Yamaha unveils prototype personal vehicle MOTIV at 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013
The theme of the Yamaha Motor booth for the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 is Revs your Heart and it offers a chance for visitors to experience the growing world of personal mobility unique to Yamaha, a specialist in small vehicles for personal mobility. On display at the Yamaha booth is MOTIV (Special exhibit / Prototype) automobile currently under research and development. Yamaha prototype MOTIV car pursues the driving pleasure generated from the sense of unity with the machine the driver feels.
This new idea for a personal vehicle for urban areas was born while researching and developing multi-wheeled vehicles that stay true to the original appeal of a motorcycle. The lightweight, high-rigidity, high-strength chassis, independent suspension for each wheel, rear-motor/rear-wheel-drive layout, aerodynamic body shell and a power unit loaded with Yamaha engine technology represents a package that creates a type of driving fun with a link to motorcycling – an entirely new experience.
The most distinctive feature is the skeleton frame based on the iStream (A manufacturing and design process to produce optimal engineering and safety designs; proposed by Gordon Murray Design Limited and originating in Formula One racing cars) process. The frame uses a combination of steel tube piping and composite materials, and demonstrates the possibilities for pursuing high levels of handling stability and safety. The frame has the adaptability to be modified to accommodate various chassis designs and power units.
The Yamaha booth at 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 have a total of 19 models on display that realize this growing world of personal mobility, including motorcycles, scooters, an electrically power assisted bicycle, a Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle and an automobile currently under research and development.