In what’s become somewhat of a dubious EICMA tradition, Italian authorities have seized scooters from various show exhibitors because their designs allegedly infringed on the designs of other manufacturers. Back in 2011, authorities seized a three-wheeled scooter called the Yiben YB 250 ZKT because it was deemed to resemble the Piaggio MP3. Last year, authorities […]
2012 Yamaha TMax Announced for Canada
Yamaha announced it is importing the newly updated for 2012 TMax maxi-scooter to Canada.
First unveiled at the 2011 EICMA show, the 2012 Yamaha TMax received a sportier facelift and an updated 530cc engine Yamaha claims is lighter, more efficient and offers more torque at low- and mid-rpms compared to the 499cc engine found on the 2011 model. Yamaha claims the updated TMax can get up to 53 mpg, compared to the previous model’s 47 mpg claims.
“The TMax is a very interesting machine,” says John Bayliss, Yamaha Motor Canada’s motorcycle product manager. “For sure it’s practical, comfortable and fuel efficient like most scooters, but the TMax also offers a very exciting ride. From the engine and chassis, to brakes and suspension, the TMax features impressive performance in every category. Even the most skilled rider would be amazed with its ability to react like a sport bike!”
The 2012 Yamaha TMax will be available in “Bluish White” with a price tag of CN$10,499. At the moment, it appears Yamaha Motor Canada will not offer the ABS-equipped version of the TMax available in other markets.
As for whether the TMax will make it to the U.S., Yamaha Motor USA has not announced whether it will import the TMax. It’s worth noting however that Yamaha Motor Canada was recently shifted into a subsidiary of its U.S. counterpart. A Yamaha Motor Canada representative told us the move was purely an accounting decision and is not expected to impact operations, though the arrangement may give the Canadian subsidiary a stronger position in selecting product offerings from the parent company in Japan.