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Yamaha MT-03 May Not Be Launched in India

Yamaha MT-03 May Not Be Launched in India expand View Photos

Yamaha has no plans of launching the MT-03 in India, a source close to Yamaha India has disclosed to carandbike.com. The MT-03, a naked version of the Yamaha YZF-R3, was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo, along with its bigger sibling, the Yamaha MT-09.

The source has clarified to carandbike.com that this year there are no plans at Yamaha to launch any more products and the MT-03 is not among the products planned at Yamaha India. For 2017, so far, there are no concrete product launch plans, he added.

Yamaha MT-03 Bike(Yamaha MT-03)

The MT-03 shares the same engine as the R3, a 321cc parallel-twin engine which makes around 40bhp power and 29.Nm of torque. Launched in August 2015, at Rs 3.25 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the YZF-R3 has failed to set the sales registers on fire.

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While Yamaha maintains that the R3 meets Yamaha's sales expectations, the fact is that the R3 has been unable to clock volumes in the middleweight performance segment, a segment led by the KTM RC 390. While India has always been a market where full-faired sportbikes are preferred over their naked counterparts, Yamaha India, for now, seems to have no plans of introducing a naked version of the R3, that too at no significant cost advantage for the buyer.

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