Bajaj Auto has been talking for a few months about how scooters are passe and motorcycles are the future, but its peers don't seem to think so.
Mahindra and Mahindra's foray into two-wheelers began with scooters, and this year bike maker Yamaha too unveiled its first scooter, albeit not one of its famous monsters but a scooterette in the form of Ray.
So what does this Ray do?
First up, its dimensions are small — suitable for ladies. True to that form, Yamaha roped in Deepika Padukone as its brand ambassador.
The vehicle is dimunitive, though its engine is quite refined and has a rated top speed of 85 kph, which it achieves.
Body colours keep the ladies in mind, and the appearance is quite pleasing. The headlights, placed on the front body rather than the top area, is bright and lights up the right places in both beams, which is welcome.
The scooter is quick off the mark, and the only area we found lacking was in the ability to come to an equally competent stop. Why do these bike-makers focus so much on the speed and not enough on braking? Agghhh.
Of course, fuel efficiency has never been a strong point with Yamaha, and that is reflected in the Ray as well, with a dismal on-road average of 40 kpl. It may improve, but may be not by enough to attract frugal customers. Pricing, too, is on the higher side.