16 Facts You Never Knew About Yamaha [Video]


Most people have heard of Yamaha motorcycles but don’t know much about the company itself. Yamaha Motor Company has been operating since the 1950s. Since then, the company has grown dramatically, becoming the third-largest motorcycle company in the U.S.  (Harley Davidson is number one in the U.S. market.)  What are some other things you may not have known about Yamaha?

Who Is The Founder Of Yamaha Company?

Torakusu Yamaha (1851-1916) was a Japanese entrepreneur and businesses man who fixed a broken reed organ in 1887 and developed the first reed organ. He later founded the Yamaha Corporation.

Who Is The Owner Of Yamaha Motor Company?

Shareholders are the owners of the Yamaha Motor Company, which employs roughly 53,000 people around the world. As a multi-national company, the shareholders are those who have an interest in the company with the purchase of its stocks.  Well-known individuals who help run the company are President and Chief Executive Officer and Representative Director of Yamaha Co., Ltd. Yoshihiro Hidaka and Chairman and Representative Director Hiroyuki Yanagi.

What Does The Yamaha Logo Mean?

A year after the Yamaha Corporation was established, the company opted to use a tuning fork for its corporate logo – a nod to what Yamaha was initially, which was a music instrument manufacturing company.

The first design was a “Chinese phoenix with a tuning fork in its mouth.” When the company started to grow, the logo underwent numerous changes, but the constant feature remains the tuning fork.

The three tuning forks signify the close relationship of the business’ three focuses – production, technology and sales.

The corporate color of Yamaha Corporation is violet, but its sister company, Yamaha Motor Co, Ltd., is red.

What Is Yamaha Famous For?

Yamaha is well-known for its motorcycle brands and being involved in major worldwide racing events.

Is Yamaha A Japanese Brand?

The Yamaha Corporation is a Japanese corporation that offers an extensive line of products and services rooted in the Japanese spirit.   Its corporate philosophy is Kando, which means “concurrent feelings of ultimate contentment and strong excitement people experience when they come across something of real value.”

Is Yamaha An Indian Company?

Yamaha is a Japanese-based company. The Motor India Pvt. Ltd, set up in 1985, is a Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. subsidiary. The company is still based in Japan, but the Motor India Pvt. Ltd. is set up as a regional headquarters for the business operations in India.

Is Yamaha Owned By Toyota?

Yamaha Corporation is the majority owner of Yamaha Motor Company, but Toyota does hold a 3.8 percent stake in the company, making it the second-largest shareholder.

What Product Did Yamaha Produce First?

The first product Yamaha produced was a reed organ, and in 1900, moved onto manufacturing pianos. In 1955, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. produced the YA-1, a 125 cc. two-cycle, single-cylinder motorcycle similar to the German DKW RT 125.

Why Does Yamaha Make Pianos and Motorcycles?

In 1887, the Yamaha Corporation got its start with its piano production. In 1955, the company founded Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. to build and manufacture motorcycles. This company eventually became a separate entity and is the one that develops motorcycles to this day.

What Was The First Yamaha Motorcycle?

The first motorcycle Yamaha built was the YA-1 Motorcycle (125cc, 2-stroke, single-cylinder street bike). It was built in 1955 and dubbed the “Red Dragonfly.” It was manufactured in Japan and sold in the country. It was used in races and won the first two races it was signed up for.

Cooper Motors, an independent distributor, sent two types of Yamaha Motorcycles to the U.S. in the late 1950s. These cycles were the MF-1 50cc, 2-stroke, single-cylinder street bike, step-through and the YD1, 250cc, 2 –stroke, twin-cylinder street bike.

Where Are Yamaha Motorcycles Produced?

Yamaha Motor Company Ltd. is based in Japan, and most of its popular bikes are produced at the Iwata, Japan plant. Professional and custom-made motorcycles are also developed in Japan. Check out the following video: 

Are There Any Yamaha Motorcycles Made In The U.S.?

Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America was set up in the U.S. in 1986 in the state of Georgia. Here, employees help design and produce four kinds of recreational product lines – ATVs, golf carts, recreational off-road vehicles and personal watercrafts (Yamaha WaveRunners). They are then sold around the world. Check out the following video.

What Products Does Yamaha Make?

The Yamaha Corporation is mainly known for its motorcycle line, but it’s also a huge piano manufacturer. However, it’s a diverse multi-national corporation that also manufactures home appliances, powersports vehicles, computer-related products, audio/visual products, sports equipment and so much more.

Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. took over Yamaha Corporation’s motorcycle line when it was established in 1955. The company produces an array of products from automobile engines, marine engines, ATVs, snowmobiles, personal watercrafts, etc.

Does Yamaha Manufacture Cars?

Yamaha is not involved with car manufacturing, only developing car engines and parts. It began manufacturing engines for Toyota vehicles in 1967. The company is currently focused on manufacturing auto engines for different automobile manufacturers.

What Cars Of Yamaha Engines?

Yamaha has been supplies engines for Toyota since the late 1960s, and since Toyota owns Lexus, many of Yamaha’s engines can be seen in several Lexus models. An agreement with Ford Motor Company in 1984 means Yamaha is also supplying many of its engines to the car manufacturer.

How Many Motorcycles Does Yamaha Sell?

During the 2020 fiscal year, Yamaha Motor made nearly 1.5 trillion in yen for its net sales revenue. However, it’s an 11.6% decrease from its 2019 sales, and the second time the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer saw a drop in its revenue.

The pandemic is one factor considered in the decline of sales and revenue. During the 2019 fiscal year, the company sold about five million motorcycles throughout the world, but it was a 6% decline from 2018.

References:

https://www.yamaha.com/en/about/history/

https://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/history-yamaha-motorcycle.html

https://www.hotcars.com/20-facts-americans-should-know-about-yamaha-motorcycles/

https://moneyinc.com/yamaha-motorcycles/

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