The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer, which has three factories in India, says the complete closure should have been reviewed carefully.
Yamaha India boss Motofumi Shitara says India is one of the world’s largest economies and is the world’s largest two-wheeler market.
“Complete closure of economic activities in this market as well as other markets in the world has led to a massive depression, the worst since Great Depression in 1920s. The recovery period from such depression will take a long time,” he says.
Shitara says that with possible second and third wave infections, the world “needs to learn to live with coronavirus” with effective safety precautions.
This comes as Yamaha Europe has launched the Roma Edition MMXX maxi scooter for the Italian market in recognition of its resilience during the pandemic.
Italy was among the worst-hit countries with more than 233,000 infections and 33,415 deaths.
To pay homage to the resilience of the Italian people, Yamaha’s Europe Design Division in Gerno di Lesmo has spiced up the XMax Roma Edition with graphics of Roman streets on the fairing and silhouettes of the Colosseum on the rear.
It also comes with a sporty windscreen and aluminium.
The XMax is one of the top-selling scooters in Italy.