The 2016 Yamaha Janus scooter will be launched in Vietnam this month, and is the first ever Yamaha scooter to feature engine ‘stop-start’. Targetted at female riders, the Janus combines Yamaha’s “Blue Core” fuel-saving engine design philosophy to provide an environmentally conscious ride.

While not the first to the market with stop-start in the scooter market – Honda did it first with the PCX 150 back in 2010 – this budget segment scooter was developed under the “basic scooter with pride” for the female rider in her twenties. Sporting a 125 cc single-cylinder engine, the Janus produces 9.5 PS at 8,000 rpm and 9.6 Nm torque at 5,500 rpm.

Rolling on 14-inch wheels, the Janus weighs in at 97 kg, and there is a 14-litre storage compartment under the seat that can hold two half-shell helmets and rain gear. A Smart Key system is also standard fitment, increasing security.

Price for the 2016 Yamaha Janus is 27.5 million VND (RM4,961) with a projected sales figure of 100,000 units. Two other models – the Janus Deluxe and Janus Premium – will be launched in November, but no pricing or specifications were provided.