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Yamaha MWC-4 concept is an interesting solution to urban mobility

Yamaha debuted a motorcycle-inspired MWC-4 concept in Tokyo featuring a hybrid powertrain and Transformer-like looks.

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Yamaha MWC-4

Looking a bit like a steampunk golf cart or some sort of insectoid Transformer, Yamaha's MWC-4 is a single-seat personal mobility device that leans into corners.

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Powered comes from dual electric motors that are backed by a small range-extender engine.

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The spindly runabout looks well suited to densely populated cities with low-speed traffic where maneuverability and ease of parking are prime assets. 

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Yamaha used the Tokyo Motor Show to rollout an interesting leaning multi-wheel concept.

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Yamaha says the MWC-4's suspension setup provides a level of ride quality not found on a conventional motorcycle. 

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The MWC-4's Transformer-like looks are the result of Yamaha drawing design inspiration from motorcycles and music instruments and smashing them together in the concept. 

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Measuring just 8.7 feet in length and 2.9 feet in width, the small mobility device is well suited to navigate crowded city streets.

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A digital screen inside the of the Yamaha MWC-4.

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Since this is a Yamaha product, the company also made sure there was space in the MWC-4 concept to safely carry a music instrument in a seatback compartment.

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How the Yamaha MWC-4 looks when going around corners.

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