CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria Limited, a joint venture of the CFAO Group and Yamaha Motor Company in Nigeria, has launched the new F40J Yamaha 4-stroke outboard motor, which has a lot of outstanding features.
During the launch at the company’s head office in Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos, CFAO Yamaha Motor Nigeria’s managing director, Mr. Olivier Levigne, stated that the new motor was the first of its kind in the market.
According to him, the “Yamaha F40J outboard motor is another strong model in the Yamaha family. It is durable, extraordinarily fuel-efficient, manually operated, easily maintained with carburettor, self-diagnostic, user and environment-friendly, and comes with a strong manufacturer’s after-sales support.”
He added that an operator of the F40J motor stands to save N1.5 million on fuel per annum when operated for at least 1,450 hours.
Levigne explained that the new F40J was being introduced with a promotional price, as the company has ensured that the F40J motor is fully tropicalised for the Nigerian market as it took time to test-run the product in different parts of the country before the official introduction.
He said, “The journey of F40J started with the ban on all motors with 2-stroke engine system by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2011 due to the negative effect of the discharges on the ozone layer and human health.
“In 2013, Yamaha Motor Company of Japan started the test-run of some of their 4-stroke motors on Nigerian waters in Lagos, Ondo and Rivers states with the F20C, F25D, FT50C, F75 and F100B. The 40hp was not included in the test-run due to its electric running system (use of battery).”
According to him, “two F40B (manual) were included in the test-run list early 2015. The monitoring was done on Ilaje waterways in Ondo State with the fishermen and transporters. One year after, another corrected two units of F40J Yamaha 4-stroke motor prototype were introduced for final test run for one year and ended in November 2016.”
Also, the company’s deputy managing director/marketing director, Mr. Hisashi Fujii, affirmed the ruggedness and durability of the F40J, which, he said, has outstanding secondhand value.