Yamaha Time Line

1979

Yamaha G-1 Model Golf Car

Yamaha has always been known as a leader of innovation. That certainly held true for Yamaha's first golf car, the G-1. The G-1 was the first two-stroke powered golf car to have an oil injection system as standard equipment. It was also the first model to have a solid-state electronic ignition system. The electric version of the G-1 came along one year later, in 1980.The G-1 was the beginning of long line of Yamaha golf cars that have become recognized as the most reliable and durable golf cars on the planet.

1985

Yamaha G-2 Model Golf Car

The Yamaha G-2 model was the first golf car to feature a 4-stroke, overhead valve engine. It was also the first golf car to have an injected molded, plastic front and rear body.

1986

Yamaha G-3 Model (Sun Classic) Golf Car

The original "Neighborhood Vehicle", the G-3 was truly ahead of it's time. Standard features included deluxe bucket seats, headlights, tail lights, turn signals, a tempered glass windshield, lockable glove box, and a large front storage compartment.

1990

Yamaha G-5 Model (Sun Classic) Golf Car

The G-5 replaced the G-3 model as the next generation "Sun Classic". Improvements to the G-5 included, lightweight, high-strength Metton® resin body panels, a rack & pinion steering system, a rear view mirror and sun top integrated air vents to cool passengers.

1990

Yamaha G-8 Model (Fleet Classic) Golf Car

The G-8 was first golf car that utilized a semi-independent rear suspension that included coil over shocks.

1991

Yamaha G-9 Model (Fleet Master) Golf Car

Based on the G-2 model, the G-9 was designed to be a value conscious fleet alternative to the G-8 model.

1993

Yamaha G-11 Model (Yamahauler) Utility Vehicle

Yamaha's first Utility Vehicle had a durable steel front bumper, a solid, all-aluminum bed with folding tailgate and a trailer hitch.

1995

Yamaha G-14 Model (Ultima) Golf Car

A new larger engine (300 cc) and a longer and wider stance than earlier models made the G-14 the ultimate golf car, hence the name Ultima. The G-14 was the first golf car to have a 360° body protection system (Yamaha's Sentry Wraparound Protection System™) and blow-molded 5 mph impact-resistant front and rear bumpers.

1996

Yamaha G-11 Model (Yamahauler) Utility Vehicle

The next generation G-11 featured a larger 301 cc motor and a impact-resistant front bumper.

1996

Yamaha G-16 Model (Ultima) Golf Car

The G-16 was the next generation Ultima model. Improvements included an improved 301cc engine, a re-designed primary clutch and 4 factory available body colors.

1996

Yamaha G-19 Model (Ultima) Golf Car

Yamaha's first 48 volt electric golf car. The G-19 featured such innovative features as a roll-away safety protection and regenerative braking.

2000

Yamaha G-20 Model (Concierge) Multi-Passenger Vehicle

Yamaha's first production multi-passenger vehicle carried 4 passengers in comfort and style and was equipped with standard features like 4-wheel brakes.

2001

Yamaha G-21 Model Utility Vehicle

The replacement to the G-11, the G-21 model featured 4-wheel brakes and a larger engine than its predecessor.

2003

Yamaha G-22 Model (G-MAX) Golf Car

The G-22 was designed to provide maximum comfort, performance and reliability, hence the name G-MAX. Standard features on both models included a newly designed brake pedal (with top left parking brake), Ergo-Shade sun top and Tru-Trak rack & pinion steering. In addition, the 4-stroke model received a powerful 357 cc motor, while the 48 volt electric model received the advanced Genius System.

2005

Yamaha G-23 Model (U-MAX Medium Duty I) Utility Vehicle

The G-23 (U-MAX Medium Duty I) was one of 5 new utility vehicles for 2005. Available in gas and electric it had a large roto-molded polyethylene dump bed, a 12 volt DC accessory outlet and standard head & tail lights.

2005

Yamaha G-27 Model (U-MAX Light Duty) Utility Vehicle

Part car, part truck…all Yamaha. The G-27 (U-Max Light Duty) was one of 5 new utility vehicles for 2005. The G-27 model was available in gas and electric included a lifted suspension, a tough roto-molded polyethylene dump bed and standard head & tail lights.

2005

Yamaha G-28 Model (U-MAX Medium Duty II) Utility Vehicle

The flagship of the 2005 Yamaha utility line-up was the G-28 (U-MAX Medium Duty II). It had a lifted suspension, a large roto-molded polyethylene dump bed and featured standard head & tail lights.

2007

Yamaha YDR (The DRIVE®) Golf Car

The DRIVE has truly revolutionized the golf car industry.
Before we designed The DRIVE, we spent countless hours listening to customers, course owners and obtaining feedback from the industry. We began by asking questions no one had ever asked before. Starting with this: Why shouldn’t a golf car be fun to drive?
The culmination of this research lead to the design, development and production of what we believe is the finest golf car ever made.
Styled with classic elegance and infused with cutting edge technology, The DRIVE embodies legendary Yamaha quality and reliability.
The DRIVE features several industry firsts including an internal wet-brake transaxle that eliminates the need for brake drums and shoes, an automotive-style dash and an ATV inspired clutch that provides better response and greater hill climbing ability.

2009

Yamaha YTF1 (Adventurer One) Utility Vehicle

The Adventurer One may just be the most reliable thing since man's best friend. The newest in a long line of utility vehicles from Yamaha, it's built tough, durable and has the lowest maintenance costs in the industry.