Yamaha began making small-displacement motorcycles and scooters in the 1950s, and while the Japanese company has moved into producing more powerful bikes, it has never stopped making scooters. The 2008 Zuma is an entry-level scooter that has been in production since 1989, sold under various names. It was enormously popular in Europe, where it was known as the BeeWee; in fact, it was so popular, Yamaha withdrew it from the U.S. market for a few years because the company could not keep up with the demand for it in Europe. It was reintroduced to the United States in 2002, then withdrawn for a couple of years because it did not meet new emissions requirements. The 2008 Zuma was the first model to meet the new emissions standards.