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MOTORCYCLE – Japanese OEM 2005 Production Climbs, but Exports Decline

November 28, 2005
Filed under Features

Japan’s motorcycle manufacturers produced 129,104 units during June 2005, up 4.5% or 5,574 units compared with the production of 123,530 units produced during June 2004, according to a recent report by Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).
According to JAMA figures, Honda produced 49,496 units in June 2005; Suzuki, 30,153 units; Yamaha, 36,413 units; and Kawasaki, 12,999 units. During June 2004, Honda produced 49,211 units; Suzuki, 22,419 units; Yamaha, 40,372 units; and Kawasaki, 11,482 units.
Manufacturers produced 878,154 units during the six months of January-June 2005, up 11,986 units or 1.4% compared with the production of 866,168 units recorded for the same six months of 2004.
For the period from January through June 2005, Honda produced 289,942 units; Suzuki, 238,598 units; Yamaha, 244,622 units; and Kawasaki, 104,758 units.
During the same six-month period in 2004, Honda produced 289,628 units; Suzuki, 205,516 units; Yamaha, 266,172 units; and Kawasaki, 104,637 units.
Motorcycle export in June 2005 was recorded as 88,253 units, down 2,168 units or 2.4% as compared with 90,421 units recorded for the same month of the previous year.
Honda exported 33,096 units from Japan during June 2005; Suzuki, 12,654 units; Yamaha, 29,464 units; and Kawasaki, 13,039 units. A total of 45,293 units were exported to the U.S. for the month.
Total value of motorcycles exported from Japan in June 2005 was $457.35 million, including $333.77 million for vehicles and $123.58 million for parts. This is an increase of $37.22 million or 8.9% compared with an export worth of $420.13 million recorded for the same month of the previous year.
A total of 659,764 units were exported during the first six months of 2005, down 15,123 units or 2.2% as compared with 674,887 units recorded for the first half of 2004.
Honda exported 180,051 units during the first half of 2005; Suzuki, 167,761 units; Yamaha, 212,475 units; and Kawasaki, 99,477 units.
The total value of motorcycles exported during the first half of 2005 was $3,942.32
million, including $3,172.54 million for vehicles and $769.78 million for parts. This is an export increase of $237.69 million or 6.4% compared with the export worth of $3,704.63 million recorded in the same period of the previous year.

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