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Feb. 13, 2006 – Examining Japan’s production in 2005

February 13, 2006
Filed under Features

Japan’s four largest motorcycle manufacturers produced 161,278 units in December 2005, down 5% or 8,545 units from 169,823 units produced in December 2004, according to Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).
The manufacturers association also said Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki produced a total of 1,791,585 units in 2005, up 3% or 52,001 units from 2004 year-end production of 1,739,584 units.
For December 2005, Honda produced 48,460 units, down from 50,571 units in December 2004; Suzuki produced 44,179 units, down from 44,812; Yamaha produced 43,588, down from 51,467; and Kawasaki produced 25,016, down from 22,954.
For the full-year 2005, Honda produced 590,251 units, down from 567,628 units in 2004; Suzuki produced 489,005 units, up from 397,104; Yamaha produced 471,254, down from 554,181; and Kawasaki produced 240,648, up from 220,308.
JAMA said Japan’s four manufacturers exported 140,193 units in December 2005, down 8.5% or 12,991 units compared to 153,184 units exported in December 2004. Exports to the United States during the month numbered 57,762 units, down from 69,335 units exported in December 2004.
For the full-year 2005, manufacturers exported a total of 1,332,223 units, up 0.4% or 5,079 units from the 1,327,144 units exported in 2004. Exports to the United States during the year totaled 567,367 units, up from 525,463 units sent to the U.S. in 2004. psb
—Compiled by Guido Ebert

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