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Japanese bike exports see significant rise in November

December 27, 2011
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The latest figures from JAMA show motorcycle exports rose almost 17 percent for the month of November.

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. released its latest statistics, showing exports of motorcycles rose by 16.9 percent to 51,354 units for the month of November, compared to 43,914 units over the same period the previous year. Motorcycle production for JAMA manufacturers fell 0.8 percent, or 495 units, to 58,055 for the month of November compared to the same period last year.

Unit exports for the 50cc and under class were up 412 units, or 22.5 percent, to 2,241 units for November; exports of 51-125cc units were down 1,407 units, or 26.5 percent, to 3,910 units for November; exports of 126-250cc bikes were up 2,068, or 28.5 percent, to 9,324 units; and exports of over 250cc motorcycles were up 6,367 units, or 21.6 percent, to 35,879 units for the month of November.

Exports for Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki were up by 31.4 percent, 40.7 percent and 15.3 percent respectively, with exports of Suzuki bikes down 24.8 percent compared to the same period of last year.

The total value of exports from these manufacturers rose $50.894 million, or 13.1 percent, compared with $388.092 million recorded in the same month of the previous year.

Bike production fell almost one percent to 58,055 units compared to the same period of last year. Production of 50cc or under bikes was down 325 units, or 4.8 percent, to 6,423 bikes; 51-125cc bike production was down 2,141 units, or 31.1 percent, to 4,720 units; 126-250cc bike production was down 254 units, or 2.6 percent to 10,041 units; and production of over 250cc bikes was up 1,707 units, or 4.9 percent, to 36,871 bikes in November compared to the same period of last year.

While Honda, Yamaha, and Kawasaki saw in increase in bike production (12.7 percent, 13.7 percent and 3.4 percent respectively), production of Suzuki motorcycles fell 36 percent to 9,046 units for the month of November, compared to the previous year.

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