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Japanese motorcycle exports, production continue slide

October 1, 2013
Filed under News

Continuing an 11-month stretch of consecutive declines, motorcycle exports from Japan’s Big Four motorcycle brands decreased again in August 2013, according to the latest data from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha collectively exported 28,974 units for the month of August. That compares with 33,633 units recorded for the same month of the previous year, which equates to a decrease of 4,659 units or 13.9 percent.

Broken down by displacement class, all categories experienced export declines, except the 126 to 250cc class, which was up 1,539 units or 27.4 percent. Exports for the 50cc or under class were down 20.2 percent (256 units), while 51 to 125cc dipped 35 percent (1,649 units) and the over 250cc class fell 19.5 percent (4,293 units).

By manufacturer, Honda was again down the most, exporting only 46.7 percent of its total from August 2012. Kawasaki’s exports were 93.5 percent of its previous August total, while Yamaha’s motorcycle exports rose 8.9 percent and Suzuki was up 13.5 percent.

Regionally, exports fell to North America — totaling just 75.7 percent of the previous year — while Latin America and Africa also saw declines. Japanese motorcycle exports to Asia were up 6.7 percent, to the Middle East were up 83.5 percent, Oceania was up 20.9 percent and Europe increased 28.7 percent.

August 2013 motorcycle production figures painted a similar picture, as all segments showed production declines. The 50cc or under class was down 11.1 percent, the 51 to 125cc class was down 46.6 percent, 126 to 250cc fell 25.6 percent and the over 250cc class dropped 7.1 percent.

More information is available at www.jama-english.jp.

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