News 2010 Japanese Motorcycle Statistics

2010 Japanese Motorcycle Statistics

Industry Results Improve

Japanese motorcycle production in Dec. 2010 was recorded as 54,913 units. Compared with the 51,915 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is an increase of 2,998 units or 5.8%, and production increase on the same month of the previous year for ten consecutive months.

The Dec. 2010 Japanese motorcycle production figures showed that Honda made 16,043 units (+ 0.9%), Suzuki 16,070 units (+ 22.7%), Yamaha 12,520 units (- 6.8%), Kawasaki 10,273 units (+ 8.3%) for a total 54,913 motorcycles (+ 5.8%).

The total number of Japanese motorcycles produced from Jan. 2010 to Dec. 2010 was recorded as 664,175 units. Compared with the 644,901 units recorded for the previous year, this is an increase of 19,274 units or + 3.0%, and production increase after four years of downturn.

The 2010 Japanese motorcycle production figures by class are as follows: 50cc or under was 87,513 units, down 20,904 units (-19.3%), 51 – 125cc was 80,630 units, up 23,206 units or (+ 40.4%), 126 – 250cc was 108,950 units, down 16,434 (- 13.1%), and the over 250cc was 387,082 units, up 33,406 units (+ 9.4%).

The 2010 Japanese motorcycle production figures by manufacture are as follows: Honda made 201,007 units (+ 2.5%), Suzuki made 167,606 units (+ 103.7%), Yamaha made 182,734 units (+ 11.5%), Kawasaki made 112,752 units (- 8.4%), others made 76 motorcycles (+ 7.0%), and the total was 664,175 units (+ 3.0%).

Japanese Dec. 2010 domestic sales (factory shipment) in Dec. 2010 stood at 25,942 units, an increase of 4.1% as compared with the same month of the previous year.

The motorcycle domestic bike sales showed the 50cc or under class improved to 17,364 units (+ 2.9%), the 51 – 125cc class increased to 5,192 units (+ 27.9%), the 126 – 250cc class dropped to 1,833 units, (- 9.6%) and the over 250cc class dropped to 1,553 units (-20.4%).

Japanese domestic motorcycle sales (factory shipment) for calendar year 2010 stood at 380,242 units, a decrease of 0.1% and the decrease for five consecutive years.

The 2010 Japanese motorcycle domestic sales figures by class are as follows: 50cc or under was 231,247 units (- 9.5%), 51 – 125cc was 96,368 units (+ 46.3%), 126 – 250cc was 27,275 units (- 26.6%), and over 250cc was 25,352 units (+ 14.5%).

Japanese motorcycle export in Dec. 2010 was recorded as 40,682 units. Compared with the 37,513 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is an increase of 3,169 units or 8.4%, and export increase on the same month of the previous year for eighth consecutive months.

Dec. 2010 Motorcycle Export Figures by Class
50cc or under class 689 units, up 415 units or 151.5%
51 – 125cc class 2,950 units, down 574 units or 16.3%
126 – 250cc class 9,249 units, down 108 units or 1.2%
Over 250cc class 27,794 units, up 3,436 units or 14.1%

Total value of motorcycles exported for Dec. 2010 was $396.853 million including $258.008 million for vehicles and $138.845 million for parts. This is an increase of $58.697 million or 17.4% as compared with $338.156 million recorded for the same month of the previous year.

Dec. 2010 Motorcycle Export Figures by Export
Destination Units Chg. from prev. year (%)
Asia 5,183 93.6%
Middle-East 309 47.2%
Europe 16,816 103.4%
(EU) 16,109 104.3%
North America 8,127 147.9%
(U.S.A). 7,208 146.5%
Central America 363 128.3%
South America 3,244 124.75%
Africa 2,748 104.4%
Oceania 3,892 96.4%
Total 40,682 108.4%

Japanese motorcycle export for the calendar year 2010 was recorded as 493,464 units. Compared with the 543,879 units total recorded for the previous year, this is a decrease of 50,415 units or 9.3%, and export decrease for four consecutive years.

Total value of motorcycles exported for calendar year 2010 was $4,414.565 million including $3,057.573 million for vehicles and $1,356.992 million for parts. This is an increase of $0.272 million or 0.0% as compared with $4,414.293 million recorded for the previous year.

2010 Japanese Motorcycle Export Figures by Class
Total (Units) Share (%) Prev. Year (%) % Chg.
50cc & under 11,522 2.3% 2.7% 79.5%
51 – 125cc 48,976 9.9% 8.2% 109.5%
126 – 250cc 85,506 17.3% 18.6% 84.4%
Over 250cc 347,460 70.4% 70.5% 90.6%
Total (All) 493,464 100.0% 100.0% 90.7%

Export total achieved a 74.3% share of the total production of 664,175 units recorded for calendar year 2010. (*84.3% for calendar year 2009)

2010 Motorcycle Export Share by Destination
Country Total (Units) Share (%) Prev. Year (%) Chg. (%)
Asia 40,791 8.3 9.6 78.2%
Middle-East 3,886 0.8% 0.7% 98.2%
Europe 228,072 46.2% 38.8% 108.1%
North America 106,251 21.5% 33.6% 58.2%
(U.S.A.) (88,074) (17.8%) (29.5%) (54.8%)
Central America 5,348 1.1% 1.0% 101.3%
South America 33,515% 6.8% 3.65 169.5%
Africa 25,662 5.2% 4.5% 105.1%
Oceania 49,939 10.1% 8.2% 112.0%
Total 493,464 100.0% 100.0% 90.7%

2010 Motorcycle Export Figures by Manufacturer
Units Chg. from prev. year (%)
Honda 106,400 91.9%
Suzuki 113,184 76.5%
Yamaha 164,861 104.9%
Kawasaki 109,019 88.6%
Total 493,464 90.7%

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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