Motorcycle Industry NewsThe Japanese Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (JAMA) released its October motorcycle production/sales numbers Wednesday.
JAMA reports that although year-on-year motorcycle production was down 3.4 percent for the month of October, sales were up 3 percent. This data consists of the big four – Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki, and a smaller percent of other Japanese manufacturers.Following are the Japanese statistics for motorcycles produced, domestic sales and export data.In October 2011, 56,220 motorcycle were produced compared to 58,205 units in the same period of 2010; this was a decrease of 3.4 percent.October 2011 Motorcycle Production Figures by Class 50cc or under 6,981 units, up 352 units or 5.3%
51 – 125cc 6,595 units, down 1,996 units or 23.2%
126 – 250cc 9,903 units, down 677 units or 6.4%
Over 250cc 32,741 units, up 336 units or 1.0%
Domestic sales (factory shipment) in October 2011 stood at 30,157 units, an increase of 3.0 percent as compared with the same month of the previous year.October 2011 Motorcycle Domestic Sales Figures by Class 50cc or under 16,531 units, up 1.4%
51 – 125cc 9,296 units, down 5.9%
126 – 250cc 2,541 units, up 39.2%
Over 250cc 1,789 units, up 41.8%
October exports (result) stood at 100.5% as compared with the same month of the previous year.Motorcycle Production Figures by Manufacturer MotorcycleUnits Chg. from prev. year (%)
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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