JAMA: June Motorcycle Sales Down 0.9%

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Motorcycle Industry News

The Japan Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (JAMA) released its June statistics Monday, reporting on domestic sales, production and exports of motorcycles from the big four (Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha) and others in Japan.

For the month of June 2012, JAMA says 34,522 motorcycles were sold (factory shipment), a decrease of 0.9 percent over the same month in 2011.

June 2012 Motorcycle Domestic Sales Figures by Class

  • 50cc or under 20,368 units, down 11.0%
  • 51 – 125cc 7,194 units, up 11.7%
  • 126 – 250cc 4,035 units, up 6.0%
  • Over 250cc 2,925 units, up 72.3%

Motorcycle production was also down; JAMA says 41,984 motorcycles were produced in the month of June 2012, compared with 55,322 units in June of 2011. This is a decrease of 13,338 units, or 24.1 percent.

June 2012 Motorcycle Production Figures by Class

  • 50cc or under 7,363 units, down 2,741 units or 27.1%
  • 51 – 125cc 3,163 units, down 2,742 units or 46.4%
  • 126 – 250cc 8,175 units, down 3,849 units or 32.0%
  • Over 250cc 23,283 units, down 4,006 units or 14.7%

Exports also followed this downward trend, JAMA reporting that exports were down 13.5% in June 2012 compared to June 2011.

June 2012 Motorcycle Production Figures by Manufacturer

  • Honda 12,637
  • Suzuki 10,958
  • Yamaha 12,394
  • Kawasaki 5,972
  • Others 23
  • Total 41,984

Although June numbers were down, first-half year production numbers were positive. JAMA says that for the first half of 2012 (January through June), motorcycle production was recorded at 317,974 motorcycles. Compared with 302,595 units total recorded during the first half of 2011, this is an increase of 15,379 units or 5.1 percent.

The First Half of 2012 Motorcycle Production Figures by Class:

  • 50cc or under 49,780 units, down 5,131 units or 9.3%
  • 51 – 125cc 22,050 units, down 4,658 units or 17.4%
  • 126 – 250cc 43,427 units, up 2,801 units or 6.9%
  • Over 250cc 202,717 units, up 22,367 units or 12.4%

The First Half of 2012 Motorcycle Production Figures by Manufacturer:

  • Honda 107,695
  • Suzuki 78,452
  • Yamaha 91,142
  • Kawasaki 40,662
  • Others 23
  • Total 317,974