News JAMA: July Motorcycle Sales Down 16.4%

JAMA: July Motorcycle Sales Down 16.4%

Japan Motorcycle Industry News

The Japan Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (JAMA) released its July statistics Friday, 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 July 2012, JAMA says 32,157 motorcycles were sold (factory shipment), a decrease of 16.4 percent over the same month in 2011.

July 2012 Motorcycle Domestic Sales Figures by Class:

  • 50cc or under 19,602 units, down 4.5%
  • 51 – 125cc 5,936 units, down 52.1%
  • 126 – 250cc 4,125 units, up 13.9%
  • Over 250cc 2,494 units, up 27.4%

Motorcycle production in July 2012 was also down, recorded as 44,885 units. Compared with the 56,896 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is a decrease of 12,011 units or 21.1 percent, and production decrease on the same month of the previous year for three consecutive months.

July 2012 Motorcycle Production Figures by Class:

  • 50cc or under 6,827 units, down 3,850 units or 36.1%
  • 51 – 125cc 4,159 units, down 2,393 units or 36.5%
  • 126 – 250cc 9,917 units, down 3,289 units or 24.9%
  • Over 250cc 23,982 units, down 2,479 units or 9.4%

July 2012 Motorcycle Production Figures by Manufacturer:

  • Honda 16,781
  • Suzuki 10,220
  • Yamaha 12,236
  • Kawasaki 5,452
  • Others 196

Motorcycle export in July 2012 was recorded as 31,998 units. Compared with the 41,846 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is a decrease of 9,848 units or 23.5 percent, and export decrease on the same month of the previous year for three consecutive months.

July 2012 Motorcycle Export Figures by Class:

  • 50cc or under class 1,397 units, down 1,252 units or 47.3%
  • 51 – 125cc class 3,051 units, down 2,602 units or 46.0%
  • 126 – 250cc class 7,661 units, down 2,594 units or 25.3%
  • Over 250cc class 19,889 units, down 3,400 units or 14.6%

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
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