Brazil In Slowdown After 10-Year Growth

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Brazil's motorized two-wheeler industry is experiencing its first downturn in the past 10 years. Cycle sales, production and exports have all fallen during the first seven months of 2008 compared to the same seven-month period in 2007.

Manufacturers in Brazil include Dafra, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kasinski, Sundown and Yamaha.

The six manufacturers in Brazil sold 1,184,627 motorized two-wheelers in Brazil during the first seven months of the year, down from 1,600,157 units sold during the same seven months in 2007. Dafra sold 53,977 units, Harley-Davidson sold 3,040 units, Honda sold 915,893 units, Kasinski sold 4,592 units, Sundown sold 51,644 units, and Yamaha sold 155,481 units.

Regarding production, the six manufacturers produced 1,270,808 units during the first seven months of the year, down from 1,734,349 units produced during the same period last year. Dafra produced 55,113 units, Harley-Davidson produced 3,610 units, Honda produced 976,159 units, Kasinski produced 4,560 units, Sundown produced 51,644 units, and Yamaha produced 179,722 units.

Only Honda and Yamaha export two-wheelers from Brazil. Honda's exports from Brazil during the first seven months of the year totaled 52,250 units, up 6.3 percent from exports of 49,161 during the comparable period in 2007. Yamaha exported 18,615 units through July, down 22.3 percent from the export of 23,960 units during the same seven months last year.