Cycle Sales Still On the Rise In Much of the World

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BRAZIL
Brazil's five main manufacturers of powered two-wheelers sold 1,600,157 units in 2007, up 20.8 percent from 1,268,041 units sold in 2006, says Abraciclo, Brazil's motorcycle industry association.

The organization says vehicle manufacturers produced 1,734,349 units in 2007, up 22.7 percent from 1,413,062 units produced in 2006. Exports dropped 16.8 percent to 139,880 units.

The five OEMs include Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kasinski, Sundown and Yamaha.

Harley-Davidson sold 2,388 units in 2007, up from 1,398 units in 2006; Honda sold 1,276,329 units, up from 1,018,634 units; Kasinski sold 6,783 units, up from 3,576 units; Sundown sold 87,859 units, up from 65,106 units; and Yamaha sold 226,798 units in 2007, up from 179,327 units in 2006.

Regarding production, Harley-Davidson produced 2,770 units, up from 1,114 units in 2006; Honda produced 1,376,880 units, up from 1,131,374 units; Kasinksi produced 6,831 units, up from 3,584 units; Sundown produced 87,859 units, up from 65,106 units; and Yamaha produced 260,009 units in 2007, up from 211,884 units in 2006.

H-D's most-sold model in Brazil is the Fat Boy 1600; Honda?s most-sold model in Brazil is the CG 150 Titan; Kasinski's most sold model in Brazil is the Seta 125; Sundown?s most-sold model in Brazil is the Hunter/Max 125; and Yamaha's most-sold model in Brazil is the YBR 125.

Abraciclo says it expects sales in Brazil to grow another 13 percent in 2008 despite new laws pertaining to helmet and license plate use.

GERMANY
The Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), Germany's Transportation Ministry, says retailers sold 187,284 powered two-wheelers in 2007, up 1.4 percent compared to sales in 2006.

The KBA says sales of pre-owned powered two-wheelers totaled 453,957 units, up 12.6 percent compared to 2006.

ITALY
Confindustria ANCMA, the trade association for the Italian motorcycle industry, says 566,169 powered two-wheelers were sold in 2007, up 4.9 percent compared to two-wheeler sales in 2006.

The 2007 total includes 435,473 two-wheelers larger than 50cc and 130,696 units of 50cc and smaller. Sales of two-wheelers larger than 50cc were down 2.1 percent; sales of two-wheelers 50cc and smaller were up 11.9 percent.

UNITED KINGDOM
The Motor Cycle Industry Association Ltd. says 144,583 powered two-wheelers were sold in the United Kingdom in 2007, up 8.6 percent from sales of 133,076 units in 2006.

Sales of powered two-wheelers over 50cc in size totaled 120,021 units; up 9.7 percent from sales of 109,454 units in 2006. Sales of powered two-wheelers 50cc and smaller totaled 24,562 units, up 4 percent from 23,622 units sold in 2006.

The three most popular categories of two-wheeler are supersport, accounting for 25,644 units; naked, accounting 23,386 units; and scooter, accounting for 22,169 units.