H-D Production Hits 1 Million Units in Kansas City

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The Harley-Davidson Kansas City Vehicle and Powertrain Operations produced its one-millionth motorcycle, a Sportster 883L in Red Hot Sunglo, on Jan. 13.

Opened in 1998, Kansas City plant assembles all Dyna, Sportster and VRSC family motorcycles, and produces powertrains for V-Rod motorcycles. The plant was the first brand-new facility built by Harley-Davidson for manufacturing since Juneau Ave., now corporate headquarters, in 1914.

In the first quarter of 2009, H-D plans to ship between 74,000 and 78,000 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles, a 3 to 8.5 percent increase versus the first quarter of 2008. However, for the full year 2009, the company plans to ship between 264,000 and 273,000 new Harley-Davidson motorcycles, a 10 to 13 percent reduction from 2008.

"We reduced our production levels prudently in 2008, helping our dealers achieve lower inventory levels, and we're going to show similar discipline in 2009,” H-D CEO Jim Ziemer announced last month. “That's not only critical for the health of our business, but for our dealers' businesses, as well."

- Submitted by Guido Ebert