Kawasaki was the only one of the four largest motorcycle manufacturers in Japan to produce and export more vehicles between January and October 2007 than during the same 10-month period in 2006.
Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha together produced 1,413,427 units during the first 10 months of 2007, down from 1,451,788 units during the same period last year, says the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).
Honda produced 402,971 units during the first 10 months of 2007, down from 457,337 units produced during the first 10 months of 2006; Kawasaki produced 238,080 units, up from 202,604 units; Suzuki produced 416,981 units, down from 430,216 units; and Yamaha produced 355,084 units, down from 361,224 units.
Honda produced 117,516 units 50cc and under, and 285,455 units over 50cc during the recent 10-month period. Kawasaki produced no units 50cc and under, and 238,080 units over 50cc. Suzuki produced 90,153 units 50cc and under, and 326,828 units over 50cc. Yamaha produced 27,719 units 50cc and under, and 327,365 units over 50cc.
JAMA says the four manufacturers exported 1,036,871 units during the first 10 months of 2007, down slightly from 1,080,041 units during the first 10 months of 2006.
Honda exported 226,315 units worldwide during the recent 10-month period, down from shipments of 276,073 units last year; Kawasaki moved 219,788 units, up from 187,597 units; Suzuki shipped 298,759 units, down from 309,266 units; and Yamaha exported 292,009 units, down from 307,105 units.
The four manufacturers shipped 384,190 units to the United States between January and October 2007, down from 480,748 units shipped to the U.S. during the same 10 months of 2006.