Japan Q1 Production Down 24%

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Japan's four largest motorcycle manufacturers produced 362,090 units during the first three months of 2008, down 24 percent from the production of 477,295 units during the same three-month period in 2007.

Honda produced 90,544 units, down from 130,307 units; Kawasaki produced 59,487 units, down from 76,182 units; Suzuki produced 123,192 units, down from 140,277 units; and Yamaha produced 88,844 units, down from 130,451 units.

The four OEMs exported 325,882 units during the first three months of the year, down 15 percent from the export of 383,668 units during the same three-month period last year.

Honda exported 50,645 units, down from 77,680 units; Kawasaki shipped 59,388 units, down from 73,023 units; Suzuki shipped 122,463 units, down from 122,562 units; and Yamaha exported 93,386 units, down from 110,403 units.

The OEMs shipped 105,136 units to the United States during the first three months of the year, down 32 percent from 155,573 units during the first three months of 2007.