Japanese motorcycle exports to U.S. flatten in 2012

Publish Date: 
Jan 31, 2013

JAPANESE MANUFACTURERS in 2012 exported 166,601 motorcycles to the United States, an increase of 1 percent compared to 2011.

During the fourth quarter, the OEMs exported 48,441 motorcycles, a decrease of 9 percent.

In comparison, Japanese exports to the U.S. rose a dramatic 87 percent in 2011 after the OEMs exported only 88,074 motorcycles to the country in 2010. (Click on line graph to enlarge.)

These figures come courtesy of the searchable database of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. They pertain to Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha.

To Canada, the Big Four exported 17,564 motorcycles in 2012, a 22 percent increase over the 14,353 they shipped during 2011. During the fourth quarter, shipments to Canada dropped 11 percent to 2,600.

Exports worldwide in 2012 decreased 5 percent to 479,163 after last year’s upturn.

JAMA says motorcycle production in 2012 was 595,327 units, a decrease of 43,860 units or 7 percent. This is the second consecutive year that production has decreased on a year-over-year basis.

During the fourth quarter of 2012, the Big Four produced 112,389 motorcycles, down 21 percent compared to the same period in 2011. Production was up about 5 percent through June 2012.

Posted by Arlo Redwine