Japanese motorcycle exports to U.S remain flat in Q1

Publish Date: 
Apr 30, 2013

JAPANESE MANUFACTURERS  exported 47,286 motorcycles to the United States in the first quarter, on par with the 47,237 they exported during the first quarter of 2012.

The figure comes courtesy of the searchable database of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. The number pertains to Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha.

To Canada, the Big Four exported 8,695 motorcycles in the first quarter, a 12 percent increase over the 7,761 they shipped during the year-ago quarter.

Exports worldwide in the first quarter decreased 20 percent to 124,838.

As previously reported, Japanese manufacturers in 2012 exported 166,601 motorcycles to the United States, an increase of 1 percent compared to 2011. 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.)

JAMA says motorcycle production in the first quarter of 2013 was 150,942 units, a decrease of 39,447 units or 21 percent. At the end of last year’s first quarter, the OEMs reported a 27 percent increase in production.

Motorcycle production for Japan’s fiscal 2012 (April 2012 through March 2013) was recorded as 556,026 units. Compared with the 679,149 units recorded for the previous fiscal year, this is a decrease of 123,123 units or 18.1 percent, a production decrease after three years of upturn.

Posted by Arlo Redwine