Japan's OEMs Cut Production 39% During First Half of 2009

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Japan's four major motorcycle manufacturers produced 360,981 units during the first six months of the year, down 39.2 percent compared to 593,384 units during the first six months of 2008, according to output figures compiled by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

Honda produced 109,321 units during the first six months of the year, down 29.5 percent compared to 155,266 units produced during the same six-month period in 2008; Kawasaki produced 62,492 units, down 32.9 percent compared to 93,251 units; Suzuki produced 92,111 units, down 50.2 percent compared to 185,276 units; and Yamaha produced 97,035 units, down 39.1 percent compared to 159,554 units.

SIX-MONTH PRODUCTION BY DISPLACEMENT

50cc or under: 66,425 units, down 16,146 units or 19.6%

51-125cc: 21,485 units, down 36,669 units or 63.1%

126-250cc: 54,396 units, down 27,213 units or 33.3%

Over 250cc: 218,675 units, down 152,375 units or 41.1%

EXPORTS

The four manufacturers exported 340,528 units during the first six months of the year, down 35.4 percent compared to 526,888 units exported during the first six months of 2008.

Honda exported 71,049 units during the first six months of the year, down 10.4 percent compared to 79,306 units exported during the same six-month period in 2008; Kawasaki exported 61,247 units, down 30.8 percent compared to 88,526 units; Suzuki shipped 106,326 units, down 47.4 percent compared to 202,462 units; and Yamaha exported 101,906 units, down 34.9 percent compared to 156,594 units.

Exports to the U.S. during the first half-year totaled 126,250 units, down 25.6 percent compared to 169,755 units sent stateside during the first six months of 2008.

SIX-MONTH EXPORTS TO THE U.S. BY DISPLACEMENT

50cc or under: 8,344 units, up 1,708 units or 20.4%

51-125cc: 1,023 units, down 11,266 units or 91.6%

126-250cc: 15,070 units, down 870 units or 5.4%

Over 250cc: 101,813 units, down 33,077 units or 24.5%

—Submitted by Guido Ebert