Japan's Production Down 5% In 2007

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The four most prolific powersports vehicle manufacturers in Japan produced 1,676,097 units in 2007, down 5.4 percent from 1,771,386 units produced in 2006.

Kawasaki was the only manufacturer to produce more vehicles in 2007 than 2006. Honda produced 466,147 units, down from 546,418 units; Kawasaki produced 278,591 units, up from 248,538 units; Suzuki produced 500,696 units, down from 523,408 units; and Yamaha produced 430,319 units, down from 452,561 units.

EXPORTS
Kawasaki also was the only manufacturer to export more vehicles in 2007 than 2006. Honda exported 277,986 units in 2007, down from 348,812 units in 2006; Kawasaki shipped 262,124 units, up from 228,307 units; Suzuki shipped 329,979 units, down from 363,977 units; and Yamaha shipped 362,707 units, down from 392,930 units.

U.S. SHIPMENTS
The Big Four shipped 455,139 vehicles to the United States in 2007, down 23.7 percent from 596,507 units in 2006.

Vehicles shipped to the U.S. in 2007 consisted of 21,331 units sized 50cc & smaller; 40,955 units sized 51-125cc; 60,875 units sized 126-250cc; and 331,978 units sized over 250cc.

Vehicles shipped to the U.S. in 2006 consisted of 44,603 units sized 50cc & smaller; 38,315 units sized 51-125cc; 76,715 units sized 126-250cc; and 436,874 units sized over 250cc.