OEMs Drop First Half Production 32% in Japan

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Japan's four major motorcycle manufacturers produced 593,384 units during the first six months of the year, down 31.7% or 275,827 units from 869,211 units produced during the first six months of 2007, says Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

Honda produced 155,266 units during the first six months of the year, down from 241,201 units produced during the same period last year; Kawasaki produced 93,251 units, down from 148,519 units; Suzuki produced 185,276 units, down from 255,864 units; and Yamaha produced 159,554 units, down from 223,439 units.

Exports
The four OEMs exported 526,888 units during the first six months of the year, down 20.6% or 136,895 units compared to the export of 663,783 units shipped during the same six-month period last year.

Honda exported 79,306 units during the first six months of the year, down from 136,191 units exported during the same period last year; Kawasaki shipped 88,526 units, down from 138,043 units; Suzuki shipped 202,462 units, up from 200,415 units; and Yamaha exported 156,594 units, down from 189,134 units.

Exports to the U.S. totaled 169,755 units for the first six months, down 30.3% from 243,552 units exported during the first six months of 2007.