OEMs in Japan Drop Production 40% in May

Publish Date: 
Jun 29, 2009

JAPAN'S FOUR main motorcycle manufacturers have slashed production and exports for 21 consecutive months, according to figures compiled by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha produced 41,181 units in May 2009, down 40.9 percent compared to the production of 69,626 units in May 2008. Honda produced 13,106 units in May 2009, down from the production of 17,415 units in May 2008; Kawasaki produced 7,423 units, down from 11,512 units; Suzuki produced 11,486 units, down from 19,214 units; and Yamaha produced 9,161 units, down from 21,482 units.

PRODUCTION BY DISPLACEMENT, MAY 2009

50cc or under…10,900 units, down 896 units or 7.6 percent

51-125cc…3,111 units, down 6,568 units or 67.9 percent

126-250cc…l5,849 units, down 3,711 units or 38.8 percent

Over 250cc…21,321 units, down 17,270 units or 44.8 percent

The four manufacturers exported 33,845 units from Japan in May 2009, down 45.5 percent compared to 62,048 units exported in May 2008. Honda exported 6,222 units in May 2009, down from 7,305 units in May 2008; Kawasaki shipped 4,775 units, down from 8,380 units; Suzuki shipped 14,109 units, down from 29,283 units; and Yamaha exported 8,739 units, down from 17,080 units.

Exports to the United States in May 2009 totaled 9,116 units, down 58.2 percent compared to 21,829 units exported to the U.S. in May 2008.

EXPORTS TO THE U.S., MAY 2009

50cc or under…746 units, down 260 units or 25.8 percent

51-125cc…189 units, down 1,745 units or 90.2 percent

126-250cc…608 units, down 1,031 units or 62.9 percent

Over 250cc…7,573 units, down 9,677 units or 56 percent

—Submitted by Guido Ebert