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Big Four production down in April

Exports to North America drop 45.9%

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 02, 2008
Japanese motorcycle production was down 44.2% in April, says the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

The Big Four Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha, combined to produce 75,972 motorcycles in April 2008, down from 136,186 for the same month in 2007, marking the eighth consecutive month in which production has decreased when compared with the preceding year.

Honda had the largest decrease in April, producing 17,184 motorcycles, a decrease of 19,271 from the same period in 2008. Kawasaki produced the fewest motorcycles of the Big Four, with 10,132 in April, but had the largest drop by percentage with a decrease of 60.3%. Suzuki was the largest producer with 26,442 motorcycles made but still had a 38.5% drop in production. Yamaha had the smallest drop, producing 22,214 units, a decrease of 28.8%.

Exports were also down in April, as the Big Four shipped 74,856 units compared to 123,260 units in April 2007, a decrease of 39.2%. Exports to North America were down 45.9%, falling to 22,753 motorcycles from the same period in 2007.

The total value of motorcycle exports in April was US$610.49 million, including both vehicles and parts. This was a decrease of 20.3% from the $766.39 million recorded in April 2007.

Big Four motocycle production in April

April 2007 April 2008 % decrease
Honda 36,455 17,184 53.9%
Kawasaski 25,528 10,132 60.3%
Suzuki 43,007 26,442 38.5%
Yamaha 31,196 22,214 28.8%
Total 136,186 75,972 44.2%

Big Four motocycle exports in April

April 2007 April 2008 % decrease
Honda 18,570 7,944 57.8%
Kawasaski 26,139 11,112 58.5%
Suzuki 45,692 32,721 28.4%
Yamaha 32,859 23,079 29.8%
Total 123,260 74,856 39.2%