Assembly line for the Honda Giorno at Kumamoto factory (reference image)

Motorcycle production, exports, and domestic sales fall for second year in a row; fiscal 2015 results

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association announced its motorcycle production figures for the 2015 fiscal year (April 2015 to March 2016). According to these results, motorcycle production fell 6.6% from the previous year to 537,988 units, resulting in a deficit for the second year in a row.

Exports and domestic sales (factory shipments) for motorcycles recorded significant declines by 8.5% to 422,239 units and 6.8% to 364,589 units, respectively.

Within the motorcycle class, production of motorcycles of over 250cc fell 7.8% to 352,041 units and motorcycles of 126 – 250cc dropped 14.0% to 76,151 units, as both recorded deficits for the second straight year.

Production of motorcycles of 50cc & under grew for the first time in four years with an increase of 5.5% to 78,533 units, while motorcycles of 51 – 125cc declined 0.4% to 31,263 units, resulting in a deficit for the first time in two years.