Brazil's four main motorcycle manufacturers sold a record 1.21 million two-wheelers in 2005, a growth of 14.8 percent compared to sales of 1.05 million units in 2004.
An estimated 186.1 million people live in Brazil, which has an area slightly smaller than the United States. The recently released production and sales figures make the South American country the fifth largest motorcycle market in the world.
Brazil's domestic market experienced sales of 1.02 million units in 2005, up 12.3 percent from 911,717 units sold domestically in 2004, according to figures compiled by the Brazilian Association of the Manufacturers of Motorcycles, Mopeds, Motonetas, Bicycles and Similars (Abraciclo).
The four leading producers of motorized two-wheelers in Brazil are Honda, Kasinski, Sundown and Yamaha. Honda offered consumers 22 different models in 2005 and produced a total of 981,590 units; Kasinski offered 10 models and produced 5,227 units, Sundown offered four models and produced 36,505 units, and Yamaha offered 13 models and produced 1,213,517 units.
Of the four manufacturers, only Honda and Yamaha export product for sale in other countries. Abraciclo said Honda and Yamaha exported 184,592 units in 2005, 17.3 percent more units than the 157,400 vehicles exported in 2004.
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