Japanese production, exports rise

For the first time in months, the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association is reporting higher production and export levels.

In fact, exports to North America were up 15 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

JAMA said motorcycle production in February increased to 157,873 units, nearly a 2 percent jump over the same period last year. More importantly, it’s the first production increase in five months.

Kawasaki had the biggest increase of the four major manufacturers, with 22,701 new bikes, a 9 percent hike over last year. Suzuki was up slightly to 47,110 while Honda (44,704) and Yamaha (43,335) were both slightly down.

Exports surged in February, compared to the February 2006. JAMA exports were up 12 percent to 122,736.

Yamaha was up 28 percent to 41,765 and Suzuki increased 21 percent to 44,999 while Kawasaki was down slightly to 19,115 and Honda fell 5 percent to 31,620.

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