Metric OEM exports to North America dip substantially

Metric manufacturers cut back drastically on exports to the United States in July, a trend that has been seen throughout the summer.

Metric OEMs, including Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki, exported 8,942 motorcycles to the United States, a decline of nearly 64 percent compared to the year-ago month, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).

Canada also saw a decrease. Metric OEM exports there totaled 1,033, a decrease of nearly 19 percent from the year-ago period.

Last year in the United States, June and July exports totaled more than 46,000 motorcycles. This year, that number has dwindled to approximately 16,500.

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