Metric exports to the U.S. decrease sharply

Metric manufacturers’ new motorcycle exports to the United States continued the 2010 trend in July, decreasing sharply.

Metric OEMs’ exports totaled 5,445 units, a 39 percent decrease compared to the year-ago month, according to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA). The association includes Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki.

These manufacturers’ exports in the first half of the year also declined, falling 24 percent compared to the prior year.

In Canada, however, exports rose sharply to more than 1,500 units. That’s an increase of more than 53 percent.

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