JAMA’s U.S. exports leap in first half

Motorcycle exports to the United States from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association’s members jumped 90 percent in the first half of 2011 over the year-ago period.

Through the end of June, JAMA members have exported 74,324 motorcycles to the U.S. Only 39,165 were shipped in the first half of 2010. Canadian exports have decreased 34 percent to 7,344 units. Worldwide exports decreased about 5 percent to 246,737 units for the first half.

June numbers were up both worldwide and in the U.S. Globally, JAMA members shipped 40,821 bikes during the month, an increase of 12 percent over the year-ago month. U.S. exports leapt 97 percent to 9,828 units, while exports to Canada dropped 33 percent to 845 units.

Members of JAMA include Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha.

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