With worldwide sales of more than 15-million motorcycles and ATVs, Honda Motor Co. says sales for 2008 were up 10.9 per cent over 2007 sales.
North American sales were down, however, with 391,000 units sold across the continent while 470,000 units moved last year.
Sales were down less severely in Europe, but in Asia, where many more bikes are sold, things were rosier. Honda sold 11,054,000 units in Asia, compared with 9,596,000 units in 2007, and in China, Honda moved 1,356,000 units, up from 1,166,000 units in 2007.
Figures from the Motorcycle and Moped Industry Council show total motorcycles sales in Canada were up in 2008, at 89,390, compared with 82,482 sales in 2007. The MMIC figures do not break down into separate manufacturers, however.
This from the MMIC:
For 2008 year, all categories had good to large gains with the street category gaining over 4,400
units, or a 9% increase over 2007. Dual purpose also increased by 7.5%. Mini bikes had a large
gain with an almost 100% increase over 2007, while scooters increased by 1,721 units, or plus
19.5%. Only competition and off-road rec bikes showed small decreases.
All provinces were in positive numbers for 2008 over 2007. Quebec showed the highest gain in
units with over 2,700 units, while BC and Ontario were next with over 1,100 units each. New-
foundland was noted for its nearly 17% increase, or 293 units over a total of 1,768 in 2007.
Overall, nationally, motorcycle sales were up by 6,908 units over 2007, or an 8.38% gain.