News 12 Apr 2018

Honda leads Australian motorcycle market in first quarter as sales drop

Off-road market remains steady, records 0.5 percent decline in sales.

Source: Supplied.

Australia’s motorcycle and ATV/SSV market has seen a 1.2 percent decline in sales during the opening quarter in comparison to 2017, with the national sales data released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) revealing a total of 21,614 units were sold between January and March 2018.

Honda leads overall motorcycle sales, selling over 4863 bikes, while Yamaha closely followed in second with 4192 sales ahead of Kawasaki, who wound up the quarter with 2334 motorcycle purchases.

The off-road market saw a 0.5 decrease, as 6711 motorcycles were sold, with Yamaha representing 1685 of the units purchased in the category to take out the top spot.

KTM, Husqvarna and Honda posted increases in dirt bike sales, however Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki were forced to accept decreases compared to 2017.

KTM’s 300 EXC topped off-road sales as the most popular bike, seeing 325 bikes distributed to riders across the country. Just a couple of units behind was Kawasaki’s KLX110 with 323 sales, followed by the ever-popular Yamaha PW50, winding up with 267 sales.

Suzuki’s DR-Z400E slotted into fourth in the top off-road sales with 220 purchases, while it was Honda’s all-new CRF250R that concluded the top five with 214 sales.

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