Motorcycle sales flat, car sales rise

Cheap finance thought to be the main factor behind flowing car sales

Posted: 7 August 2012
by Visordown News

Super-Minis ... clearly raising the bar

MOTORCYCLE sales for the first six months of the year have been broadly flat, while car sales have shown their fastest rise in two years.

In the first six months of this year, 44,938 motorcycles were sold, a rise of just 1.2% on the same period in 2011. However sales of cars are up 3.5% for the year to date, with 9.6% rise in the last month alone.

The motorcycle capacity sector showing growth is the 51cc-125cc category with 18,428 unit sold, up 13.7% on last year. The only category types to show growth are Adventure Sport and Scooter (over 125cc). The Adventure Sport category is 32.6% up on last year, with 7,887 units sold, compared to 5,950 for the same period last year.

However, despite good sales of Adventure Sport and Maxi Scooters, every other sector is down, with Touring showing the biggest decrease; a 22.7% drop compared to last year.

Cheap finance is said to be the driving factor for the increased car sales, with cars like the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa in the super-mini sector an impressive 93% up on 2011.


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Not much of a surprise really... have you seen the weather??? ;-)

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 12:45

Sportbikes down 6%, adventure sport up 20%. Theories ?

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 15:57

Britain is 'Broke'....The weather isn't helping. Who is willing to pay £12,000 for a bike when you can get a very nice brand new car for that price....

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 10:17

Is this new Bikes or all sales?
Don't forget that prices of new Japanese bikes have shot up over the last couple of years,a new 600 Hornet now costs something like £6500 on the road.Not that long ago the kind of bike I'd consider buying new....not at that price,not least with the savage depreciation we're expected to live with these days.Lovely bike but to my mind at least not a 6 Grand + bike.I know it's not the manufacturers fault,the Yen is high and the Japs didn't have the advantage of Gordon Brown's financial expertise to crash their currency but the fact are that even stuff like the Hornet,Bandits,XJ600s etc is now out of my price range at current new prices.

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 10:25

Is this new Bikes or all sales? 
Don't forget that prices of new Japanese bikes have shot up over the last couple of years,a new 600 Hornet now costs something like £6500 on the road.Not that long ago the kind of bike I'd consider buying new....not at that price,not least with the savage depreciation we're expected to live with these days.Lovely bike but to my mind at least not a 6 Grand + bike.I know it's not the manufacturers fault,the Yen is high and the Japs didn't have the advantage of Gordon Brown's financial expertise to crash their currency but the fact are that even stuff like the Hornet,Bandits,XJ600s etc is now out of my price range at current new prices
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Posted: 08/08/2012 at 12:41

Insurance isn't helping. I would love to buy a new sportsbike for the weekends, but the insurance just isn't worth it. Shame really as have had my eye on a nice Daytona for a while. :(

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 15:05

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