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dealers remain confident on registrations, says nmda

Dealers remain confident of 8% to 9% growth this year, says the NMDA.

Commenting on the latest registration statistics, the association’s head, Stephen Latham, said: “Talking to dealers, there is generally a feeling of optimism and expectation that this year is on target for 8% to 9% growth, very similar to the current 8.8% year-to-date result. This could actually be exceeded as many brands will want to run-out their stocks of Euro 3 machines in the summer selling months, prior to the launch of Euro 4 powered bikes for the 2017 market.”

Latham said the latest registrations data indicated strong demand for new motorcycles in April, with the market up 11.6% against April in 2015, and a positive year-to-date figure of 8.8% growth this year, meaning 3217 more motorcycles registered than in the first four months of last year.

“The strongest demand from riders in April has come from Supersport, Naked and Scooters machines indicating diverse choice between enthusiasts wants and commuter’s needs. In the power ranges, all cc sectors were up with the only exception being sub 50cc bikes. In volume terms the greatest demand this year is coming from units around 125cc and larger machines with engines between 651-1000cc, again demonstrating that buyers are either traditional bikers or commuter’s.

“In April the top performing brands were led by Honda with 2109 bikes registered, closely followed by Yamaha who are putting on the pressure and sold 1732 machines and in third position Triumph in with 945 motorcycle registered in the month.”



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