Friday, 24 April 2015

Spain motorcycle market

Strong growth continues in Spain

The recovery in the motorcycle market in Spain continues to be impressive - the latest data released by ANESDOR, the motorcycle industry trade association in Spain, puts new motorcycle registrations at +28.4 percent in March (at 10,901 units).

For the year-to-date the first quarter in Spain is +19.44 percent at 24,574 units; the best first quarter since the 28,883 registrations seen in 2011.
In total PTW terms Spain saw +26.7 percent growth in March (12,092 units), and is +18.6 percent at 27,801 units for the year-to-date - also the best first quarter seen there since 2011.
Last year motorcycle registrations grew by +19.8 percent in Spain for the full-year (110,396 units); with total PTW registrations up by +16.5 percent at 124,679 percent.
Honda are the top selling manufacturer in Spain so far this year, taking 15.9 percent of the market; followed by Yamaha (14.2 percent), Kymco (13.9 percent), Piaggio (8.3 percent) and BMW (6.8 percent).

Hero MotorCorp

Hero has record year

INDIAN giant Hero MotorCorp, the largest PTW manufacturer in the world by unit volume, says its sales grew by 6.2 percent in their latest financial year (April 2014 - March 2015) compared to their 2013/2014 year.
It sold 6,631,826 two-wheeler units, finishing the 12 months with 531,750 unit sales in March’15 (up from 524,028 units in March 2014).
In other news, March saw HMC-MM Auto Ltd., the joint venture between Hero MotoCorp Ltd. and Milan (Italy)-based Magneti Marelli, inaugurate its first autonomous ‘Production and Development Centre’ near New Delhi.The new centre will serve as a production facility and innovation hub to develop new-generation fuelling systems for HMCL two-wheelers. With the commencement of operations at the Development Centre, HMCL is set to become India’s first two-wheeler manufacturer to have its own EFI Product-line", according to the company.
In fact, it has been quite a few months, indeed years, for Hero - with multiple new facility initiatives in India and international strategic partnerships, including in Turkey, high profile sponsorships (Tiger Woods no less), and an announcement at the 'Milan Show' in November last year that the company intends to set up in Europe and start selling to Mediterranean markets later this year.
However, one important strategic partnership that was theoretically designed to play a huge role in giving Hero the horsepower to create a dealer network and sales in North America and Europe, and ultimately allowing them to enter the large displacement and performance markets, has just "gone south" on them.
Their 2013 acquisition of a 49.2 percent stake in Erik Buell's East Troy, Wisconsin EBR set-up, replete with European office headed up by ex Zero and Triumph man Edwin Belonje, filed for bankruptcy protection in mid-April.
It would appear that the $25m that Hero gave Buell for their non-controlling near half ownership wasn't nearly enough to allow the company to realise the ambitions of its well received 1190cc Rotax engined project (and other plans), and that Hero haven't been minded to add to the funding to secure their existing investment.
Unless Hero has a "cunning plan" in-play, the decision to cut their losses appears strange - Erik Buell and the resources that EBR was slated to develop for Hero in North America and Europe were highly strategic, and included development of new models, right through the displacement band, and new technologies, including electric hybrid powered motorcycles.
Speaking two weeks before the closure of EBR became public, Hero MotorCorp Vice-Chairman, Managing Director and CEO Pawan Munjal said that "FY’15 was a year of milestones at Hero MotoCorp – in terms of our sales performance, expansion of our global footprint, product innovation and customer engagement. Our record sales performance during the fiscal is reflective of all these efforts.
"In FY ’15, the industry continued to remain sluggish due to the overall market sentiments and the slowing rural economy. Even in such a challenging market environment, we managed to buck the trend and registered healthy growth, further consolidating our leadership. The journey from here promises to get better and [even more] exciting".

BMW Motorrad

More sales records
broken at BMW

IN the first three months of the year, BMW Motorrad achieved its best quarterly sales figures of all time. March saw sales increased to 31,370 vehicles (previous year 28,719 units). This is an increase in sales of 9.2 % as compared to the equivalent period last year. In March BMW Motorrad delivered 15,912 motorcycles and Maxi Scooters worldwide (the previous year saw delivery of 15,183 units) amounting to a 4.8% growth in sales.

BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

Heiner Faust, BMW Motorrad Head of Sales and Marketing, said: "BMW Motorrad has started into the new 2015 motorcycle season with the best first quarterly sales of all time. For the first time ever in the history of BMW Motorrad we have supplied more than 31,000 vehicles to our customers in the first three months, which corresponds to a significant plus of 9.2%. We are reaching more and more customers all over the world with our highly emotional brand and our attractive, sporty bikes. In the first three months we recorded growth in nearly all sales regions. Germany still remains our strongest single market. Selling 5,369 vehicles as per March we increased sales here by 12% as compared to the previous year”.
This is followed by the USA (3,229 units), France (3,155 units), Italy (2,936 units) and Great Britain (1,746 units). The first quarter in some of the countries in Southern Europe was especially pleasing. Portugal (+46%) and Spain (+24%) showed considerable growth compared to the previous year period. In the Asian markets too, demand developed very positively.
The BMW Motorrad sales ranking is still headed by the R 1200 GS travel enduro and its sister model, the R 1200 GS Adventure. More than 10,000 units have already been delivered to customers this year worldwide. Third place goes to the R 1200 RT, of which 2,681 were sold. After only being on sale for a few weeks the new S 1000 RR already holds fourth place. The fourth generation of the BMW supersports bike got off to an excellent start selling 2,574 units.

UK motorcycle market

UK market sees continued growth

The latest data released by the MCIA, the motorcycle industry trade association in the United Kingdom, puts new motorcycle registrations at +13.3 percent for March this year (15,373 units), with the year to date being up an impressive +14.2 percent (23,329 units).

The UK market has now seen new motorcycle registrations grow for 13 consecutive months, and 21 out of the past 27 months.
In total PTW registration terms, the UK was +11.8 percent in March (16,282 units) and is +11.7 percent at 25,249 units for the year to date - representing 15 consecutive months of total PTW sales growth.
The Naked-style sector continues to be the strongest in the UK at +33.6 percent for the year to date (6,334 units), followed by the adventure sport sector (+17.9 percent, 4,026 units).
The top selling motorcycle in the UK in March this year was the Yamaha MT-09 Tracer (333 units), followed by the BMW S 1000 RR (283 units).
Honda scored top spot in market share terms, selling 3,041 units, followed by Yamaha (2,175), BMW (1,630) and Triumph (1,496).
The most recent available data (2012) says that there are 1.2 million PTWs in use in the UK; that some 45,000 new riders passed their motorcycle test in the UK in 2012/13 (down from 70,000 in 2008/09, and that the total distance travelled by motorcycle in the UK was 4.6 bn KM (2.8 bn miles) in 2012 (down from 5.1 bn KM/3.2 bn miles in 2009).


Deltran expands European operation

DELTRAN, the Florida, USA based company behind the Battery Tender line of chargers and accessories has expanded its operation in Europe with a new UK-based business office.
All orders can be placed directly with Deltran's global sales team at the UK business office by telephone, online or by fax.
All product will be distributed from the Deltran Distribution Centre in The Netherlands, with billing and product support handled by the UK-based international staff.


Exan exhausts for CB650F

EXAN’s latest product launch is a range of exhaust systems for Honda’s CB650F with options that include steel, titanium and carbon silencers. 

All of the Exan systems for the CB650F feature stainless steel header pipes and a removable db killer. The muffler options on the complete systems are the X-Black in a choice of satin stainless steel, black stainless steel, titanium or carbon, and the X-Black Evo in either satin stainless steel or a polished finish.

Lissone (Mi), ITALY
Tel: +39 0392 782 799


Twiins FF2 hands-free kit

THE Twiins Bluetooth hands-free kit is aimed at young, urban short-trip moped and scooter riders.

Created for full-face helmets, it is a fully integrated and easy to install Bluetooth enabled mobile phone compatible device that can be upgraded with a voice answering facility. Designed as a "trendy, easy-to-use accessory at an affordable price" that allows riders to stay connected to their mobile phone or GPS, listen to music or talk to their passenger.
Twiins is a discreet, feature-rich, practical, simple access product that is "within the reach of all users and budgets". The kit includes a built-in speaker and microphone with single-button activation, and works as an intercom when linked to a Twiins D3 device.

Terrassa/Barcelona, SPAIN
Tel. +34 93 7336566


Power to your tankbag!

FOR owners of tankbags that have the round ‘cross-hair’ electrical power entry point, power-on-the-go specialist OptiMate has designed a true weatherproof power-entry specifically so riders can connect their accessories to the bike's battery from the safety and convenience of the tankbag.

The O-30 tank bag kit‘s inner connector is a DC2.5mm axial socket that easily fits through the prepared power entry.
Once the power-elbow is in position the entry point is sealed against the ingress of water with custom moulded rubber washers that are compressed with a stainless steel half nut and locking washer.
Power is fed into the bag through the external heavy duty OptiMate SAE connector that fits all other industry standard SAE connectors. 

Only the 12V external power socket adapter and cable needs to be selected to fit the make and model of bike from the extensive OptiMate range.
Gadgets can also be charged whilst riding with the weatherproof O-103 OptiMate USB 2100mA charger that fits the inner connector (DC2.5mm socket), or the SAE to DC plug adapter (included with the O-30 power elbow kit) to connect the compact O-100 USB charger.

Tel: +32 (0)16 805440