Mo­tor­cy­cle sales hit a bumpy road

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE -

MO­TOR­CY­CLE sales have failed to fol­low re­bound­ing new car num­bers, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased yes­ter­day.

Sales fig­ures for 2010 re­leased by the Fed­eral Cham­ber of Au­to­mo­tive In­dus­tries (FCAI) showed 105,766 mo­tor­cy­cles and all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles (ATVs) were sold last year — a drop of just over 10,000 units or 8.9 per cent com­pared with 2009 sales.

Mo­tor­cy­cle sales hit record highs in 2008, when 134,112 mo­tor­cy­cles, scoot­ers and ATVs were sold.

The 2009 mar­ket fin­ished with 115,981 — a drop of 13.6 per cent (18,298 units) over the record 2008 mar­ket.

FCAI chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew McKel­lar said the mar­ket showed early signs of re­cov­ery in 2010’s last quar­ter.

‘‘That’s pro­vid­ing us with some hope of a turn­around in the New Year,’’ Mr McKel­lar said. ‘‘To sell more than 100,000 mo­tor­cy­cles in any year is a good out­come.’’

Mr McKel­lar said the com­pet­i­tive mar­ket would re­ward buy­ers but ad­vised cau­tion when mak­ing choices.

‘‘Buy­ers need to be mind­ful that they are get­ting ef­fec­tive value for money; stick with those brands that have a proven com­mit­ment to ser­vice and qual­ity — be wary of low-qual­ity im­i­ta­tions and ‘grey’ im­ports,’’ he said.

Off-road bikes re­mained the most pop­u­lar with 38,423 sales, a 9.7 per cent drop.

Road bike sales to­talled 37,968 — down 11.1 per cent — with ATV sales also fall­ing 7 per cent to 18,942 units.

Scooter sales fin­ished at 10,433 units, down by just 0.6 per cent on 2009 num­bers.

— STU­ART MARTIN

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