Motorcycle output, sales up 62% in 4 months

The production and sales of motorcycles and scooters in the Philippines posted double-digit growth in the four months to April from a year ago, when manufacturing facilities and dealerships temporarily suspended operations as lockdowns were enforced in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Data from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Automotive Federation showed a total of 339,395 motorcycles and scooters were rolled out of manufacturing plants in the Philippines as of end-April, 62 percent higher than the 209,670 units last year.

In April alone, the Philippines assembled 78,555 motorcycles and scooters in contrast to the zero output in the same month last year as the government imposed the enhanced community quarantine – the strictest quarantine level which only permitted essential industries to continue operations.

Malaysia’s motorcycle and scooter output jumped 76 percent.

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