Motorcycle sales remain muscular in May

Thailand's motorcycle market remained promising last month, although sales fell from the same period last year due to the high base.

Turnover in 2012 was distorted by post-flood demand.

Motorcycle sales in May totalled 189,056 units, down by 12% year-on-year.

Of the total, 89,876 or 48% were family motorcycles. Automatic-transmission (AT) bikes achieved sales of 85,466 units (45%), sport types sold 8,167 units (4%) and others sold 5,547 units (3%).

By maker, Honda posted the highest sales with 139,869 units for a 74% market share, followed by Yamaha with 36,480 units (19%), Suzuki with 4,765 units (3%), Kawasaki with 4,254 units (2%) and other brands with 3,688 units (2%).

Suchart Arunsaengroj, the director of AP Honda, said sales in May were satisfactory. The new school year was a major driver, boosting sales to 907,154 units in the first five months of the year, a 2% rise from a year earlier.