Thailand Motorcycles Market is gaining momentum. In Q3 the growth speed slowed and after a double-digit increase scored in July, sales declined both in August (-6.1%) and in September (-5.0%). YTD figures were 1.46 million (+6.9%) projecting the year to the third growth in a row.
Thailand Motorcycles Industry Trend and Perspectives
The crisis is over and the thailandese 2-wheelers industry, the sixth largest worldwide is now in a fast growing line, fueled by renovated demand for individual mobility in a almost healthy economic environment.
In the last decade the motorcycles market in Thailand declined by over half a million or 25% of the original volume, mainly for the shift of clients towards the 4 wheeler industry. As the pro capita income increased in the country, people searched more for a car (or a pick up) for status and wider functionalities.
The recovery opportunity for the 2 wheeler industry is represented by the resurging demand for individual mobility and by the electrification, which is penalizing the four-wheelers for the correlated high vehicles price.
Following the previous two years growth, the market is growing in 2023 as well. After posting a first half 10.5% increase, in Q3 the growth speed slowed and after a double-digit increase scored in July, sales declined both in August (-6.1%) and in September (-5.0%).
However, Year to Date September figures were 1.46 million (+6.9%) projecting the year to the third growth in a row.
The market is driven by the scooter/underbone segment (+7.6%) thanks to a strong demand on electric vehicles, with L1 category up 101% and L3 up 125.9%, while motorcycles segment is losing 10.7%.
Looking at top manufacturer’s performance, Honda is still on top with first half sales jumped up 9.1% thanks to the success of last model year for the Wave 110i and 125.
In second place Yamaha is losing (-3.4%) as the third, Piaggio (-3.4%).
In 4th place GPX (-4.6%) followed by Lambretta (+139.6%), Deco (+214.1%), Suzuki (-27.3%) and Ryuka (-53.7%).
Thailand’s Motorcycles Industry 2022
During the 2022, the demand for new motorcycles and scooter was back in Thailand and the total annual sales have been 1.8 million, a +11.9%, the best out of last 9 years.
The industry is pushed up by the growing demand for electric vehicles. Their segments grew up 211% in the L1 category and 92% in L3. However, the EVs segment is still only the 0.5% and have huge spaces for growing.
In the competitive arena, the market leader is Honda with 1.37 million sales (+11.2%) followed by Yamaha with 284.124 sales (+6.9%) and Piaggio with 47.832 (+45.5%).
Global Production Hub
Thailand is a major motorcycle manufacturing base ranking in 5th place as regard to the production capacity (2 million), after China (23 million units), India (20 million), Indonesia (8 million) and Vietnam (3 million).
Thailand started the 1st motorcycle manufacturing in 1967 under the CKD system.
At the beginning decade of 1990, Thailand promoted the investment of four-stroke engine motorcycle instead of the two-stroke one to reduce emission problem and the production boosted reaching a capacity of 1.75 million annual units. The sales of motorcycles followed the development of the country representing the first device of personal mobility.
In the following years, while introducing Free Trade Agreements (FTA) which caused the cancellation of industrial protection measure, the industry started to export and to evolve in line with the global demand, learning new technologies and adopting state of the art rules for safety and emissions.
Nowadays, there are 7 motorcycle manufacturers in Thailand with total capacity of production at 3 million units per year. They are Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, BMW, Triumph and Ducati. Most of them are located in the Central and East regions because they are clusters of manufacturer as well as near to the seaport for export those CBUs.