SYM motorcycles boosted global sales during the 2019 with a new record of 406.812 sales. The new record was based on European operations, while the manufacturer is growing in all regions, including Latin America, Africa, CIS, East Europe and in Asia. In Taiwan the year was positive while not at the best.
Indian Motorcycle has been re-build by Polaris Ind.during the last decade and the custom american brand has been revamped with a robust business model, based on seven motorbike families, apparel, accessories, clubs, mono-brand stores. While the US operations hit the best in the 2017 and then declined, sales are growing in all countries with Europe hitting over 5k units in the 2019
TVS Motor confirms to have purchased Norton Motorcycles for £16 million. Norton marque slid into administration in February after having sold only 128 motorcycles in the 2019. The company was rescued by TVS, the fifth largest motorcycles company in the World, and now has the challenge to return to former glories.
Hero Motors reported in the 2019 the first double-digit lost since 2011 divorce with Honda, hit by the lost in the domestic market which has not been balanced by international activities. The World's second largest motorcycles company is facing the first difficulty after a series of annual records and in the 2020 should demonstrate the ability to counteract a negative market environment
Bajaj Auto in the 2019 pushed the brake in the global expansion, due to the lost of 12% in the domestic sales in India. Global sales had been 3.6 million, down 0.2 million from the previous year. The growth in several markets, including CIS region and east Europe and the gain of share in Latin America allowed to contain the lost in a negative market environment.
Ducati Motor Holding ended the 2019 below our projection, due to low Q4 sales and in the 2019 was flat over the previous year, despite opening several Ducati Stores. The manufacturer has just marginally benefit from the positive industry trend in Europe, losing in the ASEAN, in North America and performing well just in China and Brazil.
Triumph Motorcycles pushed the break in the Q4 ending the 2019 marginally below the previous year record, with less than 62.000 sales globally. Around the World the performance was mixed, with the best trend in ASIA and the worst in ASEAN countries. Triumph gains in Europe but lose in North America and the 2020 will be challenging for the industry environment.
BMW Motorrad growth accelerated in the 2019 following 8 years of continuous success with a new record volume at 175.000 units (+5.8%) consolidating the third place among the best premium motorcycles manufacturers in the World. Sales grew up in all regions a part North America. European operations improved in double-digit.
Italika dominates the fast growing domestic Mexican market and is the best selling brands in the North American region, selling more than the double of the second player, Honda. In the 2019 Italika hit the record of over 700.000 sales, with near 70% of market share in Mexico and strong positions in Guatemala, Honduras and Peru.
Harley-Davidson has not been able to break the declining trend and in the 2019 scored the lowest performance in this decade. In the 2019 global sales continued to moderately decline with full year at below 218.400 units down 4.6% from the previous year. Despite the boom in ASEAN, sales declined in US, Canada and in Europe.