International Dealer News IDN 147 February/March 2019 - Page 64

news ROOM Honda: unit sales +8 percent BRIEFS YTD in Europe NEWS Ducati has again been certified in Italy as a “Top Employer”, gaining recognition for its “excellent working conditions” and for offering “training and skills development at all levels of the company”. The accolade is awarded by the Top Employers Institute in Italy, based on an audit of responses to an HR best practices survey. The new Ducati E-MTB has started to arrive in dealerships. The exclusive pedal-assist mountain bike can be ordered from the Ducati website or at Ducati dealerships throughout Europe. Co-developed by Ducati and Thok E-Bikes, with design and graphics by Aldo Drudi's D-Perf and support from the Ducati Style Center, it was unveiled at EICMA 2018 and described as a “cutting- edge E-MTB able to meet the needs of even the most expert riders”. The UK consumer show Motorcycle Live (Birmingham, November 2018) attracted 103,702 visitors. The total was 3,370 down on 2017 and failed to meet the growth target of the organiser, the UK motorcycle industry trade association MCIA. The MCIA is also saying that new UK motorcycle registrations in the UK in 2019 are likely to be +2.5% on the 105,467 recorded in 2018, which will be substantially below the 115,000 forecast made by MCIA CEO Tony Campbell. Zero Motorcycles has partnered with Swiss based Quadro Vehicles to produce the e-Qooder, an electric four-wheeled maxi scooter, by the end of 2019. Quadro is already producing the Qooder, a four-wheeled tilting scooter with a built-in hydraulic tilt system that allows it to bank upwards of 45 degrees while maintaining traction. 64 Honda Motor Co. has reported total sales revenues for its worldwide motorcycle business as up by +3.5% (516.5bn yen) for its third quarter (ended December 31st 2018) and +6.1% (1,610.7bn yen) for the first nine months of its ’18-’19 financial year ending March 31st 2019. For Q3, sales revenues for its motorcycle business were +9.8% in Europe at 516.5bn yen. Its biggest gain came in its home market with revenues +17.5% for Q3 and +12.2% for the nine months, with motorcycle sales revenues +14.2% (25.9bn yen) for Q3 in Europe and +16.3% (139.1bn yen) for the nine months to date. North American sales revenues were +4.8% for Q3 (41.2bn yen) and +1.6% YTD (139.1bn yen) for North America. Asian markets produced the majority of Honda’s motorcycle business sales revenues at 351.4bn yen (+3.0%) for Q3 and 1,071bn yen (+6.9%) YTD. Total Honda Group unit sales were +5.9% worldwide at 15.7m units with Europe +8% YTD (181,000 units). Total unit sales (wholesale) in Asia were +6.6 % YTD at 11.36m units YTD - India is their largest market in Asia (4.4m units), followed by Indonesia (3.7m), Vietnam (2.1m) and Thailand (1.1m). For Q3 total worldwide Honda Group unit sales (motorcycles, ATV, SxS etc) were +2.9% at 5m units, selling 40,000 in Europe, 66,000 in North America and 53,000 units in Japan. ETSC joins Training Quality Label consortium The European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the most important NGO in the field of road safety in Europe, has joined the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label consortium as a supporting member. The Label is a voluntary certification scheme for post- licence motorcycle training programmes. It aims to help motorcyclists easily identify the best safety training programmes in Europe. The motorcycle training school of the Swedish Association of Motorcyclists (SMC) has also recently been awarded the European Motorcycle Training Quality Label for their “Advice and guidelines version 3 - The Basics” programme. The SMC motorcycle training school is the largest training provider in Sweden and offers safety training courses for different levels. More than 10,000 motorcyclists attended 300 SMC courses last year. This brings the number of certified programmes to 28 - in Sweden, France, INTERNATIONAL DEALER NEWS - FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019 “We are delighted that the ETSC recognises the importance of this initiative and has decided to endorse the European Training Quality Label. We also congratulate SMC for joining the group of the best training providers in Europe” Spain, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany. According to Antonio Perlot, Secretary General of the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers: “The European Motorcycle Training Quality Label is one of the main elements of the motorcycle industry’s safety strategy and we are confident that this action contributes to the overall aim of making Europe’s roads better and safer for all motorcyclists. We are delighted that the ETSC recognises the importance of this initiative and has decided to endorse the European Training Quality Label. We also congratulate SMC for joining the group of the best training providers in Europe”. Jesper Christensen, Secretary General of the SMC, said: “Our members ride 80% of all motorcycle kilometres in Sweden, so their safety is a top priority for us. Our five hundred instructors of the SMC School strive to reach out to more riders and provide safety- orientated and fun motorcycle training. We are really happy that our educational platform has received this important recognition at the European level.” www.motorcycle-training- label.eu www.idnmag.com