January 30, 2007

December 2006 & Calendar Year 2006
Automobile & Motorcycle Statistics and Summary

Automobile Production Data for December 2006

Number of Automobiles Produced
Automobile production in December 2006 was recorded as 955,040 units. Compared with the 884,766 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is an increase of 70,274 units or 7.9%, and production increase on the same month of the previous year for fourteen consecutive months.

December 2006 Automobile Production Figures by Type of Vehicle

1) Passenger cars: 822,556 units, up 73,751 units or 9.8%
Standard cars
(over 2000 cc)
452,694 units, up 93,395 units or 26.0%
Small cars 235,777 units, down 38,469 units or 14.0%
Mini car
(under 660 cc)
134,085 units, up 18,825 units or 16.3%

2) Trucks: 124,995 units, down 4,981 units or 3.8%
Standard truck vehicles 59,942 units, up 8,067 units or 15.6%
Small trucks 29,860 units, down 595 units or 2.0%
Mini trucks
(under 660 cc)
35,193 units, down 12,453 units or 26.1 %

3) Buses: 7,489 units, up 1,504 units or 25.1%
Large buses 870 units, down 91 units or 9.5%
Small buses 6,619 units, up 1,595 units or 31.7%

Number of Automobile Domestic Sales
Domestic sales in December 2006 stood at 407,804 vehicles, down 0.04% as compared with the same month of the previous year.

December 2006 Automobile Domestic Sales Figures by Type of Vehicle
Passenger cars 330,905 units, up 1.6%
Trucks 75,727 units, down 6.6%
Buses 1,172 units, up 0.6%

Exports (result) stood at 121.3% as compared with the same month of the previous year.


Automobile Production Data for Calendar Year 2006 (January – December)

Number of Automobiles Produced
Automobile production for calendar year 2006 (January - December) was recorded as 11,484,233 units. Compared with the 10,799,659 units total recorded for the previous year, this is an increase of 684,574 units or 6.3%, and production increase on the previous year for five consecutive years.

Calendar Year 2006 Automobile Production Figures by Type of Vehicle
Total : 11,484,233 units, up 684,574 units or 6.3%
Passenger cars 9,756,515 units, up 8.2%
Trucks 1,639,081 units, down 4.0%
Buses 88,637 units, up 16.1%

Number of Automobile Domestic Sales
Domestic sales for calendar year 2006 stood at 5,739,506 vehicles, down 1.9% as compared with the previous year.

Calendar Year 2006 Automobile Domestic Sales Figures by Type of Vehicle
Total: 5,739,506 units, down 1.9%
Passenger cars 4,641,732 units, down 2.2%
Trucks 1,080,174 units, down 0.5%
Buses 17,600 units, down 0.9%

Exports (result) stood at 118.1% as compared with the previous year.


Motorcycle Production Data for December 2006

Number of Motorcycles Produced
Motorcycle production in December 2006 was recorded as 153,589 units. This is 7,689 units or 4.8% down as compared with the 161,278 total registered in the same month of the previous year. It is a production down on the same month of the previous year for two consecutive months.

December 2006 Motorcycle Production Figures by Class
50cc or under 23,688 units, down 2,004 units or 7.8%
51 - 125cc 8,337 units, down 4,202 units or 33.5%
126 - 250cc 19,988 units, down 1,216 units or 5.7%
Over 250cc 101,576 units, down 267 units or 0.3%

Number of Motorcycle Domestic Sales
Domestic sales (factory shipment) in December 2006 stood at 57,447 units, an increase of 18.7% as compared with the same month of the previous year.

December 2006 Motorcycle Domestic Sales Figures by Class
50cc or under 41,523 units, up 22.9%
51 - 125cc 7,095 units, up 33.1%
126 - 250cc 5,749 units, down 20.4%
Over 250cc 3,080 units, up 50.4%

Exports (result) stood at 96.3% as compared with the same month of the previous year.


Motorcycle Production Data for Calendar Year 2006 (January – December)

Number of Motorcycles Produced
The production total for calendar year 2006 (January - December) stood at 1,771,386 units, down 20,199 units or 1.1% as compared with the production of 1,791,585 units recorded in the previous year. It is a decrease on the previous year after two years of upturn.

Calendar Year 2006 production total figures by class of motorcycle
Total: 1,771,386 units, down 20,199 units or 1.1%
50cc or under 306,246 units, up 7,697 units or 2.6%
51 - 125cc 149,868 units , down 110,475 units or 42.4%
126 - 250cc 276,043 units , down 3,231 units or 1.2%
Over 250cc 1,039,229 units, up 85,810 units or 9.0%

Domestic total sales for calendar year 2006 (January - December) stood at 700,366 units, down 0.9% as compared with the figure recorded in the previous year. It is a decrease on the previous year after two years of upturn.

Calendar Year 2006 domestic sales total figures by class of motorcycle
Total: 700,366 units, down 0.9%
50cc or under 478,196 units, up 1.5%
51 - 125cc 82,211 units , down 7.4%
126 - 250cc 91,395 units , down 8.3%
Over 250cc 48,564 units, up 2.9%

Exports (result) stood at 100.1% as compared with the previous year.


Automobile Export Data for December 2006

Number of Automobiles Exported
Automobile export in December 2006 was recorded as 551,585 units, up 96,741 units or 21.3% as compared with 454,844 units recorded for the same month of the previous year. It is an export increase on the same month of the previous year for seventeen consecutive months.

December 2006 Automobile Export Figures by Type of Vehicle
Passenger cars 486,362 units (including 15,113 units for KD)
Up 81,089 units or 20.0%
Trucks 55,921 units (including 17,899 units for KD)
Up 13,272 units or 31.1%
Buses 9,302 units (including 814 units for KD)
Up 2,380 units or 34.4%

Value of Automobiles Exported
Total value of automobiles exported for December 2006 was $12,258.63 million including $9,687.97 million for vehicles and $2,570.66 million for parts. This is an increase of $1,691.51 million or 16.0% as compared with $10,567.12 million recorded for the same month of the previous year.


Automobile Export Data for Calendar Year 2006 (January – December)

Number of Automobiles Exported
Automobile export units total for calendar year 2006 (January - December) was recorded as 5,966,672 units, up 913,611 units or 18.1% as compared with 5,053,061 units recorded in the previous year. It is an export increase on the previous year for five consecutive years.

The KD export reached the total of 384,426 units, almost the same compared with the previous year.

Figures by Type of Vehicle (Exported units total for Calendar Year 2006)
Passenger cars 5,295,497 units ,up 932,329 units or 21.4%
(KD) 181,773 units, up 6.4%
Trucks 577,974 units, down 33,982 units or 5.6%
(KD) 192,510 units, down 5.4%
Buses 93,201 units, up 15,264 units or 19.6%
(KD) 10,143 units, down 0.3%

Value of Automobiles Exported
Total value of automobiles exported in calendar year 2006 (January - December) was recorded as $134,379.66 million including $103,813.79 million for vehicles and $30,565.87 million for parts. This is an increase of $18,014.30 million or 15.5% as compared with $116,365.36 million recorded in the previous year.

Automobile Export Share (%) for Calendar Year 2006
  2006 (Jan - Dec) 2005 (Jan – Dec)
Passenger cars 88.8 86.3
Trucks 9.7 12.1
Buses 12.1 1.5

Export total achieved a 52.0% share of the total production of 11,484,233 units recorded for calendar year 2006. (* 46.8% for calendar year 2005)

Automobile Export Share by Destination Country (%)
  Total (Units) Share (%) Prev. Year (%) % Chg.
Asia 381,561 6.4 8.3 - 9.2
Middle East 590,341 9.9 10.3 + 13.6
Europe 1,305,861 21.9 23.3 + 10.8
North America
(U. S. A.)
2,488,373
(2,261,552)
41.7
(37.9)
36.7
(32.9)
+ 34.2
(+ 36.0)
Central America 247,104 4.1 4.4 + 11.4
South America 232,220 3.8 3.8 + 21.2
Africa 269,956 4.5 4.1 + 28.8
Oceania 441,912 7.4 8.9 - 1.3
Others 9,344 0.2 0.2 - 6.9
TOTAL 5,966,672 100.0 100.0 + 18.1


Motorcycle Export Data for December 2006

Number of Motorcycles Exported
Motorcycle export in December 2006 was recorded as 135,058 units, down 5,135 units or 3.7% as compared with 140,193 units recorded for the same month of the previous year. It is an export decrease on the same month of the previous year for four consecutive months.

December 2006 Motorcycle Export Figures by Class
50cc or under class 6,531 units, up 2,196 units or 50.7%
51 - 125cc class 9,609 units, down 2,604 units or 21.3%
126 - 250cc class 18,090 units, up 4,221 units or 30.4%
Over 250cc class 100,828 units, down 8,948 units or 8.2%

Value of Motorcycles Exported
Total value of motorcycles exported for December 2006 was $836.90 million including $704.70 million for vehicles and $132.20 million for parts. This is a decrease of $30.96 million or 3.6% as compared with $867.86 million recorded for the same month of the previous year.


Motorcycle Export Data forCalendar Year 2006 (January – December)

Number of Motorcycles Exported
Motorcycle export in calendar year 2006 (January - December) was recorded as 1,333,186 units, up 963 units or 0.1% as compared with 1,332,223 units recorded for the previous year. It is an export increase on the previous year for three consecutive years.

Export Figures by Class of  Motorcycle for Calendar Year 2006
  Exported Units Share (%) Prev. Year (%) % Chg.
50cc or under class 57,558 4.3 4.3 - 0.5
51 - 125cc class 124,335 9.3 14.8 - 37.0
126 - 250cc class 183,980 13.8 13.3 + 3.5
Over 250cc class 967,313 72.6 67.5 + 7.6

Value of Motorcycles Exported
Total value of motorcycle exported in calendar year 2006 (January - December) was $7,858.78 million including $6,486.10 million for vehicles and $1,372.68 million for parts. This is an export increase of $186.01 million or 2.4% as compared with $7,672.77 million recorded in the previous year.

Export total achieved a 75.3% share of the total production of 1,771,386 units recorded for calendar year 2006. (* 74.4% for calendar year 2005)

Motorcycle Export Share by Destination Country (%)
  Total (Units) Share (%) Prev. Year (%) % Chg.
Asia 64,981 4.9 6.2 - 21.1
Middle East 7,285 0.5 0.6 - 3.4
Europe 465,427 34.9 35.0 - 0.3
North America
(U. S. A.)
641,369
(595,667)
48.1
(44.7)
47.0
(42.6)
+ 2.5
(+ 5.0)
Central America 14,865 1.1 1.3 - 14.4
South America 34,520 2.6 2.7 - 3.1
Africa 38,473 2.9 2.7 + 8.8
Oceania 66,266 5.0 4.6 + 8.1
TOTAL 1,333,186 100.0 100.0 + 0.1