September 30, 2008

Automobile & Motorcycle Statistics and Summary for August 2008

Automobile Production Data for August 2008

Number of Automobiles Produced
Automobile production in August 2008 was recorded as 769,829 units. Compared with the 864,283 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is a decrease of 94,454 units or 10.9%, and production decrease on the same month of the previous year after thirteen months of upturn.

August 2008 Automobile Production Figures by Type of Vehicle

1) Passenger cars: 653,485 units, down 78,274 units or 10.7%
Standard cars
(over 2000 cc)
393,080 units, down 44,133 units or 10.1%
Small cars 172,334 units, down 23,835 units or 12.2%
Mini car
(under 660 cc)
88,071 units, down 10,306 units or 10.5%

2) Trucks: 106,911 units, down 17,583 units or 14.1%
Standard truck vehicles 54,822 units, down 3,127 units or 5.4%
Small trucks 23,694 units, down 5,261 units or 18.2%
Mini trucks
(under 660 cc)
28,395 units, down 9,195 units or 24.5 %

3) Buses: 9,433 units, up 1,403 units or 17.5%
Large buses 928 units, down 84 units or 8.3%
Small buses 8,505 units, up 1,487 units or 21.2%

Number of Automobile Domestic Sales
Domestic sales in August 2008 stood at 310,091 vehicles, down 10.7% as compared with the same month of the previous year.

August 2008 Automobile Domestic Sales Figures by Type of Vehicle
Passenger cars 255,295 units, down 8.0%
Trucks 53,730 units, down 21.4%
Buses 1,066 units, down 23.9%

Exports (result) stood at 97.8% as compared with the same month of the previous year.


Motorcycle Production Data for August 2008

Number of Motorcycles Produced
Motorcycle production in August 2008 was recorded as 76,487 units. Compared with the 135,522 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is a decrease of 59,035 units or 43.6%, and production decrease on the same month of the previous year for twelve consecutive months.

August 2008 Motorcycle Production Figures by Class
50cc or under 8,374 units, down 24,192 units or 74.3%
51 - 125cc 11,081 units, down 2,359 units or 17.6%
126 - 250cc 14,847 units, down 16,894 units or 53.2%
Over 250cc 42,185 units, down 15,590 units or 27.0%

Number of Motorcycle Domestic Sales
Domestic sales (factory shipment) in August 2008 stood at 51,555 units, a decrease of 26.1% as compared with the same month of the previous year.

August 2008 Motorcycle Domestic Sales Figures by Class
50cc or under 21,409 units, down 51.9%
51 - 125cc 18,494 units, up 49.7%
126 - 250cc 5,353 units, down 49.0%
Over 250cc 6,299 units, up 163.6%

Exports (result) stood at 88.8% as compared with the same month of the previous year.


Automobile Export Data for August 2008

Number of Automobiles Exported
Automobile export in August 2008 was recorded as 496,735 units. Compared with the 508,156 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is a decrease of 11,421 units or 2.2%, and export decrease on the same month of the previous year after thirty seven months of upturn.

August 2008 Automobile Export Figures by Type of Vehicle
Passenger cars 430,691 units (including 12,947 units for KD)
Down 18,132 units or 4.0%
Trucks 54,363 units (including 21,202 units for KD)
Up 3,416 units or 6.7%
Buses 11,681 units (including 1,007 units for KD)
Up 3,295 units or 39.3%

Value of Automobiles Exported
Total value of automobiles exported for August 2008 was $12,012.26 million including $9,499.24 million for vehicles and $2,513.02 million for parts. This is an increase of $263.52 million or 2.2% as compared with $11,748.74 million recorded for the same month of the previous year.


Motorcycle Export Data for August 2008

Number of Motorcycles Exported
Motorcycle export in August 2008 was recorded as 59,684 units. Compared with the 67,234 units total recorded for the same month of the previous year, this is a decrease of 7,550 units or 11.2%, and export decrease on the same month of the previous year for eleven consecutive months.

August 2008 Motorcycle Export Figures by Class
50cc or under class 4,367 units, up 2,262 units or 107.5%
51 - 125cc class 9,153 units, down 1,257 units or 12.1%
126 - 250cc class 11,021 units, down 2,498 units or 18.5%
Over 250cc class 35,143 units, down 6,057 units or 14.7%

Value of Motorcycles Exported
Total value of motorcycles exported for August 2008 was $426.85 million including $289.08 million for vehicles and $137.77 million for parts. This is an increase of $11.66 million or 2.8% as compared with $415.19 million recorded for the same month of the previous year.