SALES FIGURES FOR MOTORCYCLES AND OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLES (OHV) FOR 2021

The FCAI, the peak body for Australia’s automotive industry, has announced the sales
figures for motorcycles and off highway vehicles (OHV) for 2021.

A total of 123,530 motorcycles and OHVs were sold throughout 2021. This represents an
increase of 13.4 per cent on 2020 figures.

Off road motorcycles recorded 43 per cent of overall sales with 53,118 units sold in 2021.
This is an increase of 18.8 per cent on 2020 figures.

Road motorcycles were the next most popular segment, recording 37,270 units sold. This
represents an increase of 6.8 per cent on 2020 figures and accounts for 30.17 per cent of
all units sold in 2021.

The OHV segment of the market had growth of 13.9 per cent on 2020 figures. This
amounts to a total of 28,321 units sold representing 22.92 per cent of the overall market.

Scooters make up the smallest portion of the market with 4,821 new units sold. This
represents 3.90 per cent of the overall market and is an increase of 8.1 per cent on sales
in 2020.

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said that in the context of pandemic restrictions limiting
access to showrooms, the new motorcycle, scooter and OHV market in Australia remains
positive.

“The pandemic has meant less access to showrooms for consumers. Despite this, all
sectors of the motorcycle and OHV market recorded growth throughout 2021. This
demonstrates the quality of product that manufacturers are sending to Australia,” Mr
Weber said.

The FCAI is urging Governments to take note of the large off-road motorcycle sector which
is a widely used form of recreation.

“More and more Australians are using off road motorcycles to increase their physical
fitness, as a form of mental wellbeing and as a way of experiencing the Australian bush.”

“It is important for politicians at all levels to be cognisant of this and to set aside
appropriate land for it,” Mr Weber said.

With congestion a perennial problem for all of Australia’s capital cities and major centres,
road motorcycles and scooters should be seen as tools to help ease the load on
Australia’s transport systems.

“Traffic is a major issue across Australia. Getting more commuters onto motorcycles and
scooters will help to reduce congestion and increase traffic flow.”

“We are encouraging Governments to consider how they can motivate commuters to use
motorcycles and scooters as safe, practical and efficient ways of getting around our cities
and urban centres,” Mr Weber said.

 

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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