Honda closes the year in style

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Honda has finished 2014 as the leading manufacturer in the UK after selling more than 850 units in December.

And the best performing model in terms of sales for the Japanese manufacturer is the Honda NSC 110 WH, with 133 new registrations in December – traditionally one of the slowest months for bike sales.

Also performing well for Honda are the CBF 125, CB 500 XA and CRF 200 with 90, 38 and 34 sales in December respectively, enough to top Naked, Scooter, Trail and 126-659cc categories for the month.

Surprisingly, the PCX scooter, one of Honda’s most consistent performers throughout the rest of 2014, didn’t feature in the bestsellers list for December.

Best of the rest

Out of the other major manufacturers, Yamaha performed well in December having secured 464 unit sales, with BMW in third place in the top sellers list after shifting 333 units.

It was the R 1200 GS adventure sport model that performed best for the German marque, with 52 unit sales for the month, while the F 800 GT wasn’t far behind with 46 new registrations.

In the Moped segment it was the Pulse BT 49 QT-9D Scout that secured the most sales in December with 59 new registrations.

For Ducati, it was the 899 Panigale that performed best in December, accounting for 77 of the 160 machines the Italian manufacturer sold.

Upward trend

There is good news for the industry however, with total registrations for December up on last year by just over 10 per cent.

And that trend also applies to the year as a whole when compared to 2013, with sales up by 10.2 per cent after 101,277 unit sales over the year.

The most popular engine band among UK buyers in 2014 is again the 51-125cc band, which accounted for 37,905 units, over 37 per cent of total sales for 2014.

651-1000cc models were the second most popular in 2014 and also the biggest improver over the year, selling 19,909 units over 12 months, an 18.3 per cent increase on 2013.

Sales of 0-50cc unites did drop when compared to 2013 however, by one per cent, making it the least popular engine band in the UK in 2014.

Figures and data from The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA).

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