November 18 2009.

Yamaha is to cut its motorcycle production plants from ten to seven and reassign workers to other projects as it aims to make cuts of 35 billion yen over the next three years and return to a 5% profit margin by 2012.

Although motorcycle sales have been hard hit in Japan, America and Europe, the sales of marine and recreational vehicles have suffered even more in those areas and so the company is now reported to be looking to increase its efforts in growing markets for small capacity motorcycles in Asia and South America.