Kawasaki To Spin Off Engine And Motorcycle Business Divisions


In a recent announcement from the President and CEO of Kawasaki Motors Corp, there will be some internal restructuring at Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) next year.

KHI has announced that they will spin off their engine and motorcycle division brands as part of a restructuring plan that will also see the rolling stock section of their manufacturing business and ship & offshore portions get slated for change.

The engine and motorcycle divisions will effectively become separate companies from KHI starting on October 1, 2021.  Based on this new business direction, Kawasaki has commented that these changes will enhance the ability of their powersports sectors to innovate with technology and safety.

As for what this will mean for innovation to the JetSki lineup, we have no specific details and will have to wait and see what changes may lie ahead.  To read full details on this announcement, the KHI press release is below.

A message from the President and CEO of Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC):

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our business in both Powersports and Engine divisions has seen considerable success.  New and reignited interest in our industry has been met by tremendous efforts from Kawasaki team members and our dealer network to meet the needs of our customers in a new environment where health and safety are the first priority.

Today, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., KMC’s parent company and 100 percent shareholder, announced a restructuring plan to spin off the Motorcycle & Engine business and the Rolling Stock business into separate companies on October 1, 2021. The Ship & Offshore Structure business will also be integrated into the Energy System & Plant Engineering business. These changes are part of achieving Kawasaki’s new business direction and will further enhance Kawasaki’s ability to continue to innovate with technology and safety for the powersports industry.

As for operations in the United States, KMC will see no changes. All KMC’s tasks and missions will remain the same and KHI’s restructuring plan will only further enhance KMC’s ability to serve KMC’s customers by furthering KMC’s ability to be quick and efficient when studying the industry and the future of powersports. The Kawasaki brand in North America is strong and getting stronger even under the COVID-19 situation and we at KMC will continue our great mission of delivering Kawasaki products and satisfaction to our customers

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Brice Leckrone

Brice Leckrone

Brice is a Mechanical Engineer for 33% of the day and a PWC enthusiast for 100% of the day. When he is not at work or at the farmhouse with his wife and countless animals, he likes to be on the water. Having evolved from motorcycles and race cars that go way too fast for a married man, he now likes to ride watercraft that go way too fast for a married man.

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    VegasDOOD 6 November, 2020 at 10:44 Reply

    I have owned Kawasaki motorcycles (my first moto was a Kaw) and my first ski was a 2015 STX. Rock solid motors but their sales distribution sucks. In fact I wanted to buy a new 2021 Kawasaki ski but here in Vegas their distribution is only via a bunch of motorcycle dealers that have no idea about PWC. I emailed Kaw corporate to see if I could just buy online directly and have them deliver to the dealer…NOPE. Another case of a great global company that cannot see things at the 1000′ level versus 50,000 feet. Hopefully this breakout of the these divisions will allow a more vibrant distribution network. Looking forward to taking delivery of my 2K21 Yamaha VX Deluxe thanks to Kawasaki.

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