November 1, 2013

Assisted-Mobility Vehicle Sales in Japan in the First Half of Fiscal 2013

Sales of assisted-mobility vehicles in Japan during the first half of fiscal 2013 (April through September) totalled 20,808 units, up 7.0% from the same period in the previous year.  Continuing strong sales of mini-vehicles were the main factor behind this growth.

April-September 2013 Sales Data by Vehicle Category

1. Standard & Small Vehicles—11,906 units (down 2.2% from first half of fiscal 2012)
Sales of both wheelchair-accessible models and those equipped with revolving or elevator seats held steady at the levels recorded for the same period in 2012.

2. Mini-Vehicles—7,255 units (up 31.6% from first half of fiscal 2012)
Sales of mini-vehicle models equipped with revolving or elevator seats shifted to positive growth compared to the same six months in 2012, while sales of wheelchair-accessible models surged, resulting in overall sales in this category exceeding the 7,000-unit level for the first time ever for a half-year tally. 

3. Buses—1,647 units (down 6.2% from first half of fiscal 2012)
Unit sales in this category dropped 6.2% year-on-year from the same period in 2012.

1.  The figures provided here and in the accompanying charts are the aggregate totals of JAMA member manufacturers’ unit sales; they do not include vehicles customized post-purchase.  (For example, although in the accompanying “Summary” chart the total first-half fiscal 2013 unit sales figure for vehicles equipped with drive-assist systems—including standard, small, and mini-size vehicles—is 270, annual demand for vehicles so equipped stands in fact at around 5,000 units when vehicles customized post-purchase are included in the calculation.)
2.  The three assisted-mobility vehicle categories listed here have been established by JAMA on the basis of equipment standards, and therefore differ from the vehicle categories established under Japan’s Road Vehicles Act.  The main differences are that “Standard & Small Vehicles” includes standard and small passenger cars and van-type commercial vehicles, and that “Buses” includes minibuses.
3.  “Other” in the accompanying “Summary” chart includes stretcher-bearing vehicles, etc.

[Data charts attached (PDF)]