May 9, 2014

Assisted-Mobility Vehicle Sales in Japan in Fiscal 2013

Sales of assisted-mobility vehicles in Japan during fiscal year 2013 (ending March 31, 2014) continued to register a growth trend, increasing 2.5% from fiscal 2012 to 44,189 units. 

2013 Sales Data by Vehicle Category

1.  Standard & Small Vehicles—24,366 units (down 3.0% from fiscal 2012)
Sales of vehicles equipped with drive-assist systems, models with revolving or elevator seats and wheelchair-accessible models all slipped in fiscal 2013, resulting in a decline in total sales in this category from the previous year.

2.  Mini-Vehicles—15,471 units (up 10.2% from fiscal 2012)
Sales of models with revolving or elevator seats totalled 2,474 units, surging 33.9% from fiscal 2012, with the result that overall sales in this category saw a robust increase.   

3.  Buses—4,352 units (up 9.9% from fiscal 2012)
Demand for buses rose in fiscal 2013 to 4,352 units, up 9.9% from the previous year.

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 fiscal 2013 unit sales figure for vehicles equipped with drive-assist systems—including standard, small, and mini-size vehicles—is 514, 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.  Note that “Other” in the accompanying “Summary” chart includes stretcher-bearing vehicles, etc.

[Data charts attached (PDF)]