October 30, 2012

Japan's Domestic Shipments of Eco-Friendly Vehicles in Fiscal 2011

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. is pleased to release the figures for shipments of eco-friendly vehicles* to Japan’s domestic market in fiscal 2011 (ending March 31, 2012), as detailed below and in the chart accessible through the indicated link.

In a concerted effort to help counter global warming and improve air quality, Japan’s automakers are continuously developing, and promoting the ownership of, vehicles with reduced environmental impact.  In turn, this has led to steadily growing interest in such vehicles on the part of the public.

Shipments of all types of eco-friendly vehicles in fiscal 2011 totalled 4,479,435 units (up 905,330 units, or 25.3%, from fiscal 2010).  Over 80% of those shipments comprised vehicles whose fuel efficiency met or surpassed 2010 standards and whose exhaust emissions were down by 75% compared to 2005 standards, thereby qualifying them for a four-star rating (☆☆☆☆) signifying top performance in fuel-efficient/low-emission vehicle classification.
Unit figures for JAMA members’ total ex-factory shipments of eco-friendly vehicles to the domestic market broken down by vehicle type (i.e., passenger cars, trucks, and buses) are posted online at http://www.jama-english.jp/statistics/low_emission/2011/121030_ref.html (click on “Statistics”).

*The term “eco-friendly vehicles” refers both to alternative-energy vehicles and to ICE vehicles certified as fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicles.

FY 2011 Eco-Friendly Vehicle Domestic Shipments (in units)
& Comparisons (+/- [units] and change [%]*) with FY 2010
Fuel cell vehicles: 0 (-1)  
Electric vehicles: 16,741 (+9,238)  (223.1%)
Hybrid vehicles: 666,017 (+220,163) (149.4%)
Natural gas vehicles: 668 (-332) (66.8%)
Methanol vehicles: 0 (no change)  
Diesel-alternative LPG vehicles: 409 (+4) (101.0%)
Hydrogen vehicles: 0 (no change)  
Vehicles with
emissions down by 75% from 2005 standards (starstarstarstar):
3,634,163 (+711,148) (124.3%)
Vehicles with
emissions down by 50% from 2005 standards (starstarstar):
161,437 (-34,890) (82.2%)

*With the previous year’s results indexed at 100; **Meeting or surpassing 2010 fuel efficiency standards.