June 5, 2012

Assisted-Mobility Vehicle Sales in Japan in Fiscal 2011

After plummeting in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, sales of assisted-mobility vehicles in Japan recovered in the second half of fiscal 2011 (ending March 31, 2012), to reach an annual total of 35,685 units, up 3.1% from fiscal 2010.

2011 Sales Data by Vehicle Category

1.  Standard & Small Vehicles・3,090 units (up 5.6% from fiscal 2010)
While sales of models equipped with revolving or elevator seats declined compared to 2010, sales of wheelchair-accessible models surged to a record of nearly 13,000 units. As a result, total sales in this category were up from the previous year痴 level.

2. Mini-Vehicles・,491 units (up 9.1% from fiscal 2010)
With a rise in demand for wheelchair-accessible models as well as models equipped with revolving or elevator seats, total sales in this category also saw a year-on-year increase.

3. Buses・,104 units (down 23.2% from fiscal 2010)
A general decline in demand for buses, for reasons that are unclear, caused sales in this category to fall sharply from the level of 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 2011 unit sales figure for vehicles equipped with drive-assist systems—including standard, small, and mini-size vehicles—is 962, 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痴 Road Vehicles Act. The main differences are that 鉄tandard & Small Vehicles・includes standard and small passenger cars and van-type commercial vehicles, and that 釘uses・includes minibuses.

[Data charts attached (PDF)]