November 6, 2012

Assisted-Mobility Vehicle Sales in Japan
in the First Half of Fiscal 2012

Sales of assisted-mobility vehicles in Japan during the first half of fiscal 2012 (April through September) totalled 19,448 units, up 31.6% from the same period in the previous year.  The application of tax incentives and subsidies for the purchase of eco-friendly vehicles contributed to this growth.

April-September 2012 Sales Data by Vehicle Category

1. Standard & Small Vehicles—12,180 units (up 29.3% from first half of fiscal 2011)

Sales of models equipped with revolving or elevator seats and of wheelchair-accessible models were buoyant during the first half of fiscal 2012, with the result that overall sales in this category increased from the same period in the previous year. 

2. Mini-Vehicles—5,512 units (up 29.6% from first half of fiscal 2011)

While sales of models equipped with revolving or elevator seats during the April-through-September period declined from the same period in 2011, sales of wheelchair-accessible models rose significantly, accounting for 80% of sales in this category.  Overall sales of mini-vehicle models exceeded the 5,000-unit level for the first time for a half-year tally.

3. Buses—1,756 units (up 58.8% from first half of fiscal 2011)
Demand for touring buses rebounded strongly, causing sales in this category to surge year-on-year for the same period.

Notes:

  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 2012 unit sales figure for vehicles equipped with drive-assist systems—including standard, small, and mini-size vehicles—is 462, 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 chart includes stretcher-bearing vehicles, etc.

[Data charts attached (PDF)]