November 4, 2015

Assisted-Mobility Vehicle Sales in Japan in the First Half of Fiscal 2015

Sales of assisted-mobility vehicles in Japan during the first half of fiscal 2015 (April through September) totaled 21,487 units, for a drop of 7.8% from the same period in the previous year as a result of the hikes in both the consumption tax in April 2014 and the mini-vehicle tax in April 2015.

April-September 2015 Sales Data by Vehicle Category

1. Standard & Small Vehicles—11,414 units (down 7.7% from first half of fiscal 2014)
Sales of both wheelchair-accessible models and those equipped with revolving or elevator seats decreased.

2. Mini-Vehicles—7,617 units (down 16.5% from first half of fiscal 2014)
Sales of both wheelchair-accessible models and those equipped with revolving or elevator seats decreased.

3. Buses—2,456 units (up 34.3% from first half of fiscal 2014)
Unit sales in this category increased by 34.3% to the same period in 2014.


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 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)]