May 13, 2016

Assisted-Mobility Vehicle Sales in Japan in Fiscal 2015

Sales of assisted-mobility vehicles in Japan during fiscal year 2015 (ending March 31, 2016) decreased 6.5% from fiscal 2014 to 44,745 units. 

2015 Sales Data by Vehicle Category

1.  Standard & Small Vehicles—23,398 units (down 6.4% from fiscal 2014)
Sales of wheelchair-accessible models, models with revolving or elevator seats and vehicles equipped with drive-assist systems all slipped in fiscal 2014, resulting in a decline in total sales in this category from previous year.

2.  Mini-Vehicles—15,837 units (down 14.7% from fiscal 2014)
Sales of wheelchair-accessible models, models with revolving or elevator seats and vehicles equipped with drive-assist systems all slipped in fiscal 2014, resulting in a decline in total sales in this category from previous year.

3.  Buses—5,510 units (up 28.0% from fiscal 2014)
Sales in this category were recorded as 5,510 units. Compared with the previous year, this is an increase of 28.0%, and exceeded 5,000 units for the first time in the past 8 years.

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 fiscal 2015 unit sales figure for vehicles equipped with drive-assist systems—including standard, small, and mini-size vehicles—is 438, 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)]