October 1, 2003

Fiscal 2002 Low-Emission Vehicle Shipments Posted on JAMA Web Site

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JAMA) posted on its Web site on September 29, 2003 the figures for Japanese automakers' shipments of low-emission vehicles (LEVs) for fiscal year 2002.In an effort to offset global warming and counteract atmospheric pollution, automakers are working to develop, and promote the diffusion of, vehicles with reduced impact on the environment.Against a backdrop of rising concern over the issue of automotive environmental impact, JAMA and its individual member manufacturers have been posting on their Web sites comprehensive, annually updated statistics on LEV ex-factory shipments every fiscal year since FY 2000.

  • The JAMA Web site posts total number of (unit) shipments and total (unit) shipments by manufacturer. For details, consult the site at: http://www.jama.or.jp/eco/eco_car/shipment/index.html
  • JAMA member manufacturers' Web sites post total number of units shipped by individual manufacturer.

Today's posting of LEV unit shipment figures for fiscal 2002 is as follows.

Summary of FY 2002 Data:

The total number of all types of low-emission vehicles shipped was 3,646,949 units (an increase of 1,256,209 units over the previous fiscal year, for a 153% year-on-year increase).

The breakdown according to vehicle type shows 83 electric vehicles (a decrease of 100 units, or 45%, compared with the previous fiscal year); 15,514 hybrid vehicles (a decrease of 9,575 units, or 62%, compared with the previous year); 3,972 natural gas vehicles (a decrease of 56 units, or 99%, compared with the previous year); and 2,194 diesel-alternative LPG vehicles (a decrease of 963 units, or 69%, compared with the previous year).

The breakdown in the high fuel-economy, low-emissions category shows 1,639,782 high fuel-economy, ultra-low emission vehicles (***-see chart below), an increase of 1,397,337 units, for a 676% year-on-year rise; 1,203,537 high fuel-economy, excellent low-emission vehicles (**), an increase of 156,922 units, for a 115% year-on-year rise; and 781,867 high fuel-economy, good low-emission vehicles (*), a decrease of 287,356 units, or 73%, compared with the previous fiscal year. The figures indicate a pronounced upswing in the output of high fuel-economy, ultra-low emission vehicles (***).

Low-Emission Vehicle Shipments in FY 2002 (by unit)

  Passenger Cars Trucks Buses Total
Regular / Compact Mini Regular / Compact Mini
Alternative-fuel vehicles Electric vehicles 23 30 0 30 0 83
Hybrid vehicles 15,490 0 3 0 21 15,514
Natural gas vehicles 232 30 2,713 846 151 3,972
Methanol vehicles 0 0 0 0 0 0
High fuel-economy,
low-emission vehicles
(see Notes)
*** 1,097,231 466,177 74,707 1,667 0 1,639,782
** 642,636 264,979 195 295,727 0 1,203,537
* 638,557 99,819 15,572 27,919 0 781,867
Diesel-alternative LPG vehicles 0 0 2,166 0 28 2,194
Total 2,394,169 831,035 95,356 326,189 200 3,646,949

[Notes:] This category covers vehicles that have already attained fuel economy targets as established by Japan's Energy Conservation Law, and that are certified low-emission vehicles in accordance with the low-emission vehicle certification guidelines.

[Key:]  
*** Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (U-LEV): Clears year 2000 exhaust emissions standard by 75%.
** Excellent Low-Emission Vehicle (E-LEV): Clears year 2000 exhaust emissions standard by 50%.
* Good Low-Emission Vehicle (G-LEV): Clears year 2000 exhaust emissions standard by 25%.