May 8, 2015

Assisted-Mobility Vehicle Sales in Japan in Fiscal 2014

Sales of assisted-mobility vehicles in Japan during fiscal year 2014 (ending March 31, 2015) continued to register a growth trend, increasing 8.3% from fiscal 2013 to 47,869 units. 

2014 Sales Data by Vehicle Category

1.  Standard & Small Vehicles—25,004 units (up 2.6% from fiscal 2013)
Whereas sales of models with revolving or elevator seats dipped slightly in fiscal 2014, wheelchair-accessible models hit a new record of 14,013 units sold (compared to the previous record, in fiscal 2012, of 13,577 such models sold), for an increase of 6.2% from fiscal 2013, and, combined with a rise in sales of models equipped with drive-assist systems, accounted for the overall growth in sales in this category from the previous year.

2.  Mini-Vehicles—18,560 units (up 20.0% from fiscal 2013)
Sales in this category in fiscal 2014 continued to see a robust increase.  In particular, sales of models with revolving or elevator seats recorded a 63.9% increase from fiscal 2013, rising to 4,055 units.

3.  Buses—4,305 units (down 1.1% from fiscal 2013)
Demand for buses in fiscal 2014 slipped to 4,305 units, down 1.1% from the previous year.

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 2014 unit sales figure for vehicles equipped with drive-assist systems—including standard, small, and mini-size vehicles—is 570, 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)]