November 7, 2016

Assisted-Mobility Vehicle Sales in Japan in the First Half of Fiscal 2016

Sales of assisted-mobility vehicles in Japan during the first half of fiscal 2016 (April through September) totalled 20,344 units, a drop of 5.4% from the same period in the previous year.

April-September 2016 Sales Data by Vehicle Category

1. Standard & Small Vehicles?11,064 units (down 3.1% from first half of fiscal 2015)
Compared with the April-September period in 2015, sales of both wheelchair-accessible models and models equipped with revolving seats increased, whereas sales of models equipped with elevator seats fell.

2. Mini-Vehicles—6,631 units (down 12.9% from first half of fiscal 2015)
Sales in all model segments in this vehicle category declined from the same period in the previous year.

3. Buses—2,649 units (up 7.5% from first half of fiscal 2015)
Sales in this vehicle category increased from the same period in 2015.


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 2016 unit sales figure for vehicles equipped with drive-assist systems—including standard, small, and mini-size vehicles—is 169, 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 categories of assisted-mobility vehicles 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.  Sales of models equipped with elevator or revolving seats were listed in a single segment through fiscal 2014, but have been listed in separate segments since fiscal 2015.
4.  Since fiscal 2016:
    - “Other” in the “Standard & Small Vehicles” category refers to vehicles equipped to transport multiple passengers in wheelchairs, whereas the “wheelchair-accessible” designation here and in the accompanying “Summary” chart refers to vehicles equipped to transport only one passenger in a wheelchair.
    - The “Other” segment in the “Mini-Vehicles” category has been eliminated.

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[Data charts attached (PDF)]