October 30, 2009

Japan’s Fiscal 2008 Domestic Shipments of
Alternative-Energy and Fuel-Efficient & Low-Emission Vehicles

The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. is pleased to release the unit figures for alternative-energy vehicle shipments as well as fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicle shipments to Japan’s domestic market in fiscal 2008 (ending March 31, 2009), as detailed below and in the attached chart.

In a concerted effort to help counter global warming and improve air quality, Japan’s automakers are continuously developing and promoting the ownership of vehicles with reduced environmental impact. In turn, this has led to steadily growing interest in such vehicles on the part of the public.

Since 2000, statistics on JAMA members’ ex-factory unit shipments to the domestic market of alternative-energy vehicles and fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicles have been posted online, at http://www.jama-english.jp/statistics/low_emission/2008/091030_ref.html (for total unit shipments for each manufacturer) and on members’ Web sites (for breakdowns of individual manufacturers’ total shipments, in Japanese only).

Summary of FY 2008 Shipments and Comparisons with FY 2007 Shipments
Shipments of all types of alternative-energy vehicles and fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicles in fiscal 2008 reached a total of 3,596,798 units (down 332,249 units, or 8.5%, compared to fiscal 2007). Over 80% of this total comprised vehicles whose fuel efficiency met or surpassed 2010 standards and whose exhaust emissions were down by 75% compared to 2005 standards, thereby qualifying them for a four-star ranking (starstarstarstar) signifying top performance in fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicle classification.

Vehicle Type/Units Shipped/Comparisons ( +/- [units] and +/- [%] ) with 2007
Fuel cell vehicles: 15 (+15)  
Electric vehicles: 0 (no change)  
Hybrid vehicles: 121,101 (+30,578) (+33.8%)
Natural gas vehicles: 2,379 (+204) (+9.4%)
Methanol vehicles: 0 (no change)  

Vehicles with
emissions down by 75% from 2005 standards (starstarstarstar):
2,910,759 (-160,239) (-5.2%)
Vehicles with
emissions down by 50% from 2005 standards (starstarstar):
544,835 (-100,209) (-15.5%)
Vehicles with
emissions down by 75% from 2000 standards (starstarstar):
0 (no change)  
Vehicles with
emissions down by 50% from 2000 standards (starstar):
17,100 (-95,287) (-84.8%)
Vehicles with
emissions down by 25% from 2000 standards (star):
0 (-7,045) (-100.0%)

Diesel-alternative LPG vehicles: 609 (-265) (-30.3%)
Hydrogen vehicles: 0 (-1) (-100.0%)