Japan Mini Vehicle Association reported that kei auto sales in 2015 declined for the first time in four years, down 16.6 year-on-year to 1,896,201 units.
In addition to the tax increase imposed on kei cars beginning April 2015, the overall demand reached a record high and rebounded due to the intensified competition between Suzuki and Daihatsu for the top share in the previous year. It’s the first time in three years that auto sales fell below two million units.
In other types of cars, passenger vehicles were down 17.8% year-on-year to 1,511,404 units, a decline for the first time in four years. The cargo vehicle sales are down 11.3% year-on-year to 384,797 units, a decline for the first time in four years.
Under cargo vehicles, the bonnet van sales are on its 10th consecutive year of decline, down 19.2% year-on-year to 18,536 units. The cab-over van sales are on its third consecutive year of decline, down 5.3% year-on-year to 184,127 units, while truck sales declined for the first time in four years, down 15.8% year-on-year to 182,134 units.
(Translated by Aileen Bolo)