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Share of mini passenger cars in Japan FY 2011-2019, by number of doors

According to a survey conducted in 2019 about the usage of light motor vehicles among private households and businesses in Japan, the majority of mini passenger cars owned in the country were cars with four or five doors, while only 6 percent of owned vehicles had two or three doors.
Japanese mini cars or kei cars are vehicles defined by being shorter than 3.4 meters with a maximum height of 2 meters and a maximum width of 1.48 meters. The engine capacity is restricted to 0.66 liters measured by Japanese standards. Kei cars are often box shaped in order to minimize the overall size of the vehicle while maximizing interior space.

Distribution of light motor passenger vehicles in Japan from fiscal year 2011 to 2019, by number of doors

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

May 7 to June 14, 2019

Number of respondents

2,149 respondents

Special properties

the Japanese fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Survey targets were domestic households and businesses in possession of light vehicles.
Number of respondent for previous surveys were as follows:
n =
1,521 (2011)
2,100 (2013)
2,113 (2015)
2,138 (2017)

Passenger cars are classified under Japan’s Road Vehicles Act in three categories, based primarily on engine capacity: “standard” (over 2,000cc), “small” (661cc-2,000cc), and “mini” (660cc and under).

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