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Share of mini passenger car ownership in Japan FY 2019, by family status

According to a survey conducted in 2019 about the usage of light motor vehicles among private households and businesses in Japan, the majority of kei car drivers were married couples with children already living independently and out of the house. Only two percent of mini car owners were married couples without any children.
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 vehicle ownership in Japan in fiscal year 2019, by family status

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Source

Release date

April 2020

Region

Japan

Survey time period

May 7 to June 14, 2019

Number of respondents

2,042 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.
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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