In 2021, the sales of commercial vehicles in Japan amounted to approximately 772.64 thousand units, decreasing by 14 percent from around 788.63 thousand in the previous year. The automotive industry defines commercial vehicles by their intended function: trucks have large loading spaces separated from the cabin, and buses/coaches offer at least nine passenger seats beside the driver.
Which commercial vehicles sell in Japan?
In Japan, trucks are of higher significance for domestic freight transportation than buses are for domestic public transportation. Accordingly, they sell in much higher numbers. In 2020, unit sales of trucks stayed below 800 thousand and buses just under 10 thousand. Almost half of the trucks sold were mini-sized. For both trucks and buses, Toyota was the best-selling brand if including all vehicle sizes. Following truck sizes, the leaders were Isuzu (standard), Toyota (small), and Daihatsu (mini). Other Japanese manufacturers specializing in commercial vehicles are Hino, Mitsubishi Fuso, and UD Trucks.
Commercial vehicles: not to be confused with commercial use vehicles
Automotive manufacturers and Japanese Law employ different senses of ‘commercial’ for vehicles. While the OICA definition centers on the specialized construction and vehicle mass, the Japanese Road Transport Vehicle Law, in contrast, distinguishes commercial business and private use depending on actual usage determined by the vehicle's registration. Hence, commercial use vehicles are all vehicles transporting goods or people against a freight rate or fare, such as public buses. Any vehicle, which is not for commercial use, is in principle for private use. Following this definition, roughly two million out of more than 81 million vehicles on Japanese roads had a registration for commercial use.
Commercial vehicle sales volume in Japan from 2012 to 2021
(in 1,000 units)
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OICA. (April 11, 2022). Commercial vehicle sales volume in Japan from 2012 to 2021 (in 1,000 units) [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved November 27, 2022, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/265934/commercial-vehicle-sales-in-japan/
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OICA. (2022). Commercial vehicle sales volume in Japan from 2012 to 2021 (in 1,000 units). Statista. Statista Inc.. Accessed: November 27, 2022. https://www.statista.com/statistics/265934/commercial-vehicle-sales-in-japan/
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