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Average age of passenger cars in Japan FY 2010-2019

In fiscal 2019, passenger cars in Japan had an average age of approximately 8.65 years. Over the past decade, the average age of passenger cars increased steadily, hinting at improved durability of vehicles owned in Japan.

The Japanese automobile landscape

The Japanese automotive industry developed rapidly during the economic miracle post-World War II, making the country one of the largest motor vehicle producers in the world. While international competition within the automobile sector is tight, Japanese engineering is not only highly valued in its home market, but also abroad. Domestic car brands primarily export to North America and Europe, whereas imported passenger cars arrive predominantly from Europe, followed by imports from Africa and other Asian regions.

Domestic passenger car usage

Japan’s usage rate of passenger cars was much higher among car owners from rural regions compared to those living in the country’s metropolitan areas, such as Tokyo or Osaka. Due to a rising environmental awareness, green vehicle technologies and car sharing services started to pick up in Japan, potentially sparking a new approach to vehicle usage and purchase behavior.

Average age of passenger cars in use in Japan from fiscal year 2010 to 2019

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

fiscal year 2010 to 2019

Special properties

the Japanese fiscal year starts on April 1 of the stated year and ends on March 31 of the following year. Figures are as at the end of every fiscal year.

Supplementary notes

The source defines "average age" as the average number of years elapsed since the first registration.
Figures exclude mini-vehicles.

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