Transportation / Mobility

June 15, 2010


Car Ownership Rate for Japanese Households Decreases

Keywords: NGO / Citizen Non-manufacturing industry Transportation / Mobility 

Japan Automobile Manufacturers' Association, Inc., announced on April 8, 2010 that the car ownership rate for households in Japan fell to 75.8 percent in 2009 during the economic slump. The rate hovered around 79 percent between 1999 and 2007.

The figure is based on the results of a 2009 survey on the automobile market with 3,926 valid responses and a response rate of 37.5 percent. Targeting households in Japan, the survey is conducted every two years by a questionnaire about automobile ownership, intention to buy automobiles in the future, etc.

The rate of households owning two or more automobiles, which hovered around 40 percent between 2001 and 2007, also dropped to 36.1 percent in 2009. On the other hand, both the actual period of previous car ownership and the expected period of current car ownership increased.

With regard to the important considerations given by consumers when buying a new car in the future, the rates of respondents who selected "high fuel efficiency," "little exhaust gas," or "high recycle rate" have been increasing. The fact that more than 90 percent respondents answered "practicing eco-driving" also shows that drivers are becoming more environment conscious. The rate of respondents who answered "planning to change the current car to a hybrid vehicle" drastically increased from 16 percent in 2005 to 32 percent in 2009. In addition, 5 percent of respondents answered "planning to buy an electric vehicle." These figures show that an increasing number of consumers are taking an interest in environment-conscious automobiles.

Japan Automobile Manufacturers' Association, Inc. official website

Posted: 2010/06/15 06:00:15 AM