Blog: Dave LeggettJAMA statistics

Dave Leggett | 20 July 2011

There are around 17.5m 'midget' or kei class cars on the roads in Japan. There are also over 600,000 Mercedes-Benz cars running around there. Rotary engines (presumably Mazda) have been in steady decline since the 1970s. The Japanese bus parc has been remarkably stable for the past three decades. Almost a million of the 'standard' class cars first registered in 1995 are still on the road. Diesel cars in use have dwindled to just 1.6% of the car parc. Volkswagen is the biggest import brand. Vehicle production in Japan nudged a record 13.5m units in 1990 (9.6m in 2010). Some 120 cars were exported from Japan to 'Gaza and West Bank' in 2010 – more than were shipped to Afghanistan (89). Two-wheelers in use in Japan have been on the decline since peaking in the late 1980s.

Those and a whole load more stats are available in a neat little stats book that JAMA makes available as a PDF (below link was in my email this morning). The layout hasn't changed in decades and takes me back to when this would arrive to the office in hard copy only and was to be looked after.


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