Nikkei. Meeting Japan’s goal of boosting sales of hybrid and other low-carbon vehicles to 20-50% of the overall domestic total by 2020 will be difficult to achieve without government support, according to Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association Chairman Satoshi Aoki.
Aoki is also chairman of Honda Motor Co.
“The sales share of hybrid and other next-generation vehicles rose to slightly above 10% in fiscal 2009, but that was due to subsidies and tax breaks,” Aoki said at a regular press conference. And without government support, this share “will remain just a little better than the current level even in 2020,” he predicted.