Recreational vehicles including camper vans are gaining popularity in Japan for family and individual trips to avoid crowded places amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We saw orders climb by about 20% in 2020 from 2019 before the pandemic,” said Kenji Araki, president of Nuts RV Co., a major Japanese recreational vehicle maker.
Strong demand continues into this year, and orders outpace production, Araki said, adding that some models take a year and a half to deliver.
Some recreational vehicles sell for more than ¥10 million.
But models costing around ¥5 million, including one based on Toyota Motor Corp.’s Hiace van, sell well. “Affordable prices and short delivery dates are appealing to beginners,” Araki said.
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