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For the first ever time on BestSellingCarsBlog we can share with you an All-models ranking for Malaysia. Whereas the year-to-date total was still lagging behind 2014 after 11 months, a last minute surge at 69.401 registrations in December has made 2015 the sixth consecutive year above 600.000 annual sales and the 4th record year in a row at 666.674 registrations, up minuscule 0.02% or 187 units on 2014. This result was achieved despite adverse market conditions including the introduction of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) in April, the weakening of the local currency the ringgit and the slump in oil prices having a big impact to the country’s economy.
Passenger cars drive the market in 2015 with a 0.5% improvement from 588.348 to 591.298 while commercial vehicles drop 3.5% from 78.139 to 75.376. However among CVs pick-ups show a much more dynamic behaviour at +3% to 55.115 units, now representing 73% of all commercial vehicles sold in Malaysia in 2015.
According to data released by the Malaysian Automobile Association (MAA), the volume of vehicles produced locally rose by 3% to 614,664 units or 92.1% of the vehicles sold. In comparison, in 2014, 89.4% of all the news vehicles sold were produced in Malaysian factories. MAA predicts a drop in 2016 of 2.5% to 650.000 units, but the association is optimistic in 2017 at +3% to 669.500 units before reaching 717.400 units in 2020.
Brand-wise, there are two main heroes in Malaysia in 2015. First, local carmaker Perodua crossed the 200.000 annual unit mark for the first time in history with sales up 9% to a record 213.307 units and 32% share vs. 29.3% a year ago. Archevbemy Proton, once #1 in Malaysia, now sells less than half Perodua’s volumes, down 12% to 102.175 deliveries, and has even started falling below Honda and Toyota on a monthly basis…
Thanks to the arrival of the HR-V landing directly at a fantastic 9th place with 21.117 sales despite a February launch, Honda shoots up 22% to an all-time best 94.902 sales, for the first time overtaking Toyota down 8% to 93.760. Nissan (+18%) and Mazda (+26%) follow with spectacular gains as well, while Isuzu (+2%) bypasses Ford (-13%) and Mitsubishi (-23%). Mercedes is up a brilliant 56% and four spots to break into the Top 10 brands in Malaysia in 2015.
Launched in September 2014 and #1 here ever since, the Perodua Axia logically takes the lead of the Malaysian models ranking with a whopping 101.879 sales and 15.3% share, putting an end to one decade of domination of the Perodua Myvi, down 34% to #2 and 54.166 units this year. The Axia replaces the Perodua Viva which was Malaysia’s best-seller before the Myvi entered the scene in 2005. The Axia is also Malaysia’s most affordable car, it is a rebadge of the Toyota Agya/Daihatsu Ayla manufactured in Indonesia and sold in the Philippines as the Toyota Wigo. Fighting for #2 all year, the Proton Saga ends up losing the battle to the Myvi at 53.825 units (-4%) but stays above the Perodua Alza (-9%). The Honda City (+13%) becomes the best-selling foreigner in the country, overtaking the Toyota Vios (-6%) while the Proton Iriz spends its first full year in market inside the Top 10.
Two years ago: Malaysia Full Year 2013: Perodua tops, Nissan and Honda jump
Full Year 2015 Top 50 All-brands and Top 245 All-models vs. 2014 figures below.
Full December 2015 Top 45 All-brands and Top 65 models below.