Malaysia May 2017: Honda and Proton outpace market up 13%

Honda sales are up 62% year-on-year in Malaysia in May. 

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The Malaysian new car market is up 13% year-on-year in May to 50.600 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 7.4% to 234.186 units. Brand leader Perodua follows the market at +13% to an ultra-dominant 34% share, but it’s below on the podium that the biggest gains are to be seen: Honda surges 62% to 18.1% share and Proton is up 42% to 14.2% whereas Toyota drops 1% to 12%, all manufacturer falling pretty close to their respective YTD levels. Only BMW (+18%) is in positive in the remainder of the Top 10, with Nissan (-15%), Mercedes (-4%), Isuzu (-11%) and Mazda (-25%) all losing ground. Below, let’s single out Subaru (+88%), Volvo (+527%) and Renault (+70%) all posting spectacular gains.

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Malaysia April 2017: Honda, Proton and Toyota push up

Honda sales are up 22% year-on-year in April in Malaysia. 

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Note: March data has been added to this post. See below the jump.

The Malaysian new car market edges past its year-ago score in April at +1% to 42.746 registrations, yet the year-to-date total is up 5.8% to 183.586 thanks to a good start of the year. Usually beating the market, leader Perodua drops 3% this month to 33.6% share, almost double the #2 Honda at 17% (+22%) with Proton (+25%) and Toyota (+42%) also both frankly outpacing the market. Below, Nissan (-28%), Mercedes (-33%), Isuzu (-15%) and Mazda (-24%) struggle but BMW (+35%), Kia (+41%) and most impressively Subaru (+147%) shine.

Previous post: Malaysia February 2017: Perodua up to 39.1% share in market up 12%

One year ago: Malaysia April 2016: Perodua dominates, VW Polo breaks into Top 10

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Malaysia February 2017: Perodua up to 39.1% share in market up 12%

The Bezza pushes Perodua just under 40% market share at home.

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After edging up just 0.1% in January, the Malaysian new vehicle market is definitely more colourful in February, posting a 12% gain to 42.455 and lifting the year-to-date tally up 5.6% to 87.122. Market leader Perodua reinforces its domination, outpacing the market at +18% to a stunning 39.1%, the brand’s second-ever highest market share below the 40.6% it hit last August. Like last month, Honda (+37%) thanks to the BR-V and HR-V and Toyota (+55%) potentially thanks to the new Sienta and new gen Vios are the biggest mass market gainers in the Malaysiam Top 10 this month. Premium brands Mercedes (+38%) and BMW (+16%) also shine inside the Top 10 whereas Nissan struggles at -35%. Below, notice Scania up 53%, Chery up 55%, Volvo also up 55% and Kia up 77%.

Previous month: Malaysia January 2017: Honda BR-V lifts market into positive (+0.1%)

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Malaysia January 2017: Honda BR-V lifts market into positive (+0.1%)

The BR-V helps boost Malaysian Honda sales up 50% in January.

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Stable market in Malaysia in January up just 0.1% to 44.667 registrations. Perodua remains the clear leader in the brands ranking but drops 9% to 31.8% share vs. 35.7% over the Full Year 2016. Honda on the other hand boasts a 50% improvement to 8.594 sales and 19.2% share vs. 15.8% in 2016, most likely due to the arrival in dealerships of the BR-V crossover. In contrast, Proton continues to struggle at -7% above Toyota up 95%. These four aforementioned manufacturers hold an astounding 80.2% of the Malaysian car market this month, with the remaining 41 sharing just 20% of the market – in other words bread crumbs. Let’s go one step further: if we remove Honda from the market data, Malaysian sales overall are actually down 7% at 36.073 vs. 38.848! Nissan (-57%), Mazda (-41%), Hino (-33%), Mitsubishi (-26%), Ford (-26%), Kia (-19%), Volkswagen (-19%) and Peugeot (-15%)  all struggle, but Lexus (+10%), Subaru (+13%), Porsche (+68%) and Chery (+260%) shine.

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Malaysia Full Year 2016: Perodua hits record share in market down 13%

The Perodua Axia is #1 in Malaysia for the second year in a row. 

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Down 13% in 2016 to 580.124 units, the Malaysian new vehicle market suffers its first decline after six consecutive years of growth, and its first time below 600.000 units since 2009 (536.905). Both passenger vehicles (514.545) and commercials (65.579) drop 13%. In terms of sub-segment, among passenger vehicles only the 4×4/SUV category is up 7.5% to 63.963 with passenger cars down 14.1% to 389.980, MPVs down a steep 21.1% to 56.733 and window vans down 37.6% to 3.869. Among commercials, panel vans are up 27.2% to 3.346 and buses are up 22.7% to 914 but pickup trucks are down a harsh 18.9% to 44.687, trucks are down 0.3% to 15,389 and prime movers are down 15.6% to 1.243. Looking ahead into 2017, the Malaysian Automobile Association (MAA) predicts sales up by a moderate 1.7% to remain below the 600.000 mark at 590.000. This is split into 522.000 passenger vehicles (+1.4%) and 68.000 commercials (+3.7%).

The all-new Perodua Bezza allows the brand to limit its 2016 decline to 3%.

The new generation Persona seems to have stabilised Proton sales. 

TIV=Total Industry Volume. Source: MAA

2016 is the year of Perodua in Malaysia: thanks to sales down just 3%, the local carmaker improves its market share to an all-time high 35.7% vs. 32% a year ago. Honda also dips only 3% and as a result overtakes the other homegrown brand – Proton, struggling at -29% – to become the #2 carmaker in the country with 15.8% share. Proton sales seem to have bottomed up towards the end of the year though, thanks to the arrival of the new generation Persona. Toyota freefalls 32% in 4th place, ahead of Nissan (-14%) while Isuzu gains one spot to #6 thanks to deliveries actually up 1%. Mercedes (+9%) and BMW (+20%) are the best performers in the Top 10, with Chevrolet (+0.1%), Mini (+19%), Hino (+20%), Renault (+27%), Volvo (+51%), Subaru (+53%) and Tata (+3469%) also positing positive results inside the Top 30. The Perodua Axia is the best-selling vehicle in the country for the second year running. Complete models data will be uploaded to this article when made available.

Previous month: Malaysia November 2016: Proton resists best in market down 12.5%

Previous year: Malaysia Full Year 2015: First year of reign for the Perodua Axia

Two years ago: Malaysia Full Year 2014: Perodua leads in record year – now with Top 100 models

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Malaysia November 2016: Proton resists best in market down 12.5%

proton-persona-malaysia-november-2016-picture-courtesy-autofreaks-comProton sales are lifted by the new generation Persona. 

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The Malaysian new car market continues to struggle: after dropping 14% in October, it is down another 12.5% in November to 49.085 registrations, pulling the year-to-date tally down 14% to 515.293 units. For once, Proton (+2%) is the manufacturer in the Top 6 to resist the best to this adversary environment: it is even the only one registering a year-on-year gain. Market leaders Perodua (-9%) and Honda (-4%) outpace the market but below Proton, Toyota (-33%), Nissan (-18%) and Isuzu (-13%) fare worse. Mercedes (+5%) and most impressively BMW (+22%) fare the best in the Top 10. Further down, Hino (+24%), Subaru (+49%), Mitsubishi Fuso (+19%), Volvo (+48%) and Chevrolet (+28%) shine inside the Top 20.

Previous month: Malaysia October 2016: Perodua, Honda, Proton resist, market at -14%

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Malaysia October 2016: Perodua, Honda, Proton resist, market at -14%

honda-civic-Malaysia-october-2016Honda drops just 4% in 2nd place in Malaysia. 

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The Malaysian new car market is stuck in a negative trend this year with October sales down another 14% to 47.879, with the year-to-date tally also down a harsh 14% to 466.208. The Top three manufacturer resist better than the market, resulting in improved market shares: Perodua is down 7%, Honda down 4% and Proton down 5%. Reversely Toyota (-39%), Nissan (-34%) and Mazda (-21%) freefall. Isuzu surges up 12% to 6th place, Mercedes is down just 0.2%, BMW is up 19%, Kia up 50%, Hyundai up 1%, Subaru up 49%, Volvo up 63% and Mini up 18%.

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Malaysia September 2016: Perodua boosted again by Bezza at +18%

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New car sales in Malaysia are down 6% year-on-year in September to 48.191 units, pulling the year-to-date tally down 14% to 418.433 registrations. Perodua continues to ignore the overall gloom thanks to the new Bezza with sales up 18% to 35.6% market share. In fact, removing Perodua from the Malaysian market brings the decline to a ghastly -15%. Honda manages to post stable sales at 15.6% share, remaining above Proton (-31%) and Toyota (-28%) both in freefall. Nissan (-17%) rounds up the Top 5 above Mercedes (+17%) and Isuzu (+7%) both posting brilliant gains. Other great performers include BMW (+12%), Kia (+78%), Subaru (+94%), Renault (+155%), Chery (+413%) and JAC (+463%).

Previous month: Malaysia August 2016: Brezza lifts Perodua up 28% in market down 2%

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Malaysia August 2016: Bezza lifts Perodua up 28% in market down 2%

perodua-bezza-malaysia-august-2016-picture-courtesy-carsifu-comThe Perodua Bezza has taken the Malaysian market by storm. 

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New car sales in Malaysia slow down their decline in August to -2% year-on-year at 52.312 units, meaning the year-to-date tally is now down 15% to 370.742. One manufacturer is responsible for this stabilising: market leader Perodua, up a fantastic 28% year-on-year to 21.261 sales, breaking the 40% market share barrier for the first time in history at 40.6% (previous best: 38.9% in April 2015). This performance has a lot to do with the instant and staggering success of the Bezza sedan. Launched on July 21, the Bezza reached 10.000 sales on August 29, the fastest nameplate to ever reach that milestone in Malaysia. According to local outlet Motor Trader, 50.000 people around Malaysia have taken test-drives of the new sedan and 50% of them decided to buy one with 25.000 orders received since bookings were accepted from July 16.

perodua-bezza-taxi-malaysia-august-2016-picture-courtesy-teophilus-chinLocal illustrators are already imagining the Bezza as taxi. Picture Theophilus Chin. 

The Bezza is priced is from RM37.300 to RM50.800 (US$ 8.975 – 12.220) and the most popular variant so far are the 1.3-litre Advanced (44% of sales) and the Premium X 1.3 automatic (43%). In other brands news, Honda shines with deliveries up 21% to 8.283 and 15.8% share. This means Perodua and Honda combined are up 26% to 29.544 sales, holding an astounding 56.4% of the Malaysian market in August while all other brands combined are down 24% to just 22.768 units. In third place, Toyota is down 19%, Proton freefalls 51% to just 8.5% share, Nissan is down 15%, Mazda down 13%, Mitsubishi down 14% and Ford down 27%. Manufacturers yielding positive results in August include Isuzu (+5%), Hyundai (+8%), BMW (+15%), Kia (+87%) and Subaru (+179%).

Previous month: Malaysia July 2016: Proton drops 64% in market down 28%

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Malaysia July 2016: Proton drops 64% in market down 28%

proton-persona-malaysia-july-2016The new Proton Persona cannot come soon enough… 

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New car sales in Malaysia plunge 28% year-on-year in July to 42.471 registrations, pulling the year-to-date tally down 17% to just 317.930 units. Market leader Perodua manages to limit its fall to -16% to maintain a mammoth 35.6% market share while Honda does even better at -7% to 18.4% share. Toyota falls faster than the market at -31% to 11.8% share but the main victim of the July sales slump in Malaysia is once-leader Proton, down an abysmal 64% to just 3.866 deliveries and 9.1% share vs. 12.5% so far in 2016. Isuzu (-11%), Mercedes (-11%) and BMW (-2% resist the best in the Top 10 while outside, Subaru posts an insolent 348% year-on-year gain to surge to #11 overall with 591 sales. Kia (+44%), Mini (+22%), Volvo (+209%), Renault (+32%), Porsche (+12%) and Chery (+28%) are among the few carmakers to lodge positive results this month.

Previous month: Malaysia June 2016: Perodua soars 22% in stable market

One year ago (brands): Malaysia July 2015: Honda and Mazda buck trend in market down 3%

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