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Malaysia July 2014: Market up 3%

August 22nd, 2014 No comments

Proton Suprima S and Preve Malaysia October 2013Proton Preve and Suprima S

New vehicle sales in Malaysia are up 3% year-on-year in July to 60,267 registrations. According to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), this increase is due to the the festive period starting and many people deciding to get new cars to celebrate. The year-to-date total now stands at 393,409 units after 7 months, 3% ahead of the same period in 2013. Brands charts will follow shortly.

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Malaysia June 2014: Perodua dominates market again

July 31st, 2014 No comments

Perodua MyVi Malaysia June 2014. Picture courtesy of FlickrThe Perodua Myvi should still be the best-selling model in Malaysia.

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Malaysian consumers bought 58,561 cars in June, bringing the half-year total to a record 333,142 units, up 6% on 2013. This increase is due to a boost in passenger cars sales while commercial vehicles are down 3% over the period. As a result the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) raised its 2014 forecast to 680,000 units instead of 670,000 units initially. Perodua remained the most popular manufacturer in Malaysia over the period with 94,500 sales and 28.4% share vs. 30.9% one year ago, ahead of Proton (18.9%), Toyota (15.3%) and Honda (11.2%). In June, Ford overtakes Mitsubishi to rank 6th while BMW and Mercedes both pass Kia to #12 and #13 respectively.

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One year ago: Malaysia: Full Year prediction upped to record 638,000 units

Full June 2014 Top 45 brands Ranking Table below.

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Malaysia May 2014: Honda and Mazda strong

June 26th, 2014 No comments

Honda City Malaysia May 2014. Picture courtesy of hondacitythai.comHonda holds 13.2% of the Malaysian car market (Thailand City pictured).

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New car sales in Malaysia are up 13% year-on-year in May to 55,939 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 274,581 units, up 6% on 2013. Perodua leads the brands charts once again thanks to 16,104 sales and 28.8% share vs. 28.3% year-to-date, ahead of Proton at 18.2% vs. 19.3% and Toyota at 14.5% vs. 15.1%. Honda has a particularly good month, potentially thanks to the launch of the new gen City, traditionally a strong seller here: 7,365 sales and 13.2% in May vs. 10.9% year-to-date. Notice also Mazda at #6 and 2.3% vs. 1.7%.

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One year ago: Malaysia May 2013: Market down 15% year-on-year

Full May 2014 Top 44 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Malaysia: 2000-2013 Historical Data now available

May 28th, 2014 No comments
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Malaysia April 2014: Perodua teases 30% share milestone again

May 21st, 2014 1 comment

Perodua MyVi Malaysia April 2014. Picture courtesy of FlickrPerodua Myvi. Picture by Shandys Lee, all rights reserved.

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New car sales in Malaysia are up a very solid 12% year-on-year in April to 58,732 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 218,642 units, up 4% on 2013 which was already a record year. After dropping to 27.7% market share in March, local manufacturer Perodua almost passes the 30% share milestone at 29.9% in April thanks to 17,538 sales. It did so in February at 30.8%. Reversely, the 2nd local carmaker, Proton, is down to 17.2% at 10,091 units vs. 19.6% year-to-date, now threatened for 2nd place by Toyota at 15.6% and 9,169 sales. Honda is stronger and stronger at 11.8% vs. 10.3% year-to-date whereas Nissan gets weaker at 5.9% vs. 7.1%. All other manufacturers only hold 2.2% share or less, and among them let’s salute Mazda up 4 spots on March to #7, Peugeot up 3 to #14 and Audi up 8 to #18.

Previous month: Malaysia March 2014: Toyota close to 17% share

One year ago: Malaysia April 2013: Very healthy market up 19% year-on-year

Full April 2014 Top 45 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Malaysia March 2014: Toyota close to 17% share

April 27th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Vios Malaysia March 2014The new Vios helped Toyota up to 16.8% share this month.

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The Malaysian new car market is up 2% year-on-year in March to 58,919 registrations, bringing the First Quarter total to 159,910 units, up just 1% on 2013. Perodua at 27.7% share and Proton at 20.9% are very close to their year-to-date levels (27.5% and 20.5% respectively), but Toyota shoots up to 16.8% share thanks to 9,886 sales in March vs. 15.1% so far in 2013. Boosted by strong sales of the all-new Vios, can Toyota threaten Proton for the 2nd spot overall later this year? The entire Top 8 brands are identical in March vs. year-to-date. Let’s also salute Kia back up 6 spots on February to #9 and Chevrolet up two to #8

Previous month: Malaysia February 2014: Now with Top 46 All-brands ranking!

One year ago: Malaysia March 2013: Market back up 8%

Full March 2014 Top 45 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Malaysia February 2014: Now with Top 46 All-brands ranking!

March 26th, 2014 7 comments

Perodua MyVi Malaysia February 2014. Picture courtesy of FlickrPerodua MyVi. Picture by Shandys Lee, all rights reserved.

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According to Malaysian website Motortrader, while it was expected that February would be another weak month after January in Malaysia because of the long Lunar new year holidays, new vehicle registrations were actually 445 units above January at 50,718 units, which is 12.5% higher than February 2013. The year-to-date total is up 1% on 2013 at 100,991 registrations. A year-on-year increase was to be expected as this time last year, politicians made promises of lowering prices of new vehicles and people decided to wait till after the elections as a result, creating some disruption in car sales. But the year-on-year gain was higher than expected. It should continue in March with the launch of two new models in the country: the new generations Mazda3 and Honda City.

Mazda3 Malaysia February 2014. Picture courtesy of themotorreport.com.auThe new generation Mazda3 launches this month in Malaysia.

Brand-wise, the market increase in February was lifted by great performances of the Top 3 best-sellers: Perodua is up to 15,609 sales and 30.8% market share vs. 24.1% in January, Proton is up to 10,684 units and 21.1% vs. 19.4% last month and Toyota is up to 7,721 sales and 15.2% vs. 13.1% in January. Other great performers include Hyundai-Inokom up 3 spots to #7, Volkswagen up one to #8, Peugeot up 3 to #11, Mercedes also up 3 to #13 and Lexus up 4 to #18.

Previous month: Malaysia January 2014: Now with Top 45 All-brands ranking!

One year ago: Malaysia February 2013: Market down 18%

Full February 2014 Top 46 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Malaysia January 2014: Now with Top 45 All-brands ranking!

March 11th, 2014 3 comments

Honda CR-V Malaysia February 2014Honda CR-V. Honda grabs 12.7% of the Malaysian market this month.

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The Malaysian new car market is down 9% year-on-year in January to 50,273 registrations. According to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), the decline is due to aggressive sales promotions at the end of the year which meant customers registered their new vehicles before December 31. Normally, December is a challenging month for the car companies because many customers may order their new vehicles but prefer to have them registered in the following month, when the year of registration can be a new year. This, however, did not occur in 2014. The outlook for February is not expected to be better due to the long Chinese New Year holidays which will bring the the number of selling days down for the month.

Normally available only twice a year, Malaysian car website has published brand data for January. Is this the first step towards a return to detailed monthly data for Malaysia – including models rankings? Let’s hope so. If Perodua (24.1%) and Proton (19.4%) still largely dominate, their January market shares are frankly lower than their FY2013 levels. Toyota rounds up the podium again but with 13.1% of the market it is now threatened by Honda up to a fantastic 12.7% vs. 7.9% in 2013. Other great performers this month include Ford at #7 and 2.2% vs. 1.6% in 2013, Kia at #8 and 1.8% vs. 1.1% and Suzuki at #13 and 1.4% vs. 0.8%.

Previous post: Malaysia Full Year 2013: Perodua tops, Nissan and Honda jump

Full January 2014 Top 45 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Malaysia Full Year 2013: Perodua tops, Nissan & Honda jump

January 28th, 2014 7 comments

Perodua Myvi Elite Malaysia 2013Perodua Viva Elite

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The Malaysian new car market is up 4% on a record year in 2012 to reach a new all-time high 655,793 registrations. Local brand Perodua remains the most popular carmaker in the country thanks to sales up 4% like the market to 196,071 units with its market share slipping just under 30%. Proton is down a further 2% to 138,753 sales and 21.2% share vs. 22.5% last year while Toyota is down a harsh 13% to 91,185 units, seeing its market share go from 16.8% to 13.9%. Reversely, both Nissan and Honda are up a spectacular 47% year-on-year to #4 and #5 respectively, with Nissan hitting its strongest ever annual volume in Malaysia. Ford is up 50% to reach its highest annual sales in 20 years, Mazda is up 45%, Kia up 64%, Audi up 119% and Land Rover up 56%. Thanks to the arrival of the locally-assembled XV, Subaru is up a whopping 1945% to #24.

Nissan Serena Malaysia 2013. Picture courtesy of greenerideal.comNissan Serena

There are still no models ranking for Malaysia, and this for almost 18 months now, because the Malaysian Competition Commission considers it an offence for car companies to share historical sales data with their association. According to Motor Trader Malaysia, “the Competition Commissioner said the reason is that such sharing can be detrimental to consumers as it can lead to an increase in parts prices. Ironically, this is an instance where the companies are willing to be transparent – which is what the Competition Commission should be happy about – and they are ordered to keep their data secret from the public. We understand that it has been a year since the MAA filed an appeal for a waiver on the matter so its members can share the data but the matter seems to be proceeding at the same glacial rate as the move towards better quality fuel.” Well said, I say!

Previous post: Malaysia November 2013: Market down 3%

One year ago: Malaysia Full Year 2012: Record year, now with models ranking

Two years ago: Malaysia Full Year 2011: Perodua MyVi and Proton Saga rule

Full Year 2013 Top 46 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Malaysia November 2013: Market down 3%

December 17th, 2013 No comments

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Last month I mentioned that the Malaysian Automotive Association anticipated  that November sales could experience a boost because of a backlog of orders from October and the impact of the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show on from 15 to 24 November (where Perodua revealed the Buddyz concept above). Not so. New car sales in Malaysia are down 3% year-on-year this month to 52,252 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 595,399 units, up 5% on the same period in 2012 and still on track for a record Full Year 2013 predicted at 640,000 units by the same MAA. For this to happen, December sales would need to be 44,700 units, however the MAA notes “December is always a challenging month for new vehicle sales as buyers often prefer to wait till January to take delivery of their vehicle so it will have registration in the new year.”

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