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%).

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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

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Malaysia June 2016: Perodua soars 22% in stable market

Perodua Axia Malaysia June 2016. Picture courtesy of paultan.orgPerodua is more dominant than ever at home in Malaysia. 

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The Malaysian new car market levels with its score from a year ago in June at 57.358 units (-0.1%), meaning a First Half 2016 tally down 15% to 275.459. Perodua vastly outperforms the market with sales up 22% to 20.044 and 34.9% share, in line with its 35.3% year-to-date level, Honda is back to the 2nd spot it holds year-to-date thanks to deliveries up 7% to 9.254 for a 16.1% share, distancing Proton at 12.1% (-25%) and Toyota at 11.9% (-24%). Nissan gains 13% to #5, Isuzu is up 9% to #6, BMW up 13% to #10, and beyond the Top 10 Hyundai (+23%), Daihatsu (+38%), Kia (+38%), Chevrolet (+56%), Subaru (+78%) and Renault (+100%) take off.

The top of the BSCB Exclusive models ranking is unchanged on May with the Perodua Axia leading at 16.5% share ahead of the Perodua Alza, Perodua Myvi, Proton Saga, Honda HR-V and Toyota Vios. If last month most Toyota nameplates got a boost, this time it’s the turn of Honda, with the Accord up 9 spots on May to #12, the CR-V up 19 to #16 and the Civic also up 19 to #18. Further down, notice the Mercedes GLE and Toyota Alphard both remaining strong at #39 and #42 respectively and the Kia Rio up 14 to #47.

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Toyota Hilux Malaysia May 2016The Toyota Hilux is catching up on lost ground after a weak April score.

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Malaysian new car sales are down a further 13% to 44.669 units in May, pulling the year-to-date total down 18% to just 218.101 deliveries in five months vs. 264.818 over the same period a year ago. Leader Perodua follows the market at -12% to 34.1% share and Toyota comes in at #2 despite sales down 19% to a strong 13.7% share vs. 9.4% year-to-date. Honda is down 9% to 12.7% but remains #2 year-to-date at 13.9% whereas Proton crumbles 39% to 11.3% share vs. 13.2% so far this year. Further down, Volkswagen continues to impress at +133%, with BMW (+27%), Isuzu (+26%), Kia (+23%) and Daihatsu (+23%) also frankly outpacing the market.

Model-wise, the Top 5 is stable once again with the Perodua Axia the solid leader at 14.8% share ahead of the Perodua Alza (10.3%), Myvi (9%), Proton Saga (7%) and Honda HR-V (5.9%). The Toyota Vios stays at #6 and gains one spot year-to-date to #7 while the Toyota Hilux, down to a low #24 in April, catches up on lost ground this month, ranking 7th with almost double the market share it holds so far in 2016 at 3.8% vs. 2%. In fact, most Toyotas get a welcome boost such as the Corolla (#12), Hiace (#16), Camry (#20) and Avanza (#22).

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

VW Polo Malaysia April 2016. Picture courtesy carlist.myThe VW Polo is among Malaysia’s 10 best-sellers in April. 

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The Malaysian new car market continues to perform poorly in 2016: April sales are down 7% to 42.177 with market leaders Perodua (-15%), Honda (-9%), Proton (-10%) and Toyota (-32%) all falling even faster than the market. On the contrary, Volkswagen (+106%), Mazda (+85%), Mitsubishi (+183%), Ford (+74%) and Volvo (+341%) post brilliant gains.

In the models ranking – exclusive to BSCB – the Top 5 is identical to the year-to-date order with a podium 100% Perodua composed of the Axia in the lead at 15.4% followed by the Alza and Myvi. The Proton Saga and Honda HR-V round up the Top 5, with the latter commending an outstanding 6.6% share, only 54 units off the #4 spot. The Toyota Vios gains two spots to #6, the locally-assembled VW Polo surprises and breaks into the overall Top 10 for the very first at #9 (+10) thanks to 981 sales, the Toyota Corolla is up 5 to #13 and the Toyota Camry up 14 to #21.

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Perodua Alza Malaysia March 2016The Perodua Alza is now #2 year-to-date in Malaysia with over 10% share. 

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A year ago the imminent implementation of a new Goods & Service Tax had resulted in a surge in forward purchases, and the logical – yet dramatic – effect this year is a 28% drop to just 48.800 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 22% to 131.267 registrations. Perodua (-22%) and Honda (-23%) drop slightly less than the market to top the brands ranking while Proton crumbles down 47% to just 11.3% market share vs. 14.6% year-to-date. Nissan (-13%) and Mazda (-6%) limit their fall whereas Mitsubishi (+1%), Mercedes (+1%) and Volkswagen (+6%) but none more than BMW (+65%) actually improve year-on-year.

In the models ranking – exclusive to BSCB – the Perodua Axia remains master in command with 16.1% share above the Perodua Alza at 10.5% and now #2 year-to-date and the Perodua Myvi at 9.5%. Honda places both the HR-V and the City inside the Top 6.

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Honda HR-V Malaysia February 2016. Picture courtesy shopcar.com.brThe Honda HR-V is by far the best-selling non-Malaysian model in February. 

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The Malaysian new car market is hit hard by the Lunar new year period falling earlier than last year with sales down a harsh 25% to just 37.876 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 18% to 82.467. Perodua follows the market at -25% and holds onto an extremely strong 37% market share, while Proton falls faster a -28% to a weak 15.7% share. Honda (-7%) resists at 14.8% share, almost double its follower Toyota (-42%) with Nissan and Mazda (-21%) both improving their presence slightly. Isuzu (+1%), Volkswagen (+7%), BMW (+19%) and Mercedes (+33%) go against the grain, all posting positive results. Model-wise, it’s a podium 100% Perodua this month with the Axia at 17.1% share – more than any other brand, the Myvi at 10.1% and the Alza at 9.8% all distancing the Proton Saga (9.5%). The Honda HR-V hits its best ever share at 6.6%, above the Honda City and Nissan Almera. The VW Polo (#17)  and Mercedes GLE (#49) also make themselves noticed.

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Proton Saga Malaysia January 2016. Picture courtesy funtastickodesign.wordpress.comThe Proton Saga jumps to 2nd place with 10.6% share. 

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After a particularly strong December score edged annual sales onto a 4th consecutive record year, January sales a definitely deflated at -12% to just 44.591 registrations. Perodua is non-plussed and improves its market share further to 34.8% thanks to sales down just 3% to 15.538, but Proton (-13%) and Honda (-12%) follow the market while Nissan (-22%) and Toyota (-27%) lose significant share. Mazda gains 55% and Mercedes surges 139%, with other manufacturers in positive including Isuzu (+9%), BMW (+23%), Hino (+6%), Subaru (+28%) and Audi (+9%).

Proton Iriz Malaysia January 2016. Picture courtesy topgear.comThe Proton Iriz is up to #7.

In the models ranking, the Perodua Axia easily holds onto the top spot thanks to 7.060 sales and 15.8%, it is followed this month by the Proton Saga at 10.7%, the Perodua Alza at 9.8% and the Perodua Myvi a 9.2%. The Honda HR-V brilliantly snaps the #1 foreign ranking at #5 overall with 2.511 sales and 5.6% share, ahead of the Honda City. Notice also the Proton Iriz up to #7, the Ford Ranger up to #11, Mitsubishi Triton up to #13 vs. #21 in 2015, Nissan X-Trail up to #18 vs. #38 and the Mazda2 up to #23 vs. #47.

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