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Malaysia September 2013: Market up a shiny 14%

October 28th, 2013 No comments

Proton Suprima S Malaysia September 2013Proton Suprima S

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At 54,945 registrations, the Malaysian new car market is up an estimated 14% year-on-year. Sales add up to 174,482 for the third quarter of the year which is the strongest so far in 2013. The year-to-date total now stands at at a record 487,970 units, up 6% on 2012 and still on track for a all-time best of 640,000 sales by the time the year comes to an end.

As it has now been the case for over a year, this is all the information I can share with you on the Malaysian car market. This is because the Competition Commissioner believes that sharing of detailed historical sales data will a negative effect on competition and place consumers at a disadvantage. As a result many companies are unwilling to supply the data to the Malaysian Automotive Association, no models ranking has been made available since May 2012 and the brands ranking is only available twice a year as it was the case last month.

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Malaysia August 2013: Record year still in the cards

September 21st, 2013 1 comment

Proton Preve Suprima S Malaysia August 2013. Picture courtesy of pautan.orgProton Prevé and Suprima S. Still no models data available for Malaysia… 

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After lodging its best month in 4 years in July, the Malaysian new car market returns back to normal in August, down 25% on last month to 51,104 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 433,023 units, up 5% year-on-year. The Full Year prediction now stands at 640,000 sales, up 2% on 2012 which was already a record year.

As it has now been the case for over a year, this is all the information I can share with you on the Malaysian car market. This is because the Competition Commissioner believes that sharing of detailed historical sales data will a negative effect on competition and place consumers at a disadvantage. As a result many companies are unwilling to supply the data to the Malaysian Automotive Association, no models ranking has been made available since May 2012 and the brands ranking is only available twice a year as it was the case last month.

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Malaysia July 2013: Strongest monthly result in 4 years!

August 22nd, 2013 No comments

Proton Suprima S Malaysia July 2013Proton just unveiled the Suprima S, a Prevé hatchback.

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Due to a combination of good timing (festive season before the ramadan), aggressive discounts and the introduction of new models, the Malaysia new car market reaches a level it had not touched in 4 years in July. At 68,431 registations, July sales are up a magnificent 15% on July 2012 and deliver the strongest monthly result in 4 years. The last time monthly sales topped 60,000 units was last December (60,583). This means the year-to-date total now stands at 381,919 units after 7 months, up 6% on 2012.

As it has now been the case for over a year, this is all the information I can share with you on the Malaysian car market. This is because the Competition Commissioner believes that sharing of detailed historical sales data will a negative effect on competition and place consumers at a disadvantage. As a result many companies are unwilling to supply the data to the Malaysian Automotive Association, no models ranking has been made available since May 2012 and the brands ranking is only available twice a year as it was the case last month.

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

July 23rd, 2013 5 comments

Toyota Vios Malaysia June 2013The new Toyota Vios (usually #1 foreigner) should help Malaysian car sales break records in 2013.

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Motor Trader Malaysia today announced that Frost & Sullivan revised its Malaysian full year 2013 volume up from 600,000 previously to 638,000 units which would constitute a new all-time record for this market, up 2% on 2012 which is the current record. Motor Trader also reports Kavan Mukhtyar, Partner & Head of the Automotive & Transportation Practice, Asia Pacific as saying that another reason for the forecast’s upward revision is that the likely impact of Malaysia’s electoral uncertainty during the run-up to the 2013 General Election was not as high as expected.

Protoan Saga SV Malaysia June 2013The launch of the ‘amazingly affordable’ Proton Saga SV is the answer to…

Halfway through 2013, the Malaysian new car market is up 4% year-on-year to 313.488 units. The launch of the lower-priced Perodua S-Series models (across MyVi, Viva and Alza) as well as the new generation Honda CR-V has reportedly had a positive impact on sales. Proton has responded by launching the sharply priced Saga SV in mid-June and we should see the effects of this launch on the general market through July. The launch of the new generation Toyota Vios and Proton Preve Hatchback in Q3 2013 should enable sales to stay at record levels through to the end of the year.

Perodua S-Series Malaysia June 2013…the similarly sharply price Perodua S-Series models.

All-in-all, Perodua keeps the brand leadership thanks to 96,873 sales and 30.9% share while Proton drops to 20.7% at 64,782 units and Toyota falls to 14% with 43,747 sales. Nissan improves massively from 5.8% share over the Full Year 2012 to 8.4% halfway through 2013, Honda goes from 5.6% to 7%, Mitsubishi gains two spots to #6 and 2.1% share, Ford and Mazda are both up 4 to #8 and #10 respectively, Kia up 3 to #15, Audi up 4 and doubling its market share to #20 and Subaru up a huge 15 ranks to #26.

Audi Q5 hybrid quattro /FahraufnahmeAudi doubled its market in Malaysia compared to 2012. 

And this is all the sales info you will get for Malaysia: since May 2012 there is no models sales data released for this country. This is because the Competition Commissioner believes that sharing of detailed historical sales data will a negative effect on competition and place consumers at a disadvantage. As a result many companies are unwilling to supply the data to the Malaysian Automotive Association. Hopefully this won’t last for too long because we are missing out on crucial information for a potential Top 20 worldwide market in the next couple of years.

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

June 20th, 2013 2 comments

Ford Kuga Malaysia May 2013Ford Kuga. New model launches in June could help get the Malaysian new car market back on track. 

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For the second time in the last 4 months, the Malaysian new car market is in sharp decline year-on-year, this time down a worrying 15% on May 2012 to 49,634 registrations. The year-to-date total now stands at 259,857 units, still up by 6% over the same period in 2012, however the market was up 13% as of last month so if the monthly declines continue, this advantage will obviously be reduced further. Why are Malaysian new car sales slumping? Simple explanation.

Motor Trader says that “prior to the general elections in May, politicians made promises that should their party win, there will be a reduction in new car prices, something which Malaysians have long been unhappy about.” Now that the elections are complete, consumers are holding off the purchase of new cars, expecting the promised pride reductions to come into place any moment now. However the government still hasn’t applied any price cut. In fact, it appears that the government does not plan to reduce excise duties and expects the carmakers to lower their retail prices – while continuing to pay the high excise duties.

A very interesting situation indeed, added to this is the long-running decision my the Malaysian Automotive Association to refuse to share brands or models data for the Malaysian car market, and this since June last year, because the Competition Commissioner believes that sharing of detailed historical sales data would be an offence under the Malaysian Competition Act. The Act, intended to prevent price-fixing (among other things), suggests that sharing of data by car companies is an act of collusion and would put consumers at a disadvantage…

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

May 18th, 2013 3 comments

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No detailed models data has been available for Malaysia for almost a year now because the Competition Commissioner believes that sharing of detailed historical sales data will have some sort of negative effect on competition and place consumers at a disadvantage… As a result many companies are unwilling to supply the data to the Malaysian Automotive Association. So we have to do with just overall sales data. Building on an 8% year-on-year gain in March, the Malaysian new car market is up a whopping 19% year-on-year to 52,489 registrations, however this is compared with a period last year when Honda wasn’t selling any cars in the country…

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Malaysia March 2013: Market back up 8%

April 18th, 2013 1 comment

Malaysia. Picture by World Bank Photo Collection through Flickr

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Still no detailed data by brand or models available for Malaysia, only the total sales figure for the month of March. After dropping by 18% in February, Malaysian new car sales are back up 8% year-on-year in March to 57,622 registrations. This brings the year-to-date total to 157,664 units, up 14% on 2012 and therefore technically still on track for a 2nd consecutive all-time record year in 2013… The March figure was split between 50,562 passenger cars and 7,060 commercial vehicles including Pick-ups.

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Malaysia February 2013: Market down 18%

March 16th, 2013 2 comments

Melaka Malaysia 2008Melaka, Malaysia May 2008

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Traditionally disrupted by Lunar New Year celebrations, in 2013 February new car sales in Malaysia fare worse than normal, down 18% year-on-year to 44,977 registrations. However over the first two months of 2013 the market is still up a very healthy 18% over the the same period in 2012. The February total was composed of 40,406 passenger vehicles and 4,571 commercial vehicles including pick-up trucks.

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Malaysia Full Year 2012: Record year – now with brands ranking

March 11th, 2013 15 comments

The Perodua MyVi is likely to have kept the title of best-selling car in Malaysia in 2012

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Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) figures show that new car sales in the country are up 5% year-on-year in 2012 to a record 627,753 registrations, beating the previous best of 605,156 units established in 2010. Since last June though, there is no market report for Malaysia on BestSellingCarsBlog because the MAA refuses to share any detailed data, and it doesn’t look like this will change any time soon. There is however a complete brands ranking available on Motor Trader Malaysia and I have updated this post to take into account their evolution compared to 2011. Perodua behaves like the market: up 5% to 189,137 sales which means it brilliantly remains above 30% market share.

Proton went from 26.4% market share in 2011 to 22.5% in 2012.

Proton reversely dropped by 11% to 141,121 units and 22.5% share vs. 26.4% in 2011. Toyota is the best-selling foreign brand once again this year thanks to 105,121 sales, up an excellent 21% year-on-year, while Nissan (+12%) passes Honda (+8%) even though both brands have had a very dynamic year. The most impressive progression in the Top 10 is without contest delivered by Volkswagen, up a whopping 77% and 4 spots on 2011 to land in 6th position at 13,003 units and 2.1% share.

VW Polo Malaysia 2012Volkswagen sales are up 77% in Malaysia in 2012.

Further down, notice BMW up 26% to #15, Kia up 151% to #18, Chevrolet up 59% to #20, Audi up 53% to #24 and Land Rover up 192% to #26. If Chery is down a worrying 45% year-on-year to #21, a plethora of Chinese manufacturers have landed in Malaysia this year, albeit still with very small sales figures: among them, Great Wall ranks #35, JAC #37, ChangAn #39, Grand Tiger #42 and BAW #45.

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Malaysia January 2013: Market up 34%

February 24th, 2013 2 comments

Melaka Malaysia 2008Melaka, Malaysia, May 2008.

Only the total sales figure is now available for Malaysia, with brands and models ranking a thing of the past, temporarily hopefully. And after breaking its all-time record in 2012, the Malaysian new car market starts the year 2013 extremely well: up 34.5% year-on-year in January to 55,066 registrations. This was explained by the Malaysian Automotive Association by strong incentives leading up to the Chinese New Year season. However, it is estimated that the pending general elections could be a distraction for some customers that hope “promises by certain parties of reducing taxes on vehicles will come true after the elections and prefer to wait and see what happens”, Motor Trader Malaysia says.

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