Malaysia H1 2015: Now with monthly Top 10 models (BSCB exclusive)

Honda HR-V Malaysia January 2015The Honda HR-V is an instant blockbuster in Malaysia as in most of the ASEAN region.

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We can now share with you the 10 most popular nameplates in Malaysia for each month during the First Half of 2015. This is a very momentous period for the Malaysian models ranking with three significant events occurring before our eyes:

  • The change of guard between the Perodua Myvi – market leader for the past 9 years – and the Perodua Axia, now incontestable #1 in Malaysia even hitting 18.7% market share in April.
  • The progression of the all-new Proton Iriz, now making its mark inside the domestic Top 10, which it reached 5 times in the first 6 months of 2015 with a ranking best of #9 in February, March and May.
  • The smashing entrance of the Honda HR-V, which went on sale in Malaysia in April to land directly at #8 that month. It has not left the Malaysian Top 10 since.

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Malaysia H1 2015: Discover the Top 220 models (BSCB exclusive)

Proton Iriz Malaysia June 2015. Picture courtesy topgear.comThe Proton Iriz lands at #9 so far in 2015 at home.

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After FY 2014 and June 2015, here is the third Malaysian models update after over 3 years of silence, covering the First Half of 2015 with even more data this time and a Top 220 models. Coup d’état atop the charts: the all-new Perodua Axia not only brilliantly replace the outgoing Viva but snaps the pole position away from the MyVi, and with a tremendous margin at 15.5% share vs. 8.3% for the MyVi. In fact, Perodua manages the incredible feat to place its entire 2015 range on the podium over the period, with the Alza MPV at #3 and 7.9% share. As we have seen in the June ranking, the #2 to #4 position are still in transition with the MyVi likely to fall further down over the coming month, resulting in the Proton Saga – down to #4 over H1 2015 – and Perodua Alza battling for the 2nd spot miles below the Axia.

Honda City Malaysia June 2014. Picture courtesy paultan.orgThe Honda City is now the best-selling foreign model in Malaysia…

Toyota Vios Malaysia June 2015. Picture courtesy rebeccasaw.com…toppling the Toyota Vios…

The foreign models ranking gets a shake down as well: boosted by the very successful 2014 model, the Honda City reclaims the title of best-selling foreigner off the Toyota Vios by ranking 5th overall with 6.4% share (vs. 6.1% over the FY 2014) while the Vios tumbles down from 7% to 5.4% and the Nissan Almera gains two spots thanks to a stable share at 4.1%. The Proton Iriz, the other big Malaysian news in 2014 along with the Perodua Axia, is slowly finding its place under the sun at #9 and 2.4% share so far this year. The Honda HR-V is received with the same warm welcome everywhere in the ASEAN region: it lands at an outstanding #12 in Malaysia. Finally, we now have access to luxury brand data with the BMW 3 Series leading the pack (#30) above the Mercedes E-Class (#33), BMW 5 Series (#41) and Mercedes C-Class 9#43).

Nissan Almera Malaysia June 2015. Picture courtesy autoworld.com.my…with the Nissan Almera leaping up to third place.

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Malaysia June 2015: Perodua Axia ends decade-long Myvi domination

Perodua Axia Malaysia June 2015. Picture courtesy thestar.com.myThe Perodua Axia is Malaysia’s new best-seller.

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Exclusive June 2015 sales data for Malaysia shows the Perodua Axia has now comfortably established itself atop the sales charts, ending a decade-long domination of the Perodua Myvi within just a handful of months after its launch at home. After selling 7.739 units in January vs. 4.994 for the Myvi, the Axia is at 8.253 in June vs. 4.229 for the Myvi now also outsold by the Proton Saga (4.229) and threatened for #3 by the Perodua Alza (4.187). The Perodua Axia replaces the 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.

Proton Iriz Malaysia June 2015. Picture courtesy paultan.orgThe Proton Iriz breaks into the Malaysian Top 10 in June.

With the Top 4 now 100% Malaysian, the Honda City remains at #5 to snap the title of best-selling foreigner off the Toyota Vios down to #6 whereas the instant blockbuster of this First Half of 2015 is the Honda HR-V landing directly in 7th place, a similar success as in neighbouring Thailand and Indonesia. Further down, the Proton Iriz manages to edge its way inside the Top 10 in 10th place with just under 3% market share, with other great gainers vs. FY 2014 including the Mazda3 at #25, Nissan Serena, Teana and X-Trail. Now that we have access to premium manufacturers data, we witness the arrival of the Mercedes E-Class (#23), BMW 3 Series (#31), 5 Series and Mercedes C- and A-Class inside the Malysian Top 50 in June.

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Perodua Axia Advance Malaysia 2014. Picture courtesy of paultan.orgThe Perodua Axia lands directly at #7 in Malaysia.

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For the first time since May 2012 we can share with you a models ranking for Malaysia, thanks to data collected with manufacturers by our local correspondent. We now have access to the 75 best-selling models for the Full Year 2013 and 2014, giving us an exhaustive and very rare insight into the Malaysian market. As expected, the Perodua Myvi remains the most popular vehicle in the country despite sales down 16% to 82.500, followed by the Proton Saga (-18%) while the Perodua Alza is up 14% and one spot on 2013 to jump onto the podium in third position.

Proton Iriz Malaysia 2014. Picture courtesy of paultan.orgThe Proton Iriz ranks #18 for its first appearance in an annual Malaysian ranking.

The Toyota Vios (+54%) and Honda City (+109%) are the best-selling foreign models, both fitting inside the Top 5. The success story of 2014, the Perodua Axia, lands directly at #7, only 68 units below the Perodua Viva it replaces. Notice also the Nissan Almera at #9, the Honda Jazz up 4-fold on 2013 to #12, the Honda Accord up 159% to #13, Toyota Corolla up 148% to #15, Ford Ranger up 4-fold to #16 and the all-new Proton Iriz landing at #18.

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Malaysia June 2015: Mazda, Mercedes & Isuzu buck trend

Mercedes C Class Malaysia June 2015. Picture courtesy telegraph.co.ukMalaysian Mercedes sales are up 91% year-on-year in June.

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The Malaysian new car market is losing steam in 2015: down 2% year-on-year in June to 57.437 registrations and down 3% year-to-date at 322.184 units. Perodua follows the market at -2% to 16.475 deliveries and 28.7% market share while Proton (-8%) and Toyota (-7%) lose market share. Reversely, Honda (+19%) enjoys the effects of the HR-V launch in 4th place with 8.668 sales and even remains above Toyota year-to-date at 43.596 vs. 38.796. Nissan (+7%) but most strikingly Mazda (+27%), Isuzu (+36%) and Mercedes (+91%) also buck the trend inside the Top 10, whereas further down Ford (-23%), Mitsubishi (-26%), Volkswagen (-41%) and Hyundai (-50%) implode. As a reminder for the Malaysian new car market, due to the Malaysian Competition Commissioner’s belief that publication of the sales volumes of individual models will result in prices going up as traders ‘exploit’ such information, we have been unauthorised to share models data for the past 3 years. Such transparency, which consumers would like to see, is considered an offence under the Competition Act.

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Malaysia May 2015: Proton back up to #2, Mercedes up two-fold

Mercedes C-Class Malaysia May 2015. Picture courtesy whatcar.co.uk

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The Malaysian new car market continues to put on the brakes at -8% year-on-year in May to 51.254 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 264.747 units, down 4% on 2014. The Top 4 brands return to their order of FY2014 with Perodua in the lead by far at 33.7% share thanks to sales up 7% on May 2014, Proton back up to #2 at 16.2% but down 17%, Toyota rounding up the podium at 14.7% (-7%) and Honda down to 4th place at 12.1% (-16%). Nissan bucks the market with deliveries up 5%, while Mercedes more than doubles its sales year-on-year to a stunning 7th place overall with 1.148 units sold and 2.2% share. Further down, notice also Subaru up 99%, Lexus up 37%, Mini up 19%, Porsche up 189% and Renault up 457%.

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Malaysia April 2015: Perodua almost at 40% share, Proton at 11%

Perodua Axia Malaysia April 2015Perodua Axia

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Paying for the pull-forward sales of March (+14%) in anticipation of the GST implementation, the Malaysian new car market crashes down 23% year-on-year in April to just 45.187 registrations, pulling the year-to-date total in negative at -2% and 213.493 deliveries. According to local website Motor Trader, The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) “believes that May sales will also be as weak due to the general sentiment of consumers who have found their cost of living increased. During this period of ‘adjustment’, any inclination to spend a large sum of money on a new car might be less likely for many”. The two local manufacturers behave in polar opposite ways this month: Perodua manages to keep its sales stable year-on-year thanks to the tremendous success of the Axia and increases its market share to a record 38.9%. Honda (-5%) and Toyota (-34%) take advantage of Proton literally imploding at -51% to just 4.972 units and 11%, the manufacturer’s lowest ever market share at home… Notice also Mercedes up 68% on April 2014 to #6 and Subaru up 64% but Ford down 68% and Mitsubishi down 76%.

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Malaysia March 2015: GST implementation pushes market up 14%

Honda CR-V Malaysia March 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comHonda leads foreign carmakers in Malaysia in March.

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A new Goods & Service Tax (GST) implementation scheduled for April 1 resulted in a surge in forward purchases in Malaysia, pushing the market up 14% to 67,314 registrations, the highest monthly result in almost two years – since the 68,451 units registered in July 2013. The GST will be applied throughout the supply chain and not just at the end on the car itself, so the implications are complex and the prices are likely to move significantly (up and/or down), which partly explains why car buyers rushed to dealerships in March. The other reason explaining the surge is the unusual amount of discounts many carmakers had in place during March to try and entice car buyers that thought the GST increase would result in a drop in prices and were mulling deferring their purchase until April.

The brands ranking is extremely stable in March in Malaysia, with the Top 7 best-sellers remaining unchanged compared to February. If local manufacturers Perodua (33.4%) and Proton (15.6%) are slightly lower than their year-to-date levels, both Honda (14.2%) and Toyota (10.7%) fare significantly better.

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Malaysia February 2015: Honda leads foreign carmakers again

Honda Fit Malaysia February 2015. Picture courtesy auto.163.comHonda Fit

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The Malaysian new car market is down a minuscule 0.7% year-on-year in February to a still very solid 50,390 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 100,992 units, one (!) sale above the same time last year. Local manufacturer Perodua (36.9%) manages to sell more than double any other carmaker in the market, with the 2nd local brand Proton at just 16.4% share this month. For the 2nd time in a row, Honda shines and tops all foreign carmakers thanks to 6,041 sales and 12%, while Toyota is back up one spot to #4 overall at 4,990 units and 9.9%, overtaking Nissan at #5 and 7%.

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Malaysia January 2015: Honda and Chana shine

Honda HR-V Malaysia January 2015HR-V effect? Honda is the #1 foreign brand in Malaysia in January.

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New light vehicle sales are up 1% year-on-year in Malaysia in January to 50,602 registrations, continuing a record-breaking run that has now lasted over two years. Below the two local manufacturers and traditional leaders Perodua (31.8%) and Proton (17.6%), Honda surprises this month by taking the lead of foreign manufacturers thanks to 6,522 sales and 12.9% share. The continued success of the City and the arrival of the HR-V, which has reportedly been met with very strong interest, have contributed to this historical result: Toyota is traditionally the #1 foreigner in Malaysia, even outselling Proton to rank #2 overall in December. The Japanese manufacturer is however down to #5 this month below Nissan. Notice also Chana, whose Era range of mini pickup trucks (aka Chana Star) lifts it to #20 overall with 105 sales vs. #30 and 341 over the Full Year 2014.

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