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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

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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

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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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Malaysia October 2013: Market up 6%, still on track for record year

November 18th, 2013 No comments

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

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The Malaysian Automotive Association reporter October new car sales in the country were up 6% on October 2012 to 55,078 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 543,048 units, 6% higher than the same period in 2012 and still on track for a record Full Year 2013 predicted at 640,000 units. The MAA even predicted November and December sales data could be higher because of a backlog of orders from October and a potential boost coming from the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show on from 15 to 24 November.

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.

Previous month: Malaysia September 2013: Market up a shiny 14%

One year ago: Malaysia June-July 2012: Why there is no market report

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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.

Previous month: Malaysia August 2013: Record year still in the cards

One year ago: Malaysia June-July 2012: Why there is no market report

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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.

Previous post: Malaysia July 2013: Strongest monthly result in 5 years!

One year ago: Malaysia June-July 2012: Why there is no market report

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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.

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

One year ago: Malaysia June-July 2012: Why there is no market report

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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.

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

One year ago: Malaysia June-July 2012: Why there is no market report

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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…

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

One year ago: Malaysia May 2012: Proton Preve up to #7

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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…

Previous month: Malaysia March 2013: Market back up 8%

One year ago: Malaysia April 2012: Proton Preve makes its first appearance

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