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Malaysia Full Year 2015: First year of reign for the Perodua Axia

Perodua Axia Malaysia 2015. Picture courtesy Perodua Axia spends its first full year in Malaysia at #1.  

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For the first ever time on BestSellingCarsBlog we can share with you an All-models ranking for Malaysia. Whereas the year-to-date total was still lagging behind 2014 after 11 months, a last minute surge at 69.401 registrations in December has made 2015 the sixth consecutive year above 600.000 annual sales and the 4th record year in a row at 666.674 registrations, up  minuscule 0.02% or 187 units on 2014. This result was achieved despite adverse market conditions including the introduction of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) in April, the weakening of the local currency the ringgit and the slump in oil prices having a big impact to the country’s economy.

Graphs by Motor Trader

Passenger cars drive the market in 2015 with a 0.5% improvement from 588.348 to 591.298 while commercial vehicles drop 3.5% from 78.139 to 75.376. However among CVs pick-ups show a much more dynamic behaviour at +3% to 55.115 units, now representing 73% of all commercial vehicles sold in Malaysia in 2015.

Proton Iriz Malaysia June 2015. Picture courtesy topgear.comThe Proton Iriz breaks into the Malaysian Top 10 for its first full year in market.

According to data released by the Malaysian Automobile Association (MAA), the volume of vehicles produced locally rose by 3% to 614,664 units or 92.1% of the vehicles sold. In comparison, in 2014, 89.4% of all the news vehicles sold were produced in Malaysian factories. MAA predicts a drop in 2016 of 2.5% to 650.000 units, but the association is optimistic in 2017 at +3% to 669.500 units before reaching 717.400 units in 2020.

Brand-wise, there are two main heroes in Malaysia in 2015. First, local carmaker Perodua crossed the 200.000 annual unit mark for the first time in history with sales up 9% to a record 213.307 units and 32% share vs. 29.3% a year ago. Archevbemy Proton, once #1 in Malaysia, now sells less than half Perodua’s volumes, down 12% to 102.175 deliveries, and has even started falling below Honda and Toyota on a monthly basis…


Thanks to the arrival of the HR-V landing directly at a fantastic 9th place with 21.117 sales despite a February launch, Honda shoots up 22% to an all-time best 94.902 sales, for the first time overtaking Toyota down 8% to 93.760. Nissan (+18%) and Mazda (+26%) follow with spectacular gains as well, while Isuzu (+2%) bypasses Ford (-13%) and Mitsubishi (-23%). Mercedes is up a brilliant 56% and four spots to break into the Top 10 brands in Malaysia in 2015.

Proton Saga Malaysia July 2015. Picture courtesy funtastickodesign.wordpress.comThe Proton Saga loses the battle to #2 to the Perodua Myvi in 2015.

Launched in September 2014 and #1 here ever since, the Perodua Axia logically takes the lead of the Malaysian models ranking with a whopping 101.879 sales and 15.3% share, putting an end to one decade of domination of the Perodua Myvi, down 34% to #2 and 54.166 units this year. The Axia replaces the Perodua 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. Fighting for #2 all year, the Proton Saga ends up losing the battle to the Myvi at 53.825 units (-4%) but stays above the Perodua Alza (-9%). The Honda City (+13%) becomes the best-selling foreigner in the country, overtaking the Toyota Vios (-6%) while the Proton Iriz spends its first full year in market inside the Top 10.

Previous month: Malaysia November 2015: Discover the Top 80 models (BSCB Exclusive)

Previous year:  Malaysia Full Year 2014: Perodua leads in record year – now with Top 100 models

Two years ago: Malaysia Full Year 2013: Perodua tops, Nissan and Honda jump

Full Year 2015 Top 50 All-brands and Top 245 All-models vs. 2014 figures below.

Full December 2015 Top 45 All-brands and Top 65 models below.

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