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New car sales in Malaysia post a 6.9% year-on-year decline in March to 49.985 registrations, pulling the Q1 volume down 4% to 135.140 units. Brand leader Perodua continues to ignore the surrounding gloom with a splendid 7% year-on-year increase leading to a mammoth 41.5% share. That’s almost five times the amount of its local once-competitor, Proton, down 31% to just 8.4% of the market at #4 overall. Honda (-18%) and Toyota (-16%) round up the podium but drop much faster than the market, as is the case for Isuzu (-30%), Nissan (-24%) and Mercedes (-16%) in the remainder of the Top 10. In contrast, Mazda surges 38% to #6 while BMW gains 2% to #9 and Mitsubishi limits its fall to -4%. Further down, Hino (+132%), Peugeot (+55%), Volkswagen (+33%), Ford (+33%) and Lexus (+11%) make themselves noticed while Chinese newcomer and heavy truckmaker Sinotruk shoots up 14 spots on February to #17.
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