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Malaysia July 2019: Proton (+6%) only island of growth in market logically down -25.7%

The facelifted Saga helps keep Proton sales in positive in July.

New vehicle sales in Malaysia continue to suffer from an artificially high year ago comparison set linked to the temporary scrapping of GST then, with July volumes down -25.7% on what was the 2nd largest volume in history in July 2018 to 50.853 registrations, tilting the YTD tally frankly into negative territory at -3.1% to 347.187. Below Perodua (-16.4%) falling markedly slower than the market, Proton (+6%) continues to be the lonely island of growth in Malaysia – posting the only year-on-year gain in the Top 20 alongside Daihatsu (+68.1%) albeit the latter with only 0.2% share. This way, Proton overtakes Honda (-41.2%) to snap the #2 spot YTD. In the remainder of the Top 10, only Mazda (-16.5%) and Isuzu (-24.3%) also sink slower than the market, whereas Mercedes (-52.8%), Nissan (-39.4%), Toyota (-38%) and Mitsubishi (-37.8%) all implode. Further down, Porsche (+102.6%), Mini (-4.3%), Volvo (-12.6%) and Peugeot (-12.8%) are among the best performers.

Previous month: Malaysia June 2019: Proton (+23.4%), Renault (+60.1%) defy freak market loss (-29.4%)

One year ago: Malaysia July 2018: No GST boosts market to 2nd largest volume ever

Full July 2019 Top 40 All-brands ranking below.

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