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Malaysia May 2018: Perodua breaks symbolic 50% share barrier in slow market

Perodua holds a gigantic – and record – 51.1% of its home market in May

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The 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be scrapped from 1 June onwards in Malaysia, which explains why the new car market dives 15.1% year-on-year in May to just 42.983 units as car purchases have been postponed to June when prices will automatically go down by 6%. Year-to-date volumes are now down 3.8% to 225.212. Brand leader Perodua has played its home market to perfection by choosing to offer a 6% rebate during May that effectively cancels the GST one month in advance. As a result, it is one of only 10 carmakers out of 45 present in the Malaysian market to register a year-on-year gain this month, and a large one at that: a whopping 28% that enables Perodua to break the symbolic 50% market share barrier for the first time in history at 51.1%. This is a staggering 8.8 percentage points above its previous share record of 42.3% established just last month. It is the third time in the past four months that Perodua breaks its all-time market share record in Malaysia after lifting it to 42.2% last February. Kia (+1%) is the only other Top 10 manufacturer in positive, with Honda (-12%) falling slower than the market but Toyota (-67%), Proton (-43%), Isuzu (-40%), BMW (-37%), Mercedes (-33%), Mazda (-32%) and Nissan (-23%) all freefalling.

Previous month: Malaysia April 2018: Perodua breaks record share again at 42.3%

One year ago: Malaysia May 2017: Honda and Proton outpace market up 13%

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Malaysia April 2018: Perodua breaks record share again at 42.3%

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New vehicle sales in Malaysia are up a solid 10.2% year-on-year in April to 47.089 units, yet the year-to-date tally remains in negative at -0.7% to 182.229 registrations. It’s another record month for Perodua, up a gigantic 39% on April 2017 to break its all-time share record in Malaysia for the second time in the past three months albeit by the smallest of margins at 42.3% vs. a previous best of 42.2% last February. Far below, Honda (+6%) remains at #2 with Toyota (-5%) rounding up the podium and now also ranking #3 year-to-date, stepping past Proton, down an abysmal 29% this month. Mitsubishi (+67%), Mercedes (+42%) and Mazda (+14%) also shine in the remainder of the Top 10 while further down Volvo (+148%), Renault (+90%), Daihatsu (+54%), Ford (+50%) and Mini (+28%) are among the best performers.

Previous month: Malaysia March 2018: Perodua and Mazda shine in market down 6.9%

One year ago: Malaysia April 2017: Honda, Proton and Toyota push up

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Malaysia March 2018: Perodua and Mazda shine in market down 6.9%

Mazda sales are up 38% year-on-year in Malaysia in March.

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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.

Previous month: Malaysia February 2018: Perodua smashes record share at 42.2%

One year ago: Malaysia March-April 2017: Honda, Proton and Toyota push up

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Malaysia February 2018: Perodua smashes record share at 42.2%

Perodua improves its record share by 1.6 percentage point in February.

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The Malaysian new car market drops 4.4% year-on-year to 40.578 registrations, pulling the year-to-date volume down 2.3% to 85.153 units. Brand leader Perodua goes against the grain: it is the only marque in the Top 5 to post a year-on-year gain at +3%, shooting up to an all-time record 42.2% market share, beating its previous best of 40.6% established back in August 2016. Below, Honda (-9%), Toyota (-13%), Proton (-37%) and Nissan (-28%) all fall faster than the market, resulting in reduced shares. The remainder of the Top 10 showcase some spectacular gains: Mazda (+120%), Mitsubishi (+50%), Mercedes (+32%) and BMW (+25%) all impress. Further down, notice Porsche (+173%), Subaru (+68%), Renault (+55%), Peugeot (+52%) and Volkswagen (+53%) among the most dynamic.

Previous month: Malaysia January 2018: Perodua soars 25% to tease 40% share

One year ago: Malaysia February 2017: Perodua up to 39.1% share in market up 12%

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Malaysia January 2018: Perodua soars 25% to tease 40% share

Perodua holds almost 40% of its home market in January. 

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New light vehicle sales in Malaysia edge down 0.2% year-on-year in January to 44.667 units, with sales of passenger cars stable but commercial vehicles (including pickups) surging 27%. Market leader Perodua soars 25% to a splendid 39.7% share vs. 35.5% over the Full Year 2017 whereas the rest of the Top 4 is all in negative: Honda drops 5% but Proton (-34%) and Toyota (-39%) both freefall. Mazda posts the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10 at a stunning 62% propelling the brand to #6 overall vs. #12 in December. BMW (+32%), Mercedes (+32%), Nissan (+29%) and Mitsubishi (+20%) also lodge very satisfying improvements. Further down, Volvo (+165%), Bison (+122%), Hino (+85%), Peugeot (+72%), Daihatsu (+37%) and Volkswagen (+30%) are among the biggest gainers while we welcome Chinese carmakers King Long (#37) and JMC (#40) in the Malaysian ranking for the first time this month.

Previous post: Malaysia Full Year 2017: Perodua remains above 200.000 sales

One year ago: Malaysia January 2017: Honda BR-V lifts market into positive (+0.1%)

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Malaysia Full Year 2017: Perodua remains above 200.000 sales

Perodua remains the most popular carmaker at home. 

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The Malaysian new car market records a second consecutive year of decline in 2017 at 576.635 units, down 0.6% on the 580.124 sales of 2016 and to be compared with an all-time record of 666.677 hit in 2015. Passenger cars are up 0.02% to 514.679 units while commercial vehicles are down 5.4% to 61.956 including 41.316 pickups, down 7.6% on 2016. Local carmaker Perodua remains by far the most popular in Malaysia, posting a third consecutive year (and ever) above 200.000 annual units but down 1% to 35.5% share. Honda on the other hand surges 19% to 19% share vs. 15.8% a year ago, eclipsing the 100.000 annual sales mark for the very first time and to be compared with just 51.544 in 2013. Meanwhile Proton continues to decline at -2% and saves its third place overall for just 1.500 units above Toyota (+9%) improving its market share by one percentage point to 12.1%. Below, Subaru (+23%), BMW (+18%), Peugeot (+13%) and Mini (+12%) are among the most dynamic.

Malaysia sales and production 2008-2017. Source: MAA

Previous month: Malaysia November 2017: Honda up 18% to 21.3% share

Previous year (brands): Malaysia Full Year 2016: Perodua hits record share in market down 13%

Previous year (models): Malaysia Full Year 2016: Models data now available

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

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Malaysia November 2017: Honda up 18% to 21.3% share

Honda sales are up 18% year-on-year in Malaysia in November.

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New vehicle sales in Malaysia are stable in November at +0.2% to 49.184 units, with a year-to-date volume now up 1.3% to 521.907 registrations. The three best-selling carmakers all frankly outpace the market: Perodua is up 8% to 33.8% share vs. 35.4% year-to-date, Honda shoots up 18% to 21.3% vs. 18.8% and Toyota is up 6% to 13.8% vs. 11.9%. In contrast, Proton freefalls 34% to just 9.8% of the market vs. 12.7% year-to-date and Nissan drops 30% to 4.3%. Further down, Volvo (+15%), Mini (+20%), Peugeot (+20%), Hyundai (+23%), Mazda (+26%), Daihatsu (+68%) and most strikingly Volkswagen (+222%) are among the best performers.

Previous month: Malaysia October 2017: Perodua, Honda, Toyota strong in market down 1.7%

One year ago: Malaysia November 2016: Proton resists best in market down 12.5%

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Malaysia October 2017: Perodua, Honda, Toyota strong in market down 1.7%

Toyota sales are up 13% year-on-year in Malaysia in October.

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New car sales in Malaysia are down 1.7% year-on-year in October to 47.041 registrations, yet the year-to-date volume remains in positive at +1.4% to 472.723 units. The Top 3 best-selling carmakers go against the grain and post positive results: leader Perodua is up 2% to 35.1% share vs. 35.6% so far in 2017, while Honda is up 11% to 19.3% and Toyota up 13% to 13.2%, both well above their YTD levels. In contrast, Proton continues to freefall at -33% to just 10.8% in fourth place vs. 13% so far this year. Further down, Mercedes (+23%), BMW (+13%), Volkswagen (+167%), Subaru (+58%), Peugeot (+35%) and Daihatsu (+80%) make themselves noticed inside the Top 20.

Previous month: Malaysia September 2017: Honda, BMW, VW and Subaru defy market down 15%

One year ago: Malaysia October 2016: Perodua, Honda, Proton resist, market at -14%

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Malaysia September 2017: Honda, BMW, VW and Subaru defy market down 15%

Honda gains 5% in a market down 15%. 

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The Malaysian new car market is down a harsh 15% year-on-year in September to 40.981 registrations, however the year-to-date tally remains in positive at +1.7% to 425.711 units. Brand leader Perodua follows the market with a 16% drop, whereas Honda goes against the grain and gains 5% to 19.3% share vs. 18.5% so far this year. Below, Proton (-26%), Toyota (-23%) and Nissan (-29%) all lose share. Meanwhile, BMW (+19%), Volkswagen – up a spectacular 86%, Subaru (+77%), Hino (+38%) and Peugeot (+58%) defy the odds and all post double-digit gains.

Previous month: Malaysia August 2017: Volkswagen more than doubles sales

One year ago: Malaysia September 2016: Perodua boosted again by Brezza at +18%

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Malaysia August 2017: Volkswagen more than doubles sales

Volkswagen sales are up 113% year-on-year in Malaysia in August. 

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The Malaysian new car market is down 1.2% year-on-year in August to 51.709 registrations yet the year-to-date tally remains in positive at +3.8% to 384.730 units. Although declining by a harsh 12%, Perodua continues to reign supreme over the Malaysian charts with 36% share vs. 35.7% year-to-date, almost double the #2 Honda up 18% to 18.8%. Proton, which has been struggling in the past, rallies back up 45% to 12.5% share in third place, still one full percentage point below its YTD level of 13.5%. Toyota (-13%), Nissan (-19%), Isuzu (-10%) and Mazda (-22%) all struggle whereas BMW (+14%), Mercedes (+24%) and most strikingly Volkswagen (+113%) shine. Further down, notice also Volvo (+26%), Audi (+103%) and Peugeot (+119%) posting very solid gains.

Previous month: Malaysia July 2017: Perodua and Proton beat market back up 14%

One year ago: Malaysia August 2016: Bezza lifts Perodua up 28% in market down 2%

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