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Total vehicle sales for the month of May this year have fallen by 8.4% compared to the same period last year, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA). A total of 51,254 vehicles were sold, to be exact, with the numbers split between 45,874 passenger and 5,380 commercial vehicles.

In May 2014, a total of 55,941 vehicles – 49,865 passenger and 6,076 commercial vehicles – were sold. This represented a difference of 4,687 units in total. Additionally, total industry volume for the year-to-date of May 2015 was recorded at 264,747 units – a drop of 9,848 units, or 3.6% lower, compared to the corresponding period in 2014.

As for production numbers, the total vehicle build count for May 2015 was recorded at 51,024 units – 46,889 passenger and 4,135 commercial vehicles. In contrast, the figure for May 2014 was recorded at 54,432 units, representing a drop of 3,408 units. Of the total, 50,154 units were that of passenger vehicles while a total of 4,278 commercial vehicles were produced.

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According to the MAA, the reason behind the slump in sales performance can be attributed to the introduction of the goods and services tax (GST) – to which a majority of consumers are still finding it hard to adjust to. In return, consumers tend to exercise a lot more caution when it comes to the notion of purchasing a new car. Aside from that, unfavourable exchange rates have caused further uncertainties amongst businesses.

With that said, the MAA has predicted a brighter forecast for the month ahead in terms of sales performance. This is, of course, the result of the myriad of promotions and sales campaigns offered by dealers as part of the Hari Raya festive season.