Driven 2014 Ep3 D-Segment Battle- 2

The auto industry in Malaysia is not looking all that rosy, based on the sales results of the first half of 2015. Sales so far this year, including both passenger and commercial vehicles, has seen a marginal 3.3% decrease compared to the same period in 2014 (322,184 vs 333,156 units).

As such, the Malaysian Automotive Association has revised its full year Total Industry Volume (TIV) forecast down from 680,000 to 670,000 units. That’s still 0.5% higher than the 2014 TIV of 666,465, though.

As for the month of June 2015, though, total sales have increased significantly by 12.1%. Exactly 57,437 units of new cars were registered, compared to 51,254 in May.

We have compiled MAA’s sales data in the table below, sorted by the top performing brands in June 2015. As expected, given that it’s the month leading up to Hari Raya, most companies registered positive moves.

Interestingly enough, however, Perodua is the only brand in the top 20 list to have sold less vehicles compared to the month prior. Perodua registered 16,475 units in June, 815 less than in May. In stark contrast is Proton, which went up by 11.9% in the same month.

Not many surprises lie further down the table. Toyota (8,989 units, up 19.0%) and Honda (8,668, up 39.3%) are neck and neck in third and fourth places, though Honda is still up in third place overall in terms of year-to-date performance. As always, Nissan (3,765, up 14.0%) is fifth on the list, though it sold less than half of what Toyota/Honda managed.

Elsewhere, Isuzu (+35.2%), Ford (+56.7%), Mitsubishi (+33.0%) and Volkswagen (+38.1%) all registered big strides. Left with less positive numbers are Chevrolet (-22.9%), Land Rover (-25.8%) and Renault (-41.5%).

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