Vehicle sales data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) for the month of October 2016 saw a continuation of the downward trend from the months of September and August. Diving into the numbers by brand, we see that even though the market is seeing red at the moment, a few players have managed to do well.

One of them is national carmaker Proton, which managed to retain its third place ranking ahead of Toyota. This is thanks to a 26% jump in sales, from 6,062 units (in September) to 7,640 units. The introduction of the new Saga is likely a strong contributor to the company’s sales performance.

Meanwhile, Perodua continues to remain at the top of the charts, despite a 5.8% decline in sales, with the company shifting just 16,148 units, 999 less than the previous month. The new figures bring the company’s year-to-date (YTD) sales to 167,037 units.


Moving on to non-national makes, Honda managed to sell 9.4% more cars, helping it to retain its second-place position with 8,204 units sold this month. Other Japanese brands such as Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Mazda and Subaru all experienced declines, with the latter dropping by 25.3%.

Further down the pack, Mercedes slipped from its sixth position in September to the eighth spot this month due to a 20.5% decline in sales, with just 940 cars being delivered compared to 1,183 the month prior. Meanwhile, BMW and Audi both saw an increase in sales of 20 and 10 units, respectively. However, Volkswagen experienced a severe decline in sales by 50%, 203 units down from the 406 cars sold in September.

In terms of year-to-date sales up to last month, Perodua continues to lead with 167,037 units, followed by Honda (71,466 units), Proton (57,731 units), Toyota (50,020 units), Nissan (32,852 units) and Mazda with 11,088 units. Two brands that managed to crack the five-digit YTD sales figure are Isuzu (10,275 units) and Mercedes with 10,134 units.

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