The first month of 2017 hasn’t been an encouraging one for the automotive industry, with sales volume decreasing by 31% from December 2016, mirroring the previous December 2015/January 2016 pattern.
Even so, January 2017 saw a slight gain with a total of 44,667 vehicles sold, compared to 44,589 in the same month last year. For a better insight on how each brand performed compared to the month prior, here’s the latest data from the Malaysian Automotive Association.
Leading the crowd is Perodua with 14,203 units sold, representing a 42.3% decrease from from December 2016. Meanwhile, Proton only suffered a 0.2% drop in sales, shifting 7,207 units in January compared to 7,223 in December 2016.
Moving on to the non-national makes, Honda remained comfortable in second place with 8,594 units, a 25% drop from the 11,461 units it sold in the last month of 2016. Other brands that saw a decrease in sales include Toyota (-20.9%), Nissan(-67.6%), Lexus (-64%) and Volvo (-82.4%).
On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz saw a 4.6% increase in vehicles sold, with 928 units, joined by Mazda with 804 units (+33.3%). Other gainers include Hyundai with 582 units (+93,4%), likely due to the introduction of the new Ioniq, and Volkswagen with 327 units (+58%).
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