Looks like UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) is the first to react to the government’s move to increase excise duty on budget MPVs by 5%, reported last week. According to sales advisors, prices of affected Toyota seven-seaters – namely the Avanza, Rush and Sienta – have gone up by up to RM6,000. At the time of writing, listed prices on the official website have not changed, but the new prices are final, SAs from different dealerships confirm.

Here’s the new deal. The Avanza 1.3E MT sees a RM3,700 increase in price to RM75,980 (from RM72,280), the 1.5E AT is up RM4,010 to RM82,980 (from RM78,970), the 1.5G AT is up RM3,310 to RM84,980 (from RM81,670) and the top spec Avanza 1.5S AT is up RM4,000 to RM87,980, from RM83,980. The range of increase for the Avanza is from RM3,310 to RM4,010.

For the Rush, which is styled like an SUV but based on the Avanza, the price hike quantum is from RM4,990 to RM6,010. The base Rush 1.5G MT sees an increase of RM4,990 from RM104,910 to RM109,900, the 1.5G AT sees an increase of RM6,010 from RM106,900 to RM112,910, while the top Rush 1.5S AT is now priced at RM115,900, up RM6k from RM109,900.

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The freshest and most sophisticated of the trio is the Sienta, which was launched here last year. The base 1.5G variant is now priced at RM96,900, up RM4k from RM92,900. The top 1.5V, previously priced to duck in just below RM100k at RM99,900, is now priced at RM103,900 after a similar RM4k jump. All prices quoted are on-the-road with insurance.

The other budget seven-seaters affected by the “Excise Duties Order 2017” effective April 1 are the Perodua Alza, Proton Ertiga and hot-selling Honda BR-V, which shook up the segment this year, possibly triggering the recent move by Customs. Note that even with the five percentage point increase, the 65% excise duty for MPVs is still lower than the 75% for sedans.

We’ve checked with the three other companies concerned, and their prices remain, for now. None of the affected distributors have released official statements at the time of writing.