Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) is set to launch several new cars in the second half of 2018 and 2019, with one of the these being the Kicks. The B-segment crossover is one of the models slated for introduction in Malaysia, according to a report by The Edge.

The report however did not indicate a timeline for the launch of the Kicks, which will go up against the likes of the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3 and upcoming Toyota C-HR. Other models due to be launched in the country are the Nissan Leaf, which has already been confirmed and is expected sometime in Q4 this year, as well as the new fifth-gen Serena Hybrid, due sooner. The MPV is also a potential carrier to introduce Nissan’s e-Power range extender tech here, but it sounds like that one is still some way away.

The new models will help inject some much needed excitement to ETCM’s model line-up, which has been soldiering on unchanged for a good while. However, they are not expected to be big on volume, at least not in numbers the Almera, Navara and X-Trail currently enjoy.

As such, based on data from analyst reports, the company is expected to maintain its current Malaysian total industry volume (TIV) market share of about five percent (it was seven percent in 2016). Sales for Tan Chong’s local group operations in the financial year 2017 went down by 32% from the previous year, to 28,640 units.

Individually, Nissan sales declined to 27,154 units (-33%), UD Trucks to 865 units (-11%), Renault to 592 units (-1%) and Infiniti to 29 units (-75%).

The dip in local performance has been cushioned by the better performance in its Indochina (Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam) operation, which saw higher car sales by 34% to 6,913 units.

The market saw a sales increase of 14% to 5,489 units, with the biggest growth coming from Laos with 384 units (+47%), Cambodia with 219 units (more than 100%) and Myanmar with 821 units (less than 100%). The uptrend there is thanks to strong reception for the Nissan Sunny and X-Trail.

The report added that the group is targeting to expand its Indochina operations, given the positive market volume growth and higher revenue contribution from the region.