February has traditionally been a weak month for vehicle sales in general – besides offering a shorter window of opportunity, that for 2018 also had Chinese New Year smack in the middle of it this year, and so the holiday period added to what turned out to be a sluggish month. With just 40,578 vehicles being registered, sales for the month dropped by 9% (or 3,997 units) compared to January.

Here’s a quick breakdown of how most brands performed last month. Nine of the top 10 registered lower sales numbers in February, a good indication of how things were. Brands that saw a drop in numbers included market leader Perodua (-3.1%), Honda (-14.0%), Proton (-19.4%), Nissan (-35.2%), Mazda (-22.0%), Hyundai (-34.1%) and Renault (-42.4%)

Not every company had cause to complain – of the top 10, Toyota was the only one to register an increase (+11.1%) in numbers last month compared to January, and Ford (+9.1%) and Kia (+19.9%) also managed to do very well.

It was also a soft month for premium segment leaders Mercedes (-0.4%) and BMW (-3.0%), along with Volvo (-10.1%), but there was a lot of cheer for Lexus, which saw sales climb by 110%, as well as Audi, which registered a 33.3% sales increase last month. Porsche also had a good February, with registrations climbing by 28.1%.

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