The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has released sales and production figures for the month of April 2018, and overall numbers for both built and retail were down compared to the month of March.

In April, a total of 47,089 vehicles were registered, down by 2,896 units or 5.79% from that managed in March. The association attributed the dip to consumers having adopted a wait-and-see attitude in response to the 14th general election in early May.

Sales were however up compared to the same period last year, an improvement of 4,343 units or 10.16% over April 2017, when 42,746 units were shifted. In terms of year-to-date numbers, that stands at 182,229 units as of the end of April, lower by 0.74% than the 183,586 vehicles managed last year.

For May, the association is expecting sales volume to increase a fair bit due to new, cheaper vehicle prices being announced following the government’s decision to zero rate the goods and services tax (GST). It added that Hari Raya festive season promotional campaigns will also add to improved sales.