Honda Malaysia (HM) sold 51,354 vehicles in the first half of 2018, which translates to 17.7% share of the Malaysian auto market. This also means that the brand retains its top spot in the non-national segment, and overall number two spot behind perennial leaders Perodua.

In a statement, the company says that it is confident of achieving its 2018 full year sales target of 109,000 units “following the encouraging sales performance in the first half of this year.”

HM says that it received the highest number of bookings in its history in the month of June with 20,000 names collected. Of this, 36% was for the City, followed by the CR-V and Civic at 14% each. This is of course due to the 0% GST tax holiday combined with Raya festive promos. Waiting periods for certain models are now up to four months due to the unprecedented rush.

HM’s most popular model in H1 2018 was the City, with 15,400 units of the B-segment sedan sold for 30% of total sales. In second and third place are the HR-V and CR-V SUVs, which accounted for 16% and 13% of total sales respectively. HM says that the three models, plus the Jazz (B-segment hatchback), BR-V (MPV), Accord (D-segment sedan) and Civic (C-segment sedan) are all segment leaders in terms of sales.

In terms of new products, this year has been a quieter one so far compared to 2017. In February, HM introduced the facelifted Honda Odyssey MPV and the facelifted Honda HR-V is now open for booking ahead of a launch later in this quarter.

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