The month of June 2018 saw a significant increase in the number of vehicles sold, with customers looking to take advantage of the “tax holiday” that we’re currently experiencing. You’ve already seen the figures for the number of vehicles sold by car companies, so let’s now take a look at how this has affected their overall performance at the mid-way point of the year with data compiled by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

In terms of overall total industry volume (TIV), the first half of 2018 saw a 1.85% growth with 289,714 units sold compared to 284,461 units during the same period last year. Unsurprisingly, Perodua remains at the very top with a market share of 40.4% for the first half of 2018, which is an improvement from the same period last year (35%). The national carmaker also sold 17.48% more cars in H1 2018, with 117,098 units compared to 99,675 units in H1 2017.

Coming in second place is Honda with a market share of 17.7% and 51,354 cars sold. While these figures are good enough for Honda to retain its position as the top non-national car brand, they pale in comparison to what it experienced in H1 2017 – 18.5% market share and 52,527 units sold.

Similarly, Toyota saw a decline in its market share from 11.9% in H1 2017 to 10.9%, while sales were down 5.97% from 33,727 to 31,709 units. Despite this, the big T occupied the third spot on the list, ahead of Proton that commanded just 9.4% of the market and sold 27,106 cars (down 31.19% compared to H1 2017) – it was previously third during Q1 2018.

Other Japanese makes that saw a decline in market share and total sales include Nissan (4.1% from 4.8%) and Isuzu (1.6% from 1.9%), with Mazda and Mitsubishi both gaining ground in both regards. Subaru held on to its 0.8% market share, with a slight gain in sales to 2,318 units (+1.18%), but finished behind Volkswagen (1.2% market share and 3,344 units sold) and Ford (0.8% market share and 3,072 units sold).

Over in the premium market, Mercedes-Benz sold more cars in H1 2018 (6,950 units) compared to the same period last year (6,034 units), which enabled it to secure 2.4% of the market. With a market share of 1.8%, BMW also had an encouraging H1 2018 with 5,340 cars sold compared to 4,816 cars in H1 2017. Notable brands on the list like Kia, Peugeot, Volvo, MINI, Lexus and Renault all experienced higher sales figure in H1 2018 compared to H1 2017, although their market shares didn’t grow by a huge margin.

For a detailed overview of car brands’ market share, click on the chart below to view a larger version.