After a very soft month in September, in which car sales plunged following the end of the tax holiday, things expectedly picked up in October as a result of stocks being replenished. The reintroduction of the sales and services tax (SST) didn’t really blunt vehicle purchasing, especially with CKD prices being lower than – or identical to – that with GST.

Sales in October totalled 47,273 units, an increase of 11,032 units or 35% over the 31,241 units recorded in September. Year-on-year, October’s numbers were a shade ahead of that managed during the corresponding month in 2017, being 232 units or 0.5% higher.

Here’s a quick breakdown of how most brands peformed in October. The swell in sales meant that there were plenty of gainers. Market leader Perodua topped that chart for the month, with a 106.2% increase. Second-placed Honda recorded a 46.0% increase, while third-placed Proton saw a relatively small 12.6% hike in sales for the month, with Toyota (+57.8%) and Nissan (+24.8%) rounding off things positively for the top five for the month.

Other gainers were Mazda (+37.4%) and Volkswagen (+50.8%), while brands that saw a drop included Ford (-15.7%), Peugeot (-12.7%) and Subaru (-34.0%).

In the premium segment, Mercedes saw a steep rise (+72.9%), but it ended just below BMW (-7.9%) for the month, while Volvo also had a positive October with a 26.4% gain. Elsewhere, things were not as rosy for MINI (-23.1%) and Lexus (-45.5%). Audi’s sales figures were not reported.

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