With the start of a new year comes the end of an old one, and the automotive industry rounded off 2018 with a whimper than a bang, sales wise. According to data from the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), vehicle sales for December stood at 48,188 units, down 0.2% on the 48,282 registered in November.

This figure was also 12% lower than the same month the year before, during which 54,719 vehicles found homes. Even so, car companies managed to close the year on a high note with a total industry volume (TIV) of 598,714 units, a strong 3.83% increase on the 576,625 vehicles sold in 2017.

December was not a particularly strong month for Perodua, however, with the market leader posting a 12.8% decline in sales to 18,402 units, a drop of 2,708 units – though that wasn’t even remotely enough to trouble its status at the top. The closest competitor, Honda, mustered a 13% jump to 8,021 units, up 921 units.

Proton also enjoyed a fruitful month, recording an impressive 16.1% increase to 5,598 units, up from 4,820 in November – despite the national carmaker’s long-awaited X70 SUV only having been launched in the middle of the month. Meanwhile, Toyota sold 475 more vehicles than the month before, with 4,310 units to its name, while Nissan saw a 14.5% jump to 2,870 vehicles.

On the premium end, Mercedes-Benz sold 1,156 vehicles in December, up 12.4% and making it the eighth top-selling brand in Malaysia. Following closely behind is BMW with 1,017 units, registering a 5.8% drop. Elsewhere, it’s been a good month for Renault (+287.1% to 155 units), Isuzu (+55.7% to 1,221 units) and Subaru (+23% to 294 units).

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