Now that the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has released vehicle sales data for the whole of 2018, it’s time to take a look at how the industry performed, and to identify the top players for the year that has passed.

Overall, the total industry volume for 2018 ended at 598,714 vehicles, which is an increase of 22,089 vehicles from the 576,625 units that was achieved in 2017. This improvement is likely attributed to the tax holiday period that car buyers enjoyed following the change of government in May.

During that time, the goods and services tax (GST) was revised from 6% to 0% from June 1, and remained that way for three months before the implementation of the sales and services tax (SST) on September 1, 2018.

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Focusing on individual brands, Perodua had a rather prosperous 2018, registering 227,243 vehicles compared to 204,887 vehicles in 2017. The national carmaker also managed to further increase its market share to 42.6% from 40.3%, meaning every two out of five passenger cars sold in Malaysia last year was a Perodua model.

Coming in second place is Honda with 102,282 units, which is a lower figure from the 109,511 units it recorded in 2017. Despite the drop (also in market share), Honda remains the top non-national car brand on the list.

Also sharing a similar predicament is third place Proton with a total volume and market share of 64,744 units and 12.1%, both lower figures than what it achieved in 2017.

Just like in 2017, Toyota remained fourth with 43,446 units (8.1% market share), which is a decline from 47,615 units (9.3% market share) previously. Rounding up the unchanged top five list is Nissan, which experienced a gain from 19,949 units (3.9% market share) in 2017 to 21,956 units (4.1% market share) in 2018.

Further down the list, Mazda climbed to sixth place in 2018 (15,765 units, 3% market share), pushing Mercedes-Benz (13,118 units, 2.5% market share) down into seventh place, followed by BMW (12,008 units, 2.3% market share) in eighth place. Both German luxury car brands had a good year in 2018, with gains in both total volume as well as market share.

Others that cracked the top 10 are Volkswagen (7,001 units, 1.3% market share) and Kia (5,658 units, 1.1% market share), both gaining in the number of vehicles sold and market share (unchanged in VW’s case).

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