The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has released sales and production figures for the month of February 2019, and no surprise to see that sales were down from that achieved in January.

A total of 39,838 vehicles were delivered in February, which is 8,612 units or 18% less than the 48,450 units managed in January. The numbers for the month were also lower than the corresponding period in 2018, although not by much.

However, the total industry volume (TIV) for the first two months of the year has a higher year-to-date figure than that of 2018, at 88,288 units compared to the previous year’s 85,123 units.

According to the association, the lower sales figure was due to the short working month brought about by the Chinese New Year festive holiday period. The projection for March is expected to be better, with a longer working month and an expected rush for deliveries by auto companies having their financial year ending on March 31.