As has been traditionally the case, February has never been an outstanding month for vehicle sales, and so it was again this year. The short working month and the Chinese New Year holiday period made for a slow month, with just 39,838 vehicles delivered, an 18% reduction (or 8,612 units) from January.

Here’s a quick breakdown on how most brands performed last month. Most brands saw lower numbers last month, including eight of the top 10. Market leader Perodua (-14.3%) as well as second-placed Honda (-20.2%) and third-placed Proton (-23.0%) all saw a drop in volume, as did the likes of Nissan (-44.8%) and Mazda (-56.6%).

Other companies that saw a drop in numbers were Mitsubishi (-42.0%), Volkswagen (-53.1%), Hyundai (-61.5%) and Renault (-69.8%). Among the few brands that had cause to cheer in February were Toyota (+49.7%) and BMW (+5.6%).

The latter was the only one having a strong showing in the premium segment – the soft month for Mercedes-Benz (-44.5%) sees it just ahead by a whisker in YTD volume terms, but there’s still a long way to go, of course. Elsewhere, it was also a softer month for Volvo (-11.9%).

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