The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has released sales and production figures for the month of April 2019, and the strong sales performance in March could not be replicated last month.

A total of 49,964 vehicles were delivered in April, a drop of 4,812 units or 8.78% less from the 54,776 vehicles recorded in March. This was however better than that managed in April 2018, with an increase of 2,917 units or a 6.2% improvement over the 47,047 units sold then.

The year-to-date total industry volume (TIV) sales numbers for the first four months of the year stands at 193,028 units, which is 5.97% or 10,871 units higher than the 182,157 units managed during the same period (January-April) in 2018.

According to the association, the reason for the higher sales in March was due to the rush for deliveries by car companies having their financial year ending on March 31. It also said that things were softer in April because consumers were waiting for Hari Raya festive season promotions. As such, it expects the May volume to be higher now that promotional campaigns are underway.