January 2021 Malaysian vehicle sales down by 52.3%

January 2021 Malaysian vehicle sales down by 52.3%

The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has released vehicle sales date for the month of January 2021. A total of 32,829 units were delivered last month, which was 36,007 units or 52.3% less than the 68,836 units sold in December 2020. The month’s sales were also 10,113 units – or 23.5% – lower than the corresponding period last year, in which 42,942 units were shifted.

The association attributed the sales performance drop in January to a number of reasons. The first was that traffic volume to showrooms had been impacted by the reimplemented movement control order (MCO) that began on January 13, this despite car showrooms being allowed to open during the period.

Another reason was that most sales had been brought forward to December ahead of the anticipated end to the SST on December 31 (which didn’t happen), resulting in lower stocks in January for some companies. The association also cited the shutdown of some parts suppliers’ operations due to Covid-19, which left some companies short on components as a result, as another reason for the sales dip.

The association is projecting that the sales volume in February will be lower than last month, due to the short working month. The flip-flop decision to first allow, then omit, vehicle production and component manufacturing at the start of the MCO, before then giving the green light again on January 16 for automotive assembly and manufacturing activities to resume will no doubt also have an impact on production.

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  • all the way up (not!) on Feb 22, 2021 at 1:28 pm

    Baby are you down down down down down

    Malaysia automotive industry: am I a joke to you?

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  • Amran on Feb 22, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Expected car sales to downslide, all car buyers long awaiting the facelifted Proton Fantastic four … Persona, exora, iriz and saga.

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    • Amtam Ketam on Feb 22, 2021 at 4:14 pm

      Waiting for what, just cancel and get a better Perodua. This is worth waiting even if longer

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  • dong gor on Feb 22, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    I will add another solid reason to the sales drop- The WFH trend since the pandemic. I got a full tank since 3 months ago and it’s still half full. Only used it to warm the engine/ charge batter. The cars are hardly used now, so keep the money until when things get better!

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    • Rakyat Malaysia on Feb 23, 2021 at 12:23 am

      Yeah us too. Syukur so much cuz we can save so much fuel now. Price go up so what, my tangki since last month still penuh for next month! Syukurrrr…..

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  • BMW G30 530i on Feb 22, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Not surprising, here are several reasons.

    1) So many people lost income earning while having responsibilities to pay like kids, house maintenance etc in corona times, no extra expense left to justify new car. People also sacred about what to eat tomorrow, obviously no new car lor.

    2) So many MCO, CMCO blah blah blah constantly changing how to plan to go out see car in dealership?

    3) Car prices in Malaysia is ridiculously expensive, easily the most expensive in the world for Malaysian salary. (New Proton X70= Rm70k-80k, Avg M’sian yearly earning= RM30k-60k)

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    • Totally agree with u bro..people’s priority:food,kids,bills,health,etc..so car is not in their list..atleast for now..

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    • Silthice on Feb 22, 2021 at 7:25 pm

      That’s why average Malaysians don’t go for X70?

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    • We really need a government that’s willing to take another look at the unfair excise duty policy and rework it to fit the modern world. More competition is better for our local car manufacturers, not the other way around. Protectionism is never good for consumers.

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    • Rakyat Malaysia on Feb 23, 2021 at 12:26 am

      But according to here our car prices now cheaper than Japan what. Syukur a bit woi!

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    • This
      Disagrees with you. Ironic that it comes from BMW.

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  • Cincalok 50 sents on Feb 22, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    No worries, guys. Malaysia economy is steady, healthy as bull. Our ministers can confirm this. So, keep shopping and buying gaya cars. BEsides, petrol still the cheapest in SEA.

    Keep motoring, guys.

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