Malaysia auto sales up 10.3% to 366,037 units in 1H 2023 – full-year forecast revised up from 650k to 725k

Malaysia auto sales up 10.3% to 366,037 units in 1H 2023 – full-year forecast revised up from 650k to 725k

Auto sales in Malaysia for the first half of 2023 grew 10.3% year-on-year to 366,037 units. This means that the new vehicle market has not only returned to pre-pandemic levels, but is actually higher than before. This rosy 1H2023 total industry volume (TIV) is on the back of 2022’s all-time record sales of 720,658 units.

The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), which held a press briefing today, attributed the strong first half performance to the fulfilment of bookings received during the Penjana sales tax exemption period last year, the bulk of which were registered before March 31. A fair number of these bookings were also carried over and registered from April to June.

The robust sales were driven mainly my national makes. In 1H2023, market leader Perodua and second placed Proton sold a combined 220,702 units, a 19% year-on-year increase. In contrast, non-national makes sales of passenger vehicles dropped 3% to 105,959 units. This means that currently, P1/P2 take up around 68% of the total passenger vehicle market, which is 5% higher compared to the same period last year.

Malaysia auto sales up 10.3% to 366,037 units in 1H 2023 – full-year forecast revised up from 650k to 725k

Penjana aside, the auto club says that the resilient domestic economy (GDP expanded by 5.6% in the Q1 2023), new model launches, competitive prices and improved industry supply chain environment also contributed to the elevated TIV. Total production also rose in tandem with sales – up 44,602 units or 14% y-o-y to reach 362,535 units.

With things looking good, MAA has decided to revise upwards its full year 2023 TIV forecast to 725,000 units. This is a hefty 75,000 unit increase from the previous 2023 forecast of 650,000 units that was announced in January. If the 725k target is met, it will beat last year’s all-time high.

Among the reasons cited for the TIV forecast increase are Malaysia’s stable economic outlook (GDP expected to expand 4-5% for full year 2023, driven by domestic demand), new model launches, MAA members’ continuation of aggressive promotional strategies and value-added services, further improvement in the auto industry supply chain environment, and Bank Negara’s decision to maintain OPR at 3% at its recent MPC meeting.

Malaysia auto sales up 10.3% to 366,037 units in 1H 2023 – full-year forecast revised up from 650k to 725k

On the other hand, the softening of consumer spending in the rest of 2023, weighed down by worries over rising cost of living, and the weakening of the Ringgit against major foreign currencies are possible dampening factors. Uncertainties about the domestic and global economic environment might also play a part in auto sales.

At the event, MAA’s new president Mohd Shamsor Mohd Zain also announced that the KL International Motor Show (KLIMS) will make a return next year, with the exact dates to be confirmed later.

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • Rakyat Malaysia on Jul 20, 2023 at 6:57 pm

    The rakyat have full confidence in our government. With the combination of PH and BN, PM Anwar is bringing our country to first world standards. Hebat la!

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  • Ahlokekor Anwarkor Hamidikor(AAH........) on Jul 20, 2023 at 7:53 pm

    Combined with used car sales…we add 1 juta cars to our road system.
    No wonder,it takes quite long to move from A to B.
    Look at the horrific Kajang to KL/PJ crawl daily,even with contra lane.
    As usual,from Wee Wee to Look Look,the answer is “kami sedang memantau”…from Mamak,Moo Moo,LowYatt 2.0 to Anwarkor…

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    • that's what public transport is for on Jul 22, 2023 at 12:19 am

      gov builds lrt mrt you call it as “memantau”?

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  • AutoFrenz (the original) on Jul 20, 2023 at 8:03 pm

    i tot people say now no money wor…. they say Pakatan no good….but so many people buy new cars….economy is good

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  • so, what does this say about the gomen’s push for more public transport usage? build all the MRT 1,2,3… and so on for billions but private car sales go higher and higher every year!

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    • Fordist on Jul 20, 2023 at 8:22 pm

      Malaysia is not friendly for pedestrians and public transport. No thanks to the morons in BN who built our cities that way in the 60 years they ruled the country.

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  • Winner Ong on Jul 21, 2023 at 9:41 am

    If you not drive luxury car like me don’t park beside my BMW and Range Rover ok see my number plat 68 you know it is me. My nombor plat also more money than your rubbish car. Good luck find money don’t be personal ok

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    • whocares on Jul 22, 2023 at 6:26 pm

      who give a fark whether you are rich, datuk or tan sri…..nobody gives a fark…only lap dogs give a fark

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  • fullofdebts on Jul 22, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    economy nowdays are generated by debts…household debts…getting more and more debts……pay until death …house debts, car debts, lifestyle debts…good luck…

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