Malaysian vehicle sales data for April 2020 by brand

As reported earlier, the month of April saw what was the

worst performing month ever
in terms of new vehicle sales, with
the country right in the thick of the fight against Covid-19 with
movement control order (MCO)

According to data from the Malaysian Automotive Association
(MAA), just 141 cars were shifted in April. This represents a drop
of 22,337 units or a 99.37% decrease from the
22,478 units in March
, which was already 44% lower than the
February total.

How then was it possible that 131 passenger vehicles and 10
commercial vehicle registrations were carried out during a period
where all car showrooms nationwide were shuttered and road
transport department (JPJ)
offices remained closed
? According to industry sources, with
new vehicles not needing Puspakom inspection, all that was needed
was registration, and it remained possible to do so online during
the MCO period.

The sources said that in many of these instances, the
registrations that were carried out were for vehicle purchases in
which car loans had already been approved pre-MCO and a Letter of
Undertaking (LoU) had already been issued, and the completion of
the registration was so there would be no lapse in the agreement,
which would entail needing to go through the whole process

However, the registered vehicles would not have physical
documentation or road tax, and with no PDI and facilities closed,
owners would have had no avenue to collect the vehicles, making
them mere statistics in the system.

Specifics-wise, only 10 brands had anything to shout about in a
month completely full of red arrows, and market leader Perodua
again led the way with 57 units, which was a massive drop from the
8,601 units
it did the month before
. Honda, which is third in the overall
standings this year, was the second best performer last month,
achieving 27 units.

It was followed by Proton, which managed 22 units, and Toyota,
which recorded 13 units for the month. The fifth-best performer for
the month was Nissan, which racked up eight units, while Mitsubishi
chipped into the grand total with six units.

The best performing European brand was Volkswagen, its five
units clearly outstripping Peugeot and Volvo, which each recorded
one unit. Rounding off the list is Hyundai, which also achieved one
unit, which was still better than everyone else on the list. If
there’s any consolation to this tale of woe, it’s that May must
surely be a better month.

Click to enlarge.

The post
Malaysian vehicle sales data for April 2020 by brand
first on Paul Tan’s Automotive

Source: FS – Cars 1
Malaysian vehicle sales data for April 2020 by brand