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September Motor Vehicle Sales Drop To 47,771 Units

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KUALA LUMPUR – Anticipation of the Perodua Axia and Proton Iriz launches affected bookings for other models, dampening vehicle sales for September to 47,771 units against 54,945 units in the same month last year, said the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

It said both the passenger and commercial segments recorded lower sales in September with volume for the former dropping to 41,397 units from 48,411 units in the same month last year while volume for the latter declined to 6,374 units from 6,534 units previously.

Year-to-date, the association pointed out that total industry volume sales was 4,335 units, or one per cent higher, at 492,305 units against 487,970 units in the same period last year.

The output of both commercial and passenger vehicles last month decreased to 49,479 units from 54,017 units recorded in September last year, MAA said.

The output for both the passenger and commercial segments declined in September with the former seeing a decrease to 45,620 units from 48,932 units in the same month last year while volume for the latter dropped to 3,859 units from 5,085 units previously.

On outlook, MAA said sales volume for October is expected to be better than for August with the delivery of the Perdoua Axia and Proton Iriz although consumers are expected to continue to face stricter loan requirements. – Bernama

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