Stubborn Figures for Car Sales Show Market Still Struggling to Gain Traction


After a sluggish summer with the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) continuing to affect the industry, the latest figures from the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) show a weakened August and a decline in year-on-year sales compared to 2020.

Market Sees External Factors Bite 

The market has seen a sizable slump in the year-on-year figures for August, with car sales reaching only 15,064 against 48,598 in August of the previous year. In a more balanced context, the 243,851 cars sold so far this year reflects a small drop from the 259,723 carssold by this time last year. 

Production has also dropped by nearly 75%, compared to August 2020. With figures of just 12,897 compared to August 2020’s healthier 47,913, the market is seeing the effect of numerous MCOs crippling the market. With the year-to-date sales, however, production is just a mere 4% lower, with 2021’s 239,065 against 2020’s 249,915.

Overall, the figures are still far more than last month, which in turn were a great improvement on July 2021’s figures. With showrooms able to operate in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur from 13 August, this leads to a rosier picture for the following month. The MAA predict that businesses in the automotive sector will be able to continue at a certain level, while car companies will make a continuing push to boost sale and generate revenue. The MAA, however, acknowledge that the shortage of car chips will no doubt continue to hurt the market.

About the author

Adrian, located in Madrid, is joining the editorial team as a correspondent for the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group. Before starting in 2020 for The Tyreman, Adrian graduated with an English degree before working within marketing and recruitment in the non-profit sector. Recently he changed direction, undertaking a course in Marketing and International Business as a means towards moving into the journalism field, which he counts as his lifelong ambition.


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