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2023 Malaysia passenger automobile gross sales knowledge by physique kind – SUV market share now almost 30%, MPV below 10%

2023 Malaysia passenger car sales data by body type – SUV market share now nearly 30%, MPV under 10%

Final week, we took a have a look at the car gross sales in Malaysia in 2023, damaged down by model. The overwhelming majority of these had been passenger automobiles, however there have been business autos on the checklist as properly. Now, we’re stripping away the pick-ups vehicles, lorries and vans to present you an thought of which physique types had been favoured by most automobile patrons final yr.

The entire passenger automobile gross sales determine of 719,160 models – versus 799,731 general – included 440,205 sedans, hatchbacks and different physique types (wagons, coupés, convertibles, all that enjoyable stuff). Almost 30% of the market share was taken up by the phenomenon that’s the SUV, with 213,128 offered final yr. This seems to be on the expense of MPVs, the market share of which dwindled to below 10% with simply 65,937 offered.

2023 Malaysia passenger car sales data by body type – SUV market share now nearly 30%, MPV under 10%

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As firms that promote solely passenger automobiles, Perodua and Proton’s gross sales stay unchanged at 330,325 and 150,975 models respectively. Maybe surprisingly for Proton, each nationwide carmakers nonetheless derive an amazing chunk of their figures from sedans and hatchbacks as a substitute of their more and more widespread SUVs – truthful sufficient, given the latter occupy the upper finish of the value ladder.

One factor of notice is that Proton not holds the lead for SUV gross sales – that title now belongs to its cross-town rival, which offered 56,868 models of the Ativa and Aruz in comparison with Proton’s 46,445 X50s, X70s and X90s. And whereas the Exora MPV was discontinued in 2023 with simply 4,473 models offered, Perodua delivered 37,776 models of the Alza to clients, contributing considerably to the corporate’s record-breaking efficiency.

Shorn of gross sales of the Hilux and Hiace, Toyota (with 75,337 automobiles offered) fell to fourth place within the standings behind Honda (with 80,027 automobiles offered), the latter claiming the non-national passenger automobile crown for the tenth consecutive yr. The H model eclipsed its largest competitor each by way of sedans/hatchbacks (44,213 vs 41,726) and SUVs (35,814 vs 27,698), though Toyota did promote 6,911 MPVs versus none for Honda.

However even Toyota couldn’t maintain a candle to new non-national MPV chief Mitsubishi, which derived nearly all of its 11,907 passenger automobile gross sales from the Xpander (the corporate offered only one SUV final yr, presumably an errant ASX). Forward of it was Mazda, which offered 18,935 passenger automobiles; Hiroshima is now predominantly an SUV model, promoting 16,947 of these issues versus simply 1,988 of every thing else.

Elsewhere, Nissan offered extra models of its Serena MPV (3,838) than it did the underrated Almera sedan and the electrical Leaf hatch (2,043), in addition to the X-Path SUV (2,043). Citing the rear was Hyundai, which offered 1,033 Staria and Starex MPVs versus a pitiful quantity of sedans (295) and SUVs (179).

Within the premium stakes, gross sales had been stacked much more closely in favour SUVs, led by BMW with 6,288 SUVs and 5,685 sedans, hatchbacks, coupés and convertibles offered final yr. Against this, Mercedes-Benz’s historically extra conservative patrons purchased extra automobiles (5,940) than SUVs (3,223), the previous narrowly beating Munich.

It should be stated that Stuttgart was the only outlier in its section; certainly, Volvo’s iconic sedans and wagons now make up lower than 10% of its general gross sales, whereas Lexus’ sedans and coupés accounted for 14% of its complete. Even renown sports activities automobile maker Porsche offered greater than twice as many Macan and Cayenne SUVs (1,040) because it did 718s, 911s, Panameras and Taycans (486).

At this juncture, we must always level out that the Malaysian Automotive Affiliation’s (MAA) breakdown of automobiles and SUVs appears a little bit suspect. As an illustration, BYD gross sales had been listed as being fully made up of SUVs, though the Dolphin is a hatchback. Its registration card additionally lists it as a “motokar” as a substitute of “jip”.

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