Isuzu Malaysia’s sales grew 50% in May 2021, D-Max now No.2 behind Hilux

Hans · Jun 23, 2021 04:28 PM

Isuzu Malaysia’s sales grew 50% in May 2021, D-Max now No.2 behind Hilux 01

Masayuki Suzuki, COO of Light Commercial Vehicle, Isuzu Malaysia

It looks like Isuzu Malaysia has a winner on hand. Following its launch in April, the 2021 Isuzu D-Max has overtaken the Mitsubishi Triton to become the No.2 best-selling pick-up truck in Malaysia, behind the Toyota Hilux.

Isuzu Malaysia’s sales grew 50% in May 2021, D-Max now No.2 behind Hilux 02

For the month of May 2021, Isuzu Malaysia saw its total sales jumped from 667 units in April 2021, to 1,014 units. Of the total, 514 units were contributed by the D-Max, while the rest came from Isuzu lorries.

Pick-up sales in Malaysia, May 2021 (units)
Toyota Hilux 1,543
Isuzu D-Max 514 
Mitsubishi Triton 448
Nissan Navara 415
Ford Ranger 324

The Toyota Hilux however, is still holding firm onto its No.1 position, with 1,543 units sold. Ranking behind the second place D-Max (514 units) is the Mitsubishi Triton, with 448 units sold.

Pick-up sales in Malaysia, YTD Jan - May 2021 (units)
Toyota Hilux 9,764
Mitsubishi Triton 3,296
Ford Ranger 2,138
Isuzu D-Max 1,733
Nissan Navara 937

However, the Mitsubishi Triton still holds a strong No.2 position for total cumulative sales (January to May 2021 sales), with 3,298 units versus third place Ford Ranger’s 2,138 units, and Isuzu D-Max’s 1,733 units.

The previous D-Max was not a strong seller and many Isuzu dealers had already sold out their stocks by March so the gap is to be expected.

Isuzu Malaysia’s sales grew 50% in May 2021, D-Max now No.2 behind Hilux 01

The gap between it and Triton is still big, and Mitsubishi isn't sitting idle either. The tri-diamond badge has recently launched the Mitsubishi Triton Athelete in April, the same month Isuzu launched its D-Max.

Isuzu Malaysia’s sales grew 50% in May 2021, D-Max now No.2 behind Hilux 02

The Toyota Hilux however, is so far ahead that it sells over 4 times more than all its rivals combined sales, at 9,764 units.

However, sales will certainly drop again in June as all car dealers are closed during this MCO 3.0, and the ongoing chip supply shortage is affecting many manufacturers so it's hard to say who will stay on top in the coming months.

Imported from Thailand, prices for the Isuzu D-Max ranges from RM 88,599 for the 1.9-litre Single Cab variant, to RM 141,938 for the highest specifications 3.0-litre Double-Cab X-Terrain variant.

Isuzu Malaysia’s sales grew 50% in May 2021, D-Max now No.2 behind Hilux 03

The latter gets a comprehensive range of advanced driving assistance system (ADAS) features, including adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane departure warning (LDW), and autonomous emergency braking (AEB).

Isuzu Malaysia’s sales grew 50% in May 2021, D-Max now No.2 behind Hilux 04

The X-Terrain variant is also covered by a class-leading 7-year/unlimited mileage warranty. All other variants get a 5-year/150,000 km warranty.

Hans

Head of Content

Over 15 years of experience in automotive, from product planning, to market research, to print and digital media. Garages a 6-cylinder manual RWD but buses to work.

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