Malaysia vehicle sales down 4% in 2021, which car was the best-selling model?
Eric · Feb 7, 2022 12:59 PM
Up till a couple of years ago, it was perfectly fine for the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) to publish sales breakdown by model, but the newly-enforced Competition Act 2010 forbids MAA from doing so, claiming that it prevents cartel-like behaviour among car manufacturers.
As such, some brands like Mercedes-Benz no longer share such data, while BMW only share on a quarterly basis. The list of best-selling models in Malaysia is no longer publicly available, at least not from MAA, but this the next best available reference.
Below is a list of best-selling models, compiled based on best-effort basis from various sources. Where possible, official data from manufacturer will be used.
Last year, the Perodua Myvi dethroned the Axia and Bezza to claim the title as the best-selling car in Malaysia, with 47,525 units sold. Trailing in second place is the Perodua Axia, which saw 43,080 units sold.
Although Proton lost the affordable sedan sales crown to the Bezza, they can rest easy knowing that the Proton X50 is the best-selling SUV in Malaysia, with 28,775 units sold. In the process, the X50 leads the Perodua Ativa by 1,928 units.
The Proton X70 is Proton next best-selling model, with 16,375 units finding new homes in 2021.
As for the best-selling non-national model, that award goes to the Toyota Vios. Although Toyota did not reveal actual sales data of the Vios and Yaris, sales data compiled by Car Industry Analysis estimated that a combined total of 38k units of the Vios and Yaris were sold last year.
The Toyota Vios and its hatchback sibling are also the best-selling non-national cars in 2021.
Rounding off the top-10 list is the Toyota Hilux, which is the best-selling pick-up truck in Malaysia. In an earlier article, we estimated that Toyota sold an estimated of 19k units of the Hilux in 2021.
Overall, Malaysia’s total industry volume (TIV) stood at 508,911 units in 2021, the lowest in 14 years. All’s not lost though, as MAA has set a TIV target of 600k units for 2022, buoyed by the continuation of the sales tax exemption.