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Frost & Sullivan Maintains Malaysia's 2012 TIV Forecast at 612,000 units

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Frost & Sullivan Maintains Malaysia's 2012 TIV Forecast at 612,000 units PR Newswire KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 5, 2012 KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan is maintaining Malaysia's total vehicle sales forecast of 612,000 units for this year. Mr. Kavan Mukhtyar, Partner & Head of the Automotive & Transportation Practice, Asia Pacific at Frost & Sullivan said that Frost & Sullivan is maintaining its forecast as it is still achievable despite the stricter lending guidelines by Bank Negara Malaysia. He added that the stricter lending rules mostly impacted entry-level vehicles such as Perodua Viva and Proton Saga. "However, the impact is expected to be reduced as automakers step up marketing and sales campaigns such as giving higher discounts and implementing pre-screening approval process for hire purchase loans to entice consumers," he said. He added that the rejection rate for loan applications for new vehicles has reduced since May 2012 as dealers and banks are getting used to the stricter lending guidelines, and are working together to shorten the process and make it easier for consumers. Mr. Mukhtyar also said that hybrid cars will continue to be in demand due to attractive incentives given by the Government. He also expects the upcoming review of the National Automotive Policy to provide more incentives for hybrid cars.
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Frost & Sullivan Maintains Malaysia's 2012 TIV
Forecast at 612,000 units
PR Newswire
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 5, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
,
July 5, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Frost & Sullivan is
maintaining
Malaysia
's total vehicle sales forecast of 612,000 units for this year.
Mr. Kavan Mukhtyar, Partner & Head of the Automotive & Transportation
Practice,
Asia Pacific
at Frost & Sullivan said that Frost & Sullivan is maintaining
its forecast as it is still achievable despite the stricter lending guidelines by Bank
Negara Malaysia.
He added that the stricter lending rules mostly impacted entry-level vehicles
such as Perodua Viva and Proton Saga. "However, the impact is expected to be
reduced as automakers step up marketing and sales campaigns such as giving
higher discounts and implementing pre-screening approval process for hire
purchase loans to entice consumers," he said.
He added that the rejection rate for loan applications for new vehicles has
reduced since
May 2012
as dealers and banks are getting used to the stricter
lending guidelines, and are working together to shorten the process and make
it easier for consumers.
Mr. Mukhtyar also said that hybrid cars will continue to be in demand due to
attractive incentives given by the Government. He also expects the upcoming
review of the National Automotive Policy to provide more incentives for hybrid
cars.
He said that the D-segment (premium & large sedans) will be the fastest
growing segment, increasing 30 per cent year-on-year to 36,058 units in 2012,
driven by catch-up sales from the new Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, new
variant launches and high demand for luxury cars such as BMW and Mercedes
Benz.
Mr. Mukhtyar said that the C-segment (mid-sized sedans) is likely to grow 5 per
cent year-on-year to 234,482 units in 2012, making it the largest contributor to
the total vehicle sales in
Malaysia
, accounting for about 38.3 per cent.
He added that growth in the C-segment will be driven by new models such as
Proton Preve, Peugeot 408, Honda City FL, Honda Civic FMC and Volkswagen
Polo Sedan. "Increasing demand for hybrid vehicles such as Honda Insight FL
and Toyota Prius FL will also help to drive growth in the segment," said Mr.
Mukhtyar.
Sales for sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and 4x4 vehicles are likely to grow 11 per
cent year-on-year to 25,699 units due to back orders and recovery sales from
Honda CRV and growth in Kia Sportage and new models such as Mazda CX-5.
Mr. Mukhtyar said that the B-segment (small & compact cars) is likely to see a
nominal growth of 0.3 per cent year-on-year to 98,792 units in 2012 due to the
robust sales of the new 1.5L Perodua Myvi and introduction of hybrid cars such
as Toyota Prius C and Honda Jazz.
The A-segment will see a dip and is expected to decline 12 per cent year-on-
year to 57,376 units, mainly impacted by the stricter lending guidelines and lack
of new models. "Most consumers are likely to opt for B-segment vehicles