Car sales in Brunei rise 6.6pc

Azlan Othman

Car sales in the Sultanate were up by 6.6 per cent in the first 11 months of January-November 2019, according to statistics from the Asean Automotive Federation.

Around 10,949 cars were sold from January-November 2019, compared to 10,271 units within the period in 2018. August, by far, recorded the highest percentage increase with 19.8 per cent, compared to the same period in 2018.

This was followed by January with 17.7 per cent or 1,053 units sold, and November with 1,070 units sold or an increase of about 16.3 per cent, compared to the same month in 2018.

During the period, a total of 3,147,822 vehicles were sold in the ASEAN region, which is a three per cent decline from what was seen in 2018, where 3,234,560 units were recorded.

Indonesia contributed the bulk of the figure with 940,362 units delivered – the result is 12 per cent less than the 1,063,445 units recorded during the same period in 2018.

Coming in second place was Thailand with 918,267 units, which is only marginally less (-1 per cent) than in 2018 (928,158 units), while Malaysia occupied the third spot with 549,445 units, or 0.2 per cent down from the same period the year prior.

In terms of percentage increase, Myanmar recorded the highest with a 25.4 per cent rise, followed by Vietnam with a 13.6 per cent increase.

Only eight of the 10 ASEAN member countries – Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – are accounted for, with Cambodia and Laos not included.

Shifting the focus to production figures, 3,858,458 vehicles were produced during the January-November 2019 period, with Thailand at the top this time, producing 1,879,502 units (-6 per cent). This is followed by Indonesia with 1,188,078 units (-5 per cent) and Malaysia with 528,333 units (+1 per cent).

Both the Philippines and Myanmar recorded double-digit growth in terms of production, with the former notching up 87,864 units (+16 per cent). Myanmar’s production hike was more substantial at 29 per cent with 14,042 units.

Meanwhile, Vietnam experienced a decline of 13 per cent to 160,639 units in 2019, from 184,173 units in 2018. There is no local vehicle production present in Brunei and Singapore.