Auto sales go down by 4.8pc in Brunei

|     Azlan Othman     |

THERE has been a drop of 4.8 per cent in sales of vehicles in Brunei Darussalam from January to September last year, according to the latest data from the ASEAN Automotive Federation (AAF).

The nation reported sales of 8,389 vehicles in the first three quarters of 2018 – 401 less than within the same period in 2017.

The month of June recorded the lowest auto sales with only 978 cars sold, a dip of 26.4 per cent compared to the same period in 2017.

Of the eight ASEAN member countries that submit data to the region’s vehicle industry group, three recorded lower deliveries in the first nine months of 2018 compared to the same period of the previous year.

The Philippines and Singapore experienced decreases of 13.8 per cent and 16.8 per cent in car sales respectively. In contrast, vehicle deliveries in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam have risen. No data on Cambodia and Laos, the two other ASEAN member countries, was supplied by the AAF.

The Philippines notched 261,161 deliveries, which is 41,698 vehicles short of its nine-month tally in 2017. Singapore’s total was 70,105 vehicles, down by 14,124 units.

Myanmar posted the fastest vehicle-sales growth in ASEAN: A 120.1 per cent spike in the first three quarters of 2018 compared to the same stretch in 2017, or 11,815 vehicles last year against 5,369 vehicles the year ago.

Leading the pack was Indonesia, with 856,439 vehicles delivered during the nine-month period in 2018. The total represents a 6.5 per cent rise from the 803,812 vehicles sold during the same period in 2017.

Vehicle sales in Thailand in the same nine months of 2018 totalled 746,584 units, a 20.3 per cent jump from the figure during the same period a year before, ie 620,715 units.

Malaysia registered deliveries of 454,971 vehicles, 6.9 per cent more than the 425,678 vehicles sold in the first three quarters of 2017. In Vietnam, 194,427 vehicles were sold during the duration in 2018, a 5.2 per cent increase from the 184,838 units tally in the same period in 2017.

Across the eight ASEAN member countries, vehicle sales reached 2,603,871 units from January to September 2018, eclipsing the 2,436,300 figure for the same stretch in 2017 – a growth of 6.9 per cent.