Car sales rise by 5.5pc in first eight months

Azlan Othman

Brunei recorded a 5.5 per cent increase in car sales in the first eight months of this year, statistics from the Asean Automobile Federation revealed.

To date, some 7,931 cars have been sold from January to August 2019 compared to 7,521 units within the period last year with August by far recording the highest percentage increase with 19.8 per cent compared to the same period last year.

May recorded the biggest hike with 1,202 units sold followed by July with 1,065 and August with 1,054 units.

Elsewhere in ASEAN, Thailand sold the highest number of cars with 685,652, up by 4.2 per cent compared to the same period in the year before with 657,878 units. This was followed by Indonesia with 660,720 units, down by 13.4 per cent compared to the same period in 2018 where some 763,322 were sold and Malaysia with 398,335 cars sold, down by six per cent, compared to a total of 423,615 units last year.

In terms of percentage increase, Myanmar recorded the highest with a 25 per cent increase in the first eight months of this year selling 12,441 units, followed by Vietnam with a 19.5 per cent rise with 202,567 units sold.