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Brunei car sales up 1.9% in August

BRUNEI cars sales rise by 1.9 per cent in August from the previous month, according to the latest statistics from the Brunei Automobile Traders Association (BATA) as four-wheel drive vehicles maintained its sales momentum in the last three months.

BATA said a total of 1,079 passenger and commercial vehicles were sold in August compared with 1,059 in the previous month.

On a year-on-year basis, car sales rose by 7.4 per cent from 1,005 units in August 2015. As of August 2016, a total of 8,539 units have been sold.

Cars in the 1,301-1,500cc category are the most popular among buyers in August 2016 with 328 units sold. Cars in the 1,001-1,300cc category took second spot in sales with 144 units.

Four-wheel drive vehicles in the 1,000-2,000cc category took third spot with sales of 127 units.

Although sales of vehicles in four-wheel drive category are lower compared with the previous month, an industry source said these vehicles remain attractive for buyers owing to their price points.

“Customers see the new SUV models as good value for money,” he said.

Japanese car brand Toyota, distributed by NBT (Brunei), remains a top seller with sales of 214 passenger and commercial vehicles. This is followed by Korean brand Hyundai, distributed by Setia Motors Sdn Bhd, with 158 units while Korean brand Kia, which is distributed by Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, sold 117 units.

Toyota Vios, a popular choice among many buyers, reclaimed the top spot from last month with 63 units sold followed by the Suzuki Swift with 54 units sold. The Kia Cerato took third spot with 52 units sold.

For the luxury car segment, Mercedes Benz, distributed by Jati Transport Sdn Bhd, continued to lead sales in August by selling 41 units. This is followed by GM Chevrolet, distributed by Daha Trading, with 25 units sold and BMW, distributed by QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, with 22 units sold.

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