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Brunei’s March car sales up 15.9 per cent month-on-month
CAR sales in March rose by 15.9 per cent from last month but the auto industry is expected to continue experiencing tough times with a 29.4 per cent sales drop on a year-on-year basis, according to the latest statistics from the Brunei Automobile Traders Association (BATA).
A total of 1,027 passenger and commercial vehicles were sold in March this year which is 428 units lower than sales posted the same month last year.
On a month-on-month basis, car sales in March 2016 increased by 141 units from 886 sold in the previous month.
An industry insider previously said weak car sales are expected to be sluggish the whole year with car dealers forced to ramp up sales by running promotions.
Cars in the 1,301-1,500cc category continue to be the bestselling models among buyers with 266 units sold.
This was followed by 153 units in the 1,501-1,600cc category. Cars in the 1,001-1,300cc category came third with sales of 141 units.
Toyota, a Japanese car brand distributed by NBT (Brunei), is the most popular brand in March with 175 passenger and commercial vehicles sold.
Another Japanese car brand, Suzuki, distributed by Boustead Sdn Bhd, sold 140 units while Korean car brand Kia, which is distributed by Grand Motors Sdn Bhd, managed to sell 132 units to take third spot in sales.
The Suzuki Swift was the bestselling car model in March 2016 with sales of 69 units followed by Kia Cerato 1.6L with sales of 45 units.
The Toyota Vios managed to take third spot in sales with 39 units.
In the luxury car segment, Mercedes Benz, distributed by Jati Transport Sdn Bhd, maintained its position as top selling luxury car from last month with sales of 20 units.
Lexus, which is distributed by NBT (B) Sdn Bhd, came second with sales of 15 units. This sales figure is shared with GM Chevrolet which is distributed by Daha Trading.
Chrysler, distributed by Daha Trading, came third in the luxury car segment with 11 units sold.
As of March 2016, a total 2,905 commercial and passenger vehicles have been sold. --The Brunei Times
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