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NEW UPDATES Asean Affairs  13 July 2015  

June car sales rise by 12.4 per cent

CAR sales rose by 12.4 per cent in June 2015 compared to the previous month making it the first double-digit percentage rate increase since March, the Brunei Automotive Trade Association (BATA) said in its latest report.

A total of 1,334 passenger and commercial vehicles were sold in June. This is 147 more than the 1,187 cars sold in May.

According to previous statistics from BATA, the market has been experiencing dwindling sales on a month-on-month comparison since January 2015. The exception was in the month March which saw a 20 per cent increase from February.

In June, Japanese car brand Toyota, distributed by NBT (Brunei), continued to dominate overall car sales with 240 units sold. This is 15 units more than the 225 cars sold in the previous month.

Another Japanese brand, Suzuki, distributed by Boustead Sdn Bhd, sold 188 units. It took the second spot over Korean brand, Kia, which sold 176 units under the distributorship of Grand Motors Sdn Bhd in June.

Passenger cars in the 1,301-1,500 cc category proved to be the top selling units again with 325 units sold. This was followed by vehicles in the 1,501-1.600 cc category with 182 units sold. Sales of cars in the 1,001-1,300 cc category fell to third from last month with 157 units sold.

In terms of car model, the Toyota Vios stayed on top with sales of 84 units, an increase of 11 units from May. Meanwhile, the Kia Cerato took second place with sales of 51 units followed by Hyundai Accent 1.4L, which is distributed by Setia Motors Sdn Bhd, with 46 units.

For the luxury car segment, Mercedes, distributed by Jati Transport Sdn Bhd, was the bestselling car with sales of 28 units. This was followed by Lexus, by NBT (Brunei), which managed sales of 20 units.

Sales for BMW, distributed by QAF Auto Sdn Bhd, fell further with sales of 11 units compared to 14 units in May and 48 units in April.

BATA said that the total sales for 2015 for both passenger and commercial vehicles amounted to 7,884 vehicles as of June this year.

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