PETALING JAYA: Vehicle sales rose 31% in January
compared with a year earlier due to favourable market conditions,
according to Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) president Datuk
“Sales rose to 45,817 units in January this
year from 35,047 units last January,'' she said.
“This is a very good start to the year and
we expect the (positive) trend to spill over to February despite
it being a shorter month,” she at the launch of MAA's new
Aishah said salary increments, especially in the
public sector, the launch of new vehicle models and improved consumer
confidence were some of the factors that contributed to the rise
in sales in January.
The launch of new vehicle models and improved
consumer confidence would further boost car sales, she added.
On the impact of rising oil prices on local consumers,
International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz,
who launched the new office, said: “I do not think it would
stop people from buying cars. People who can afford cars would
have factored in petrol prices and would have ways to spend wisely.”
Rafidah said that any impact from rising oil prices
would also be cushioned by the Government.
“Because petrol prices are subsidised by
the Government, the impact should be both at the pump level and
at the consumer level.''