Malaysian new-vehicle sales in the year’s first half slid 9.7% to 251,092, from prior-year’s 277,973, but the good news is the decline was less than the 12.4% drop originally forecast. Passenger cars through June accounted for 228,200 units, down from like-2008’s 254,252, while commercial-vehicles dipped slightly to 22,892, from year-ago’s 23,721, the Malaysian Automotive Assn. says in a statement. Malaysia's total industry volume in the period was one of the highest among the ...

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