Malaysian new-vehicle sales rose 12.5% in 2008 to 548,115 units but are expected to fall 12.4% to 480,000 this year. Last year’s result was the industry’s second-highest annual sales following the 552,316 vehicles delivered in 2005, the Malaysian Automotive Assn. reports. Passenger-car sales increased 12.3% to 497,459 units, while commercial-vehicle sales jumped 14.4% to 50,656. Car sales slipped 7.0% in December to 35,394 units, from 38,092 prior-year, while commercial-vehicle ...

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