Malaysia’s new-vehicle sales fell for the first time this year, down 9.5% to 46,045 units, blamed largely on the effect of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in March. The Malaysian Automotive Assn. says in a statement consumer demand remains strong, but deliveries suffered due to a shortfall in production as a result of a shortage of car parts from Japan. The government’s Bernama news agency quotes the MAA as saying sales for the year’s first five months still grew 3.4% to 255,247 ...

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