Malaysian new-vehicle sales declined 11.0% to 490,768 units in 2006, and the Malaysian Automotive Assn. does not anticipate a major recovery this year. Passenger-car sales totaled 366,738 units last year, down 12.0% from 2005’s 416,692. Troubled national auto maker Proton Holdings Bhd saw its share of the new-car segment drop to 32% from prior-year’s 40%. Domestic rival Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) overtook Proton to capture 42% of the segment. Perodua’s new-car sales ...

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