New vehicle sales in Malaysia increased 2.6% to 53,654 units in September, compared with 52,297 units a year earlier, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).

Passenger vehicles sales rose by 2.3% to 47,493 units while commercial vehicle sales were slightly stronger with volumes rising by 5.2% to 6,161 units. 

In the first 10 months of the year, total vehicle sales were flat at 503,898 units, compared with 505,546 units in the same period of 2010. Passenger vehicle sales were slightly weaker over this period, by 1% at 450,169 units, while commercial vehicle sales were 5.7% higher at 53,729 units.

Vehicle output in October was down 5.1% at 49,984 units in October.

The association expects overall sales to dip in November due to inventory shortages, with the floods in Thailand holding back production and shipments of CKD kits, CBU vehicles and parts.