UMW automotive sales rise to 22,193 units

by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE UMW Group’s automotive sales rose to 22,193 units in September 2021 from 9,512 units sold in August 2021 as operations gradually normalised with the easing of the Full Movement Control Order (FMCO) restrictions starting Aug 16, 2021.

In a statement yesterday, the group stated that both UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) and its associate company Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) continue to ramp up production to fulfil outstanding delivery orders.

It said UMWT’s sales more than tripled to 8,033 units last month, from the 2,524 units registered in August 2021, taking year-to-date September 2021 sales to 46,118 units.

Meanwhile, Perodua registered sales of 14,160 units last month, more than doubling the 6,988 units sold in August 2021.

UMW said Perodua will continue its efforts to ramp up production to meet its customers’ demand due to the gradual resumption of the automotive supply chain.

It said Perodua sold 119,093 units in the first nine months of the year, lower 17.9% from the 145,012 units sold in the same period of 2020 mainly due to the FMCO and partly to the semiconductor chip shortage.

Perodua was able to obtain enough semiconductor chips to ensure production would continue for the rest of the year.

UMW Holdings Bhd president and group CEO Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Kenali said the demand for both UMWT and Perodua products and services remains strong, as evident from the healthy level of outstanding orders.

He said the group expects the automotive sales momentum to peak in the last quarter of the year, supported by the year-end promotions and the sales tax exemption.