Perodua’s October sales and production hit a new record

by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / pic by TMR FILE

PERUSAHAAN Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) had a record-breaking October with 27,858 vehicles sold and 29,803 vehicles produced in the month.

Perodua stated the new record comes on the back of improved production and deliveries to customers and the country’s largest automaker aims to deliver as many vehicles as possible in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The October sales figure represents a 90.67% increase over the 14,160 units sold in September.

Perodua president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad (picture) said the company is now working to further improve production levels.

Of the 27,858 Perodua vehicles registered, 8,761 were Myvis, 5,973 were Axias, 5,257 Bezzas, 3,973 Ativas, 2,553 Alzas and 1,341 Aruz units.

On the year-to-date perspective, Perodua sold 146,951 vehicles from January to October 2021, 14.5% lower than the 171,861 sold in the same period in 2020.

Zainal Abidin said the production numbers for October were beyond the car maker’s current production capacity with its staff able to boost their productivity levels with the same level of quality without new people, equipment or machinery.

Zainal Abidin noted the recently-announced extension of the sales tax exemption by the government in Budget 2022 for another six months of next year is most welcomed as it will allow the automotive ecosystem more room to recover from the recent lockdown as well as catch up with demand.

“The extension of the sales tax exemption will also benefit everyone, from consumers to original equipment manufacturers to suppliers who are also affected by the global semi-conductor supply shortage,” he stated in a release yesterday.