UMW sells 36,358 vehicles last month

By TMR

THE UMW Group’s automotive sales surged by 63.8% to 36,358 units last month compared to 22,193 units sold in September 2021. 

Both UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) and UMW’s associate company, Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua), continue with their sales recovery following easing of the Full Movement Control Order (FMCO) restrictions, UMW noted in a statement yesterday. 

UMWT registered sales of 8,500 units last month, 5.8% higher than the 8,033 units sold in September 2021. 

Toyota Vios continues to be the marque’s best-selling model for October 2021, followed by Hilux and Yaris. 

“Year-to-date, UMWT sold 54,618 units, 24.7% higher than the 43,807 units registered in the corresponding period last year,” the group noted. 

In a move to diversify its offering in the electrified vehicle (EV) space, UMWT has officially started order-taking for the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid, its first locally assembled Toyota model with Hybrid Electric Technology earlier this month. 

To refresh its product line-up, UMWT has also recently announced order-taking for the new updated Toyota Hilux, Fortuner and Innova. 

Last month, Perodua registered monthly sales of 27,858 units, a recovery from the 14,160 units registered in September 2021. 

“Perodua Myvi was the best seller for the month, followed by Axia and Bezza. 

“In terms of production, last month also saw the highest number of vehicles ever produced within a month at 29,803 units,” said UMW. 

For the first ten months of the year, Perodua delivered a total of 146,951 units, 14.5% lower than the 171,861 units registered in the corresponding period of 2020, mainly due to the FMCO and partly the semiconductor chips shortage. 

“The group expects the automotive sales recovery to be sustained through November and December, supported by the introduction of new models and year-end promotions. 

“We are thankful to the government for the extension of the sales tax exemption as announced in the recent Budget 2022, which we believe will continue to hasten the recovery of the local automotive industry,” said UMW Holdings Bhd president and group CEO Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Kenali (picture). 

He added that the incentives proposed for EVs are expected to promote a greater adoption of EVs in the country.