by NUR HANANI AZMAN / pic by TMR
PERUSAHAAN Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) is targeting to sell at least 240,000 vehicles in 2022 which is about 40,000 units or 20% more from the 200,000 units it expects to register in 2021.
Perodua president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said the 240,000 figure is a preliminary estimate and a more accurate forecast will be shared in late January 2022.
“We believe the worst is behind us in terms of Covid-19 related lockdowns and while there are other risks in the market, we foresee the year 2022 as a year of recovery,” he stated in a release recently.
Based on current information and forecasts, Perodua expects to hit the 240,000 registration target next year as the market stabilises and the waiting period for delivery is reduced significantly.
Zainal Abidin expects demand for vehicles could peak in the first six months of 2022 as people will want to benefit from the sales tax exemption incentive by the government while the second half would see demand slowing.
“The 240,000 registration number is important as we want to grow the Malaysian automotive ecosystem.
“With this growth, we expect the auto component purchase to be back to around RM6.5 billion for next year,” he added.
Perodua targets to deliver 30,000 units by the end of the month with over 200,000 units sold for 2021.
There was a slightly lower delivery of 20,299 units last month as intermittent disruption had impacted production.
“We are working with the automotive ecosystem to overcome issues such as rising Covid-19 cases as well as the semiconductor chip supply shortage, and with countermeasures in place, we see December 2021 as our best month yet,” he said.
On a month-to-month comparison, Perodua sales in November decreased by 27.1% from 27,858 units registered in October 2021 which was the highest sales month in Perodua’s history so far.
On the New Myvi, which was launched on Nov 18, 2021, Zainal said the company has accumulated 14,600 orders as of Dec 2, 2021.
“November was slightly slower in terms of registration for the Myvi as there was a delivery gap for that model as we waited for the latest variant to launch. In fact, of the 14,600 units booked, 7,189 orders were converted from the previous variants,” he explained.
Perodua registered 42,288 Myvi units between January and November this year.
For overall sales, Perodua registered 167,250 units between January and November which is a reduction of 14.2% compared to 194,980 units registered in the same period last year.