Perodua’s sales rose 11.5% to 22,940 units in December

On an annual basis, the carmaker registered 190,291 vehicles in 2021, falling by 29.8% 


THE Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd’s (Perodua) sales rose by 13% to 22,940 units last month from 20,299 vehicles sold in November 2021 as its countermeasures on intermittent supply chain disruption due to Covid-19 began to see positive results. 

On an annual basis, Perodua registered 190,291 vehicles in 2021, falling by 13.6% from 220,154 units sold in 2020 due to the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns, the semiconductor chip supply disruption and the recent floods adversely impacted production. 

“The 190,291 registrations were below our target of 200,000 units for 2021 as the challenges in 2021 was greater than anticipated,” Perodua president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said. 

He added that Myvi continues to lead the overall Malaysian car market in terms of sales by model with 47,525 units followed by the Axia and Bezza dominating the country’s A-segment market. 

In an industry overview, Zainal said the total industry volume (TIV) for 2021 could decrease by 23.6% to 504,536 units from 528,172 units sold in 2020.

“Despite the lower than expected performance for 2021, our countermeasures for the impact of Covid19 has proven successful so far as we and our suppliers are dynamically cooperating and coordinating our efforts to ensure interruptions are minimised,” he said in a press release yesterday. 

These efforts include having a ready team of personnel to take active countermeasures at an alternate site if a supplier is under lockdown and also by allocating Perodua staff to shore up any suppliers that need temporary manpower replacements, Zainal noted. 

He added that the order bank for Perodua vehicles remains healthy as consumers are still responding positively to the sales tax exemption introduced by the government. 

“In December, we forecast a 240,000 sales target for 2022, however, we will likely review that figure later this month as we are taking into account the latest developments and events into consideration,” he said. 

Zainal said about 1,675 people have responded to the Perodua Flood Assistance programme and the affected vehicles are being inspected at Perodua service centres across the country. 

“Our priority now is to work with the insurance companies as well as our other partners to hasten any approval process needed to repair and restore the flood damaged vehicles. 

“We understand that most of our customers rely on their vehicle for their daily activities and we will do our best to assist,” he added.