Perodua targets to deliver 30,000 cars in December

By THE STAR | 5 December 2021

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) targets to deliver 30,000 cars by the end of the month with over 200,000 units sold for 2021.

President and chief executive officer Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said there was a slightly lower delivery of 20,299 units last month as intermittent disruption has impacted production.

He said the company registered 20,299 units in November this year despite issues in relations to the local automotive ecosystem.

“We wish to apologise for the delay in delivery and thank our customers for their support and patience, especially in the most challenging year so far," said Zainal.

He said in response to correcting the situation, the company is aiming for its highest registration in its history with at least 30,000 units registration this month.

Zainal said on a month-to-month comparison, Perodua sales decreased by 27.1% from 27,858 units registered in October 2021, which was the highest sales month in the company’s history so far.

“We are working with the automotive ecosystem to overcome these issues, such as the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the semiconductor chip supply shortage,’’ he said.

Zainal added with these countermeasures in place, the company foresees December 2021, as its best month yet.

On the new Myvi, which was launched on Nov 18, he said the company has accumulated 14,600 orders as of Dec 2.

“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,’ he said.

Zainal explained in fact, of the 14,600 units booked, 7.189 were converted from the previous variants.

He said on a year-to-year basis, the company registered 42,288 Myvi units between January and November this year.

Zainal said for overall sales this year, it registered 167,259 units between January and November, which is a reduction of 14.2% compared with 194,980 units registered in the same period last year.

“We are targeting at least 240,000 sales in 2022, which is a 40,000 unit or a 20% increase from the expected 200,000 units registered in 2021,’’ he said.

Zainal said the 240,000 figure was a preliminary estimation adding a more accurate forecast would be shared in late January 2022.

He said based on current information and forecasts, the company foresees that it can at least reach the 240,000 registration target next year as the market stabilises and its waiting period would be reduced significantly.

Zainal forecasts that the demand for vehicles would peak in the first six months of 2022, as buyers would want to benefit from the sales tax exemption incentive by the government, while in the second-half of 2022, demand would slow.

“With this growth, we expect to see auto component purchase to be back to around RM6.5bil for next year,’’ he said adding, the company foresees the year 2022, as a year of recovery.