Saga, X50 and Persona continue to be top sellers for Proton

SUBANG JAYA: The Saga started and ended the year as the best-selling Proton model, notching an impressive 70,184 units sold, its best performance since 2012, and positioning it as the fourth best-selling vehicle in Malaysia for 2023.

In a statement, Proton said Saga sales jumped 25.6% in 2023 (compared to 2022), consisting mainly of first-time car buyers who want a safe and reliable car that is also fun to drive.

Meanwhile, even after more than 100,000 units have been produced and sold, demand for the Proton X50 remains strong with 31,829 units sold in Malaysia and export markets in 2023.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest gainer in Proton’s model lineup was the Proton Persona.

After suffering severe delays due to chip shortages in 2022, sales for the B-segment sedan rebounded by 48.9% to 24,362 units, placing the Persona second in its class.

Proton closed 2023 by posting its best sales performance since 2012 as it achieved a fifth consecutive year of sales growth.

12,711 units were sold in December to bring its year-end total sales figure to 154,611 units (domestic + export), equivalent to a 9.3% increase over the 141,432 units sold in 2022.

Proton sales 2023 (Custom)

The company’s overall market share is calculated to be 19.4% on the back of a second record-setting year for total industry volume of an estimated 794,948 units, approximately 10.3% more than the previous year.

As a result, Proton also ended the year ranked second in overall sales, which is also the fifth year in a row it has maintained its position in the standings.

Proton said strong market demand for PIES (Persona, Iriz, Exora and Saga) models had powered its sales growth in 2023, while the launch of Proton’s three model SUV model lineup consisting of the Proton X50, Proton X70 and Proton X90 has added more than 200,000 units to total sales since December 2018.

The Proton Iriz B-segment hatchback was also affected by the chip issue in 2022, and had posted a tidy 33.8% increase in sales to 7,639 units in 2023.

In its final year of production, the Proton Exora signed off with a sales increase of 4.6%, ending the year with 4,473 units sold and showing that demand amongst target market buyers remains strong.

To date, over 194,000 units have been sold, making it the most successful C-segment MPV in Malaysia’s automotive history.

Proton Persona (Custom)

As for the X-series SUVs, the Proton X50 and Proton X90 ended the year as market leaders for their respective segments.

The Proton X90 continues to be the dominant force in the D-segment SUV market and ends the year with 4,815 units sold since its launch on 7 May 2023.

Finally, the Proton X70 was the second most popular C-segment SUV in 2023 with 11,200 units sold.

As for the Proton S70, customer deliveries will begin in 2024 and to date, more than 5,000 bookings have been received.

Proton X50 (Custom)

“2023 was another record-setting year for the automotive industry as total sales surged by 10.3% over the previous volume high set just twelve months earlier. Factors such as the fulfilment of orders for tax free cars up till the end of March no doubt fuelled the volume increase in the first quarter of the year, but it was also an active year for car launches with minimal disruptions caused by parts shortages," said Proton
CEO Dr Li Chunrong.

"Looking ahead to 2024, we are confident that we will sustain this momentum, supported by the introduction of our new model, the S70,” he added.

Roslan Abdullah, CEO of Proton Edar and deputy CEO of Proton, said, "Our dedication to improving after-sales service and parts has played a crucial role in reaching this milestone as Proton remains steadfast in its commitment to continuous improvement and resolute in meeting and surpassing the expectations of our customers.”

Proton S70 (Custom)
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