Proton has just posted its sales data for June, which recorded a total of 9,623 vehicles sold in the month. The national carmaker said that this is the second best sales month so far this year, which represented a 69.5% growth over May, and a 26.3% increase over the same period last year – when the world was not affected by a pandemic.
Accounting for the June sales figures, Proton now claims a 21.2% Year-to-Date (YTD) market share figure. The company also says that its performance in the first half of 2020 shows a 6.5% improvement over the same period last year.
Driving the sales for the national carmaker in June was the Proton Saga, which saw 4,447 units of the A-segment sedan sold. According to Proton, the figure represents the best monthly sales figure for the Saga in 70 months, overtaking the previous best of 4,275 units in October 2019.
The Proton X70 continue to reign the C-segment SUV market with 1,909 units sold last month, which also made it the best-selling SUV overall in the country for the first half of the year, according to the company.
The national carmaker also claims that the Proton Persona held on as the nation’s best-selling B-segment sedan for the second month in a row; the Exora remained at the top of the C-segment MPV market, while the Iriz climbed up in ranking to take third in its segment.
Proton Edar CEO, Roslan Abdullah said, “Proton’s sales in the first full month of business since February have been encouraging. While we remain cautiously optimistic for the second half of 2020, the demand for Malaysian cars in general and Proton vehicles in particular points towards increased consumer confidence in our products.”
The company believes that the recently-announced sales tax exemption period has helped spurred demand and interest in car purchases, and is looking to maintain its sales momentum for the rest of year with several activities including the 35th anniversary celebration for the Proton Saga.