Perodua has just posted its April sales performance figures, in which the national carmaker recorded an estimated 20,399 units registered last month. Among these, 4,624 units (22.7%) was contributed by the Perodua Ativa.

The April sales figure lifts the total deliveries since the Ativa’s launch (two months ago) to now nearly 9,000 units. The national carmaker says that demand for the compact crossover still remains strong, with an average of 290 bookings per day.

“We thank all Malaysians for their strong support,” said Perodua President and CEO Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad. “The waiting period for the Ativa is currently between two and four months, depending on the desired colour and variant.

“We advise our valued customers to speak to our authorised sales advisors for accurate and up-to-date delivery times of the various variant-colour combinations of the Ativa,” he added.

On a month-to-month basis, the April figures represents a 16.5% drop in Perodua’s sales from the month before. The national carmaker attributes this mainly to the global semiconductor shortage, which is still affecting multiple industries globally.

“The chip shortage is our top priority at present, and we are deploying all our resources to deal with it, including working closely with the government and our business partners for viable solutions.

“Perodua remains committed towards timely deliveries, aided by our economies of scale. We thank our valued customers very much for their patience. We are doing all we can to deliver as many cars as possible before the expected expiry of the government’s sales tax exemption in end-June,” Dato’ Zainal added.

Despite the chip shortage, Perodua says that it is still on track to achieve both its production (272,000 units, +23% from 2020) and sales target (240,000 units, +9% from 2020) for the year. This is on top of the 2.4 million service intake target (+20% from 2020), as well as an expected purchase of locally-sourced components worth a record RM6.5 billion.

Perodua managed to produce 20,278 vehicles in April this year, pushing the year-to-date figures up to 80,661 units this year. As for sales, the year-to-date figure currently stands at 78,304 units – a massive 74% jump over the 45,034 units sold in the same period last year.