Despite the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) in several states, UMW Toyota Motor still managed to deliver a total of 7,595 units during the month of May 2021. The figure represents a 120% jump over the same period last year, which was impacted by MCO 1.0.

UMW Toyota says that the sharp increase in sales performance year-on-year is driven mainly by the new models that the company has introduced in recent months. In particular, the new Toyota Vios, Yaris, and Hilux cumulatively contributed 78% of the figure in May.

The company also attributes the sales performance to the festive campaigns during the Hari Raya period, as well as the sales tax exemptions, which has now been extended until the end of 2021.

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For the first five months of the year, UMW Toyota managed to sell a total of 34,026 vehicles, a significantly higher figure than the 14,052 units registered in the corresponding period of 2020, putting it on track to achieve its sales target of 62,000 units in 2021.

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UMW Toyota’s sister company within UMW Holdings, Perodua, also achieved a strong sales performance in the past month. UMW Holdings President and Group CEO, Dato’ Ahmad Fuaad Kenali said, “Demand for UMWT and Perodua vehicles remains strong, with both marques continuing to register healthy sales.

“However, the semiconductor chips shortage has impacted Perodua’s production, and it is exploring various means to overcome this problem. Both UMWT and Perodua have a healthy level of outstanding bookings that can be fulfilled once the chips problem is resolved.”

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Dato’ Fuaad further added, “UMW expects the automotive sales momentum will continue despite the extended MCO 3.0 especially with the extension of the sales tax exemption to 31 December 2021.”

Since June 1, the government has imposed a full movement control order (FMCO) nationwide in an attempt to contain the recent spread of the virus. During the FMCO period, all automotive manufacturing activities and showrooms are not allowed to operate. Phase 1 of the FMCO is expected to end on the 28th of June, pending on situational data.

However, service centres are allowed to operate during the FMCO period, albeit at a reduced level of operations with strict SOP guidelines. UMW Toyota advices its customers to make an appointment prior to sending their cars for service during this period.