Perodua has announced that it registered 6,988 vehicles in August. The figure was nearly 10x more compared to the previous month when it only posted 655 units.
With sales operations and manufacturing slowly resuming since the 16th of August, Perodua is optimistic of a quick bounce back. All operations were halted since the 1st of June 2021 due to the full lockdown.
“We would see the production and registration numbers multiply in September as the situation continues to normalise,” Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad said.
“We are working on closing this gap by further increasing our manufacturing output as well as further improving our standard operating procedures to ensure the safety of our people and our customers,” Dato’ Zainal said.
Despite the optimism, Perodua has remained realistic about its sales targets – reducing it by 10.8% to 214,000 units this year, in contrast with the initial target of 240,000 units.
Compared to the January to August period of last year, Perodua only registered 104,933 units, a 12.5% drop from the 119,977 vehicles sold in 2020.
Regarding the semiconductor chip shortage that has plagued the entire industry, the company has secured enough for this year and assures that all outstanding orders will be met within the year.
“For now, the semiconductor chip supply is still a global issue and we are working with our partners and suppliers to limit any disruption it may cause,” said Dato’ Zainal.