Proton sales rebound in May with 9,792 units sold, parts shortage issue stabilised

Proton has announced its sales results for May 2022, where it managed to deliver 9,792 vehicles to new owners in both domestic and export markets.

The figure translates to a 10.8% increase over April 2022, and a 3.7% increase over the same period last year – although it has to be said that the country was placed under a strict Movement Control Order (MCO) during that time.

With the latest sales figure now accounted for, Proton’s overall sales year-to-date is sufficient to maintain its second-place position in the nation’s sales chart. According to its internal data, its market share is estimated to be at 19.6%, while year-to-date (YTD) market share is currently estimated at 17.1%.

Proton says that the increase in sales is a direct result of the company boosting its production volume to catch up to market demand. The national carmaker added that it is still continuously trying to secure sufficient parts supply in order to clear its backlog of orders, however the parts shortage issue that plagued its April sales data has largely been stabilised.

In terms of the individual models, the national carmaker’s sales last month is, once again, mainly contributed by the Proton Saga with 3,996 units sold – although, that figure is only sufficient to place it in second-place among the A-segment sedans.

Following in a close second is the Proton X50 with 2,779 units delivered in May, making it the market leader not only for B-segment SUVs, but the overall SUV market as well. Coming in third was the Persona with 1,385 units, followed by the X70 with 692 units delivered. The Proton Iriz and Exora meanwhile recorded 553 and 387 units sold respectively in the last month.

Export sales are also trending upwards for Proton, with total exports YTD for the brand currently standing at 2,086 units (+47% over the same period last year). Pakistan is currently the largest export market with 1,350 units sold YTD, followed by Egypt and Brunei with 172 and 158 units respectively.

For the month of May 2022 alone, Proton recorded a total export volume of 513 units, or a 12.5% increase when compared to the previous month.

The rise in export sales is unsurprisingly driven by the Saga, which is now being locally-assembled in Pakistan and Kenya. To date, Proton has exported 1,492 units of the Saga, which translates to an increase of 71% compared to the previous year.

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