In August 2022, local car maker Proton achieved its highest sales volume in nine years since July 2013. Proton successfully delivered 15,880 cars in August, of which 938 were exported. From January to August 2022, Proton registered 87,841 cars, a 39.7% increase from 2021.
Topping Proton’s sales scoreboard in August is the beloved Proton Saga with 6,156 cars sold. Nearly 14,514 units of the Proton Saga have been sold in 2022.
In second place is the Proton X50 with 4,329 units sold in August 2022. Over the last three consecutive months, sales of the X50 has exceeded 4,000 units each month. Proton says this is the first time an SUV has achieved such numbers in Malaysia.
Also contributing to the 15,880 units sold in August 2022 are 2,612 units of the Proton Persona, 1,555 units of the Proton X70, 962 units of the Proton Iriz, and 266 units of the Proton Exora. Proton reports an estimated market share of 23.7% for August with an estimated total industry volume (TIV) of 66,990 units. As for the year-to-date (YTD) market share, Proton reports 19.5%.
Proton Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Roslan Abdullah said, “With four months to go in 2022, PROTON production operations have stabilised. Critically, our component supply is now more consistent and better managed to ensure we can produce as many cars as possible.
With that in mind, we have undertaken an initiative to increase the number of delivery trucks by over 100% by the end of the year. This makes it easier to ensure our dealers receive their stock as quickly as possible and in turn, this benefits our customers who have been patiently waiting for their vehicles.”
Proton will be officially relaunching in South Africa this month, building on the continuous export growth of the brand. From January to August 2022, Proton has exported 4,040 cars. In August alone, Proton exported 938 cars, its highest export number since March 2013.
On the matter of exports, Proton’s CEO said, “Proton’s export sales continue to reach new heights every month and is a testament to how the brand is winning over new customers beyond its home market. Export sales are vital to the company achieving its long-term goals and helps improve the balance of trade for Malaysia while showcasing the quality and ingenuity of Malaysian vendors.”