Perodua has announced its sales data for September 2022, where it recorded a total of 24,626 units sold. The figure is over 5% lower than what the marque achieved in August, but despite that, total sales for the third quarter (Q3) of 2022 is actually up 5% at 69,011 units, compared to the 65,719 units in Q2 2022.
Compared to last year, Q3 2022’s figure also represents a massive 216.5% jump, but that was mainly due to the national lockdown imposed between June and mid-August 2021, shutting down nearly all economic activities in the country to curb the increase in Covid-19 cases.
Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Sri Zainal Abidin Ahmad cited the recovering automotive supply chain as the main reason for the sales growth in Q3 2022.
“The increase in registration in this quarter shows that most of the major issues within the automotive supply chain has normalised. It is now time to further improve on production as we need to reduce the waiting period for our valued customers,” he said.
The easing of the supply chain issues have also directly resulted in a boost in production, with Perodua achieving its highest monthly production so far this year at 29,077 units in September.
With the September figures now accounted for, Perodua’s year-to-date sales now stands at 196,354 units, a 64.9% increase over the same period last year. Again, last year’s figure should be considered an outlier, due to the Covid-19 circumstances.
Perodua is targetting a total of 247,800 units sold this year.
“For now, we are focused on increasing our momentum into the fourth quarter of this year as well as maximising production in the first quarter of next year to ensure all our customers who booked their Perodua vehicles during the sales tax exemption period will receive their car on or before 31 March 2023,” Dato’ Sri Zainal added.
As of 30 June 2022, the number of outstanding bookings eligible for the sales tax exemption was above 200,000 orders.