Local car maker Perodua sold 46,385 cars in the first two months of 2023, showing a 33% year-on-year growth. Production has also been ramped up by 32.95% to 51,134 units from 38,460 units.
Perodua attributes the increase in sales and production to improved efficiency in terms of production, better financing facilities for Perodua dealers, and better communication, both internally and with Perodua customers.
Demand for its cars is also remaining healthy according to Perodua, and the company is ramping up its production to cater to that. Currently on “overdrive”, Perodua’s production side is working hard to meet customers’ demands
Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Sri Zainal Abidin Ahmad said, “While there are still ongoing challenges with the supply of semiconductor chips, cost increases – among others but despite these challenges, we managed to see double-digit growth in our production and sales, for this we thank our partners for their dedication.”
As a result of the global automotive crisis, the average waiting period for a Perodua car is now between 2.5 months to 8 months.
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Commenting on the waiting time for a Perodua vehicle, The Perodua President and CEO said, “Of course, this timeframe is subject to the model, variant, and colour. That being said, we apologise to our customers and thank them for their patience. We will try to further improve our production and registrations in the months to come.”
As shared during the company’s 2023 outlook, Perodua is aiming to sell 314,000 cars this year, which is 11.3% more than the number of cars sold in 2022. In the first 2 months of the year, 15% of that has been achieved. While the company predicts a lower total industry volume (TIV) this year, its prediction is more optimistic compared to other manufacturers. Perodua is also aiming to produce 330,000 cars this year and 15% of that has been achieved.
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Dato’ Sri Zainal added that Perodua will continue to improve its operations and within the ecosystem as well as the delivery timing of its customers. Moving forward, Dato’ Sri Zainal said the outlook for the automotive industry and Perodua are positive given that the current economic situation remains stable.
“The current focus now is labour stability, especially for the automotive suppliers to ensure that production can be improved. We also hope that the policymakers continue to engage with the ecosystem on future changes in policies that may impact the industry” he said.
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