Perodua forecasts 2022 sales of at least 240,000 units

JOHOR BAHRU: Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) is targeting sales of at least 240,000 units next year, 40,000 or 20 per cent more than the expected 200,000 units registered this year. 

Perodua president and chief executive officer Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said demand for new vehicles would peak in the first six months of 2022, as people would want to benefit from the on-going Sales and Service Tax exemption by the government, before slowing in the second half.

"We believe that the worst is behind us in terms of Covid-19 related lockdowns, Insya Allah, and while there are other risks in the market, we foresee 2022 as a year of recovery. 

"In fact, based on current information and forecasts, we foresee that we can at least reach the 240,000 registration target next year as the market stabilises and our waiting period reduces significantly," he said during a media drive of the new Myvi here on Saturday.

Zainal added that the 240,000 was a preliminary estimation and that "a more accurate" forecast would be shared in late January 2022.

He said the 240,000 registration number was important as Perodua wanted to grow the Malaysian automotive ecosystem.

"We expect to see auto component purchase to be back to around RM6.5 billion for next year with this growth. We will share the total number of purchased component parts for this year in January."

Between January and November 2021, Perodua registered total sales of 167,250 units. This was 14.2 per cent lower than the 194,980 units registered in the same period last year. 

Citing how intermittent disruption impacted production, the company's November sales reportedly saw a decreased of 27.1 per cent to 20,299 units compared to its previous record-breaking October of 27,858.

"November was slightly slower in terms of registration for the Myvi as there was a delivery gap for that model as we waited for the latest variant to launch. In fact, of the 14,600 units booked, 7,189 orders were converted from the previous variants."

Despite the dip, Zainal said the company remained positive with the outcome given the supply issues faced by the local automotive ecosystem. 

He explained that November saw one of the highest booking figures for the company at 38,000. 

It also accumulated 14,600 orders for its new Myvi 2022 as of Dec 2. 

It registered 42,288 Myvi units between January and November this year. The new Myvi was launched on Nov 18.

The top range AV model received the most booking with the Granite Grey being the most popular colour. 

Additionally, the company is aiming for its highest ever monthly registration in its history with at least 30,000 units registration in December as it targets to end the year with over 200,000 units sold.

At present, the company is hoping to convert the 11,000 remaining bookings of the older Myvi into the new one which would factor into December's results. 

"We wish to apologise for the delay in delivery and thank all our customers for their support and patience, especially in the most challenging year so far.

"We are working with the automotive ecosystem to overcome these issues, such as rising Covid-19 cases as well as the semiconductor chip supply shortage, and with these countermeasures in place, we see Dec as our best month yet," said Zainal.

On the Alza, Zainal confirmed that the current model would stop production by late January next year to make way for an upgrade.

The popular model, which has been around for 13 years, still receives around 1,500 bookings a month.

No specific date has been given when the new Alza will be launched next year.

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