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The Perodua Myvi, a Malaysian icon for more than 12 years.

Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua), the number one national carmaker for sales in the country, has announced that the Perodua Myvi is nearing its one millionth production unit, making it the most produced Malaysian vehicle in history.

The Perodua Myvi, a Malaysian icon for more than 12 years, was introduced in May 2005 and was the country’s number one car model until the end of 2014. The model continues to be among the top best selling models in the country.

“We have produced nearly one million Myvis since 2005, and this milestone will be reached sometime this month,” said its president and chief executive officer, Datuk Dr Aminar Rashid Salleh, at a press conference.

He said the Myvi was sold in seven countries since 2005, which include Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Brunei, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Fiji and Nepal under the Perodua brand.

The Myvi’s biggest export market is Indonesia under the Daihatsu Sirion brand, with nearly 31,000 vehicles sold since 2007. In total, Perodua has exported 35,400 Myvi/Sirion models since 2007 in these markets.

“We are happy yet humbled by the trust given by Malaysians to our brand and will continue to offer our best in terms of value and services to all Malaysians,” said Aminar.

He said the company would continue with the model as the demand was still strong along with other models under Perodua, which include the Axia, Alza and Bezza.

Perodua sold 64,700 vehicles in the first four months of this year, an increase of 4.1 per cent compared with the same period last year with 62,100 vehicles sold.

Aminar said during that period, all Perodua vehicles were the bestselling model in their respective segments, with the Axia selling 22,000 units, Bezza selling 19.500 units, Myvi selling 13,900 units and Alza selling 9,300 units.

“Based on our internal calculations, we estimate that the total industry volume for the first four months of this year will reach 182,800 vehicles, an increase of 5.4 per cent compared with 173,400 vehicles in the same period last year.

“Based on this estimation, we foresee our market share at 35.4 per cent so far this year. Moving forward, Perodua will continue to focus on timely delivery to its customers and further improve the compact carmaker’s after sales capabilities,” Aminar said.

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