KUALA LUMPUR: New models, festive campaigns and the sales tax exemption helped the UMW Group – UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) and its associate Perodua – register healthy automotive sales for April.
In a statement, the group said UMWT recorded sales of 9,280 units in April, which was an increase of 12.7% from the 8,232 units registered in March.
Toyota Vios, Yaris and Hilux continued to be UMWT’s best-selling models. The improved Toyota Fortuner and Innova also contributed positively to April sales.
From January to April, UMWT sold 26,431 vehicles, or nearly 150% above the 10,596 units sold in the previous corresponding period when sales were impacted by the imposition of the first Movement Control Order (MCO 1.0).
UMWT targets to sell 62,000 units in 2021.
UMW Group said Perodua registered sales of 20,399 units in April 2021, lower than the 24,431 units registered in the preceding month, mainly due to the semiconductor chips shortage, which has adversely affected the automotive industry.
It said demand for Perodua Ativa, launched on March 3, remains strong with an average daily booking of 290 units.
Perodua delivered 4,624 units of Ativa in April, bringing the total since launch close to 9,000 units.
From January to April, Perodua delivered 78,304 vehicles, up by 73.9% from the 45,034 units a year ago which was impacted by the MCO 1.0. Perodua targets to sell 240,000 units this year.
UMW Holdings president and group CEO Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Kenali said the group continue to record strong sales by both UMWT and Perodua.
“The newly launched models have been well received by our customers, leading to higher sales as well as an improving order bank.
“We are doing our best to increase production to ensure timely deliveries to our customers. However, the semiconductor chip shortage has impacted Perodua’s production and it is exploring various means to overcome this problem, ” Ahmad Fuaad said.