RAWANG: Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) expects 2022 to be a bumper year as its sales and accumulated bookings received in the first half (H1) of 2022 far exceeded its earlier projections.
President and chief executive officer Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said the company sold 127,343 units in H1 2022, a 30 per cent jump from the same period last year.
The car maker also received total bookings of over 200,000 units during the period, thanks to the government's sales and service tax (SST) exemption.
"On the last day of the (SST) initiative, Perodua saw unprecedented highest single booking day, with 25,100 vehicle orders taken on June 30, 2022," he told reporters at Perodua’s mid-year get-together event here today.
In January this year, Perodua set a target to register a total of 247,800 vehicles in 2022 against an estimated total industry volume of 610,000 units projected by the company.
Of the 127,343 units registered in H1 2022, the Perodua Myvi is still the most popular model with 38,039 units registered, followed by the Perodua Axia (29,183 units) and the Perodua Bezza (28,719 units).
Apart from the sales tax exemption initiative that ended on June 30, 2022, Zainal said, another key factor contributing to this performance was the low registration of vehicles in June last year due to the second lockdown to reduce COVID-19 infection cases.
He said the increase in registered units last month was also due to better parts supply in comparison to May.
However, he also noted that issues such as skilled labour and parts shortages persist and asked for understanding from customers in terms of delivery.
"We sincerely apologise for the long wait and are doing everything in our power to further improve production for the benefit of our customers,” he said.
Zainal said steps taken include working closely with its suppliers and, in some cases, providing Perodua staff to work at their premises to ensure that parts supply continue to flow.
"That being said, we hope that the manpower issue can be resolved quickly as the impact to the industry, and to some extent the country is significant.
"As for the parts shortage, continuous communication with suppliers and partners are ongoing to find alternative components," he added. - Bernama