Perodua also produced a record-breaking 33,666 vehicles in the same month
Production and sales momentum for Perodua reached new heights with its manufacturing arm churning out 33,666 units, while its sales division registering 32,179 vehicles in the month of March.
“These achievements can be attributed to several factors, such as our efforts to fulfil the PENJANA orders before its deadline on 31 March 2023, production improvements throughout the supplier ecosystem and better coordination within our sales network,” Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Sri Zainal Abidin Ahmad said.
On a quarterly basis, production increased by 33.9% to 84,800 units compared with 63,325 units produced in the same quarter of 2022. In terms of sales, registration rose by 27.5% to 78,564 units in the first three months of 2023 compared with 61,624 units in the same period last year.
On monthly basis, Perodua recorded an increase of 20.2% to 32,179 when compared with 26,759 units sold in March last year, and up 29% when compared with 24,936 units sold in February this year.
“Despite these achievements, there are still a small number of PENJANA orders that we were unable to fulfil, to these customers, we will honour the sales exempt amount guaranteed under the initiative and we apologise for the long wait,” Dato’ Sri Zainal said.
Moving forward, Dato’ Sri Zainal said that Perodua is expected to further build on these achievements as the number of bookings for its models continue to be healthy. He said that the sustained production growth managed to reduce some of the wating period in certain models.
“In fact, so some of our models, the waiting period has been reduced significantly, only particular models such as the Bezza, Axia and Alza have a slightly longer waiting period based on their respective variants and colour,” Dato’ Sri Zainal said. In terms of production, he said that the global price of raw materials has decreased recently, and this has eased cost pressures for suppliers, Perodua as well as most of the automotive players.
“These favourable conditions will give us a chance to build up our stock faster while at the same time enable us to reduce the waiting period for our customers,” Dato’ Sri Zainal said.
In late January, Perodua announced its production target of 330,000 cars and sales target of 314,000 cars in 2023.