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Proton Sales Sees Drop in January

2019 Proton Saga

No thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic and the second MCO, Malaysia’s automotive sales for January saw a major drop in volume for most major players.

For instance, Proton finished the month ranked second by delivering 5,964 units. This represents a sales decrease of 29.9% compared to January 2020. Market share is estimated at 18.5%, about 1.0% less compared to the same period last year. The overall figures though, are a reflection of supply not being able to meet demand rather than a reduction in bookings.

Proton Saga, the King

Leading Proton’s sales in January was of course, the Proton Saga. With 2,583 units delivered, it was the second most popular A-segment sedan in the country. The Proton X70 and Proton X50 SUV twins continued to lead the C-segment SUV and B-segment SUV (five-seat) categories, though registered units were down to 892 and 1,082 units respectively.

For the latter, a total of 4,809 units have been delivered since the official launch on 27 October last year. Other models posted similar performances.

2020 proton x50

And then we have the Proton Persona which finished second in the B-segment sedan category while the Proton Exora maintained its standing as the best-selling C-segment MPV in the country. The Proton Iriz ended January in third place for B-segment hatchbacks.

“January was a difficult month for Malaysia’s automotive industry. Hopes were high the momentum built at the end of 2020 would be carried forward especially after the announcement of PENJANA incentives remaining in place until the end of June this year. Unfortunately, the second MCO announcement put a damper on those hopes.”

100% Support to the Government

“Still, Proton as well as the rest of the industry is in full support of all measures the government has in place to control the rate of infection. The safety of all Malaysians needs to remain as the main priority and companies need to pivot in order to achieve their goals in a changed market environment,” said Roslan Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer, Proton Edar.

While Proton’s order book remains healthy with orders carried over from the end of last year, the company says that it is still working hard for supply to catch up to demand.

“Measures like the MCO have naturally affected the number of customers coming to showrooms, but we can receive bookings online helping to boost our sales. However, our supply lines have been disrupted over the last few months by the coronavirus making it difficult to ensure a steady flow of parts needed to build our cars. It’s something all car manufacturers have been facing for the past year but we are hopeful that with the arrival of a vaccine things will stabilise by the middle of the year,” said Roslan Abdullah.

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Perodua Joins War Against COVID-19, Contributes RM2 million, Medical Supplies

Perodua is joining the ongoing war against COVID-19 by contributing RM2 million to the National Disaster Management Agency’s (NADMA) COVID-19 fund.

In addition to the cash contribution, Perodua has also donated 150 mattresses, 200 pillows, 105 boxes of mineral water, 15 industrial fans and 300 pairs of rubber boots to the Sungai Buloh Hospital to aid the ongoing fight against the global pandemic.

“This war against COVID-19 is our shared responsibility. The funds and items contributed by Perodua are part of our ongoing efforts to ensure Malaysia will recover as fast as it can,” Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad said.

Dato’ Zainal presented the contribution to Malaysian Prime Minister YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the Prime Minister’s Office earlier today.

According to media reports, the NADMA-COVID 19 fund was launched by the Prime Minister on 11 March 2020 with the objective of aiding citizens who were most vulnerable to the impact of the Movement Control Order (MCO), which came into force on 18 March 2020.

Based on reports, the NADMA-COVID-19 fund’s target groups include the unemployed and others affected by the MCO.

The government also recently introduced the Prihatin Rakyat Stimulus Package to further help Malaysians impacted by COVID-19.

“We thank the government for these measures. Perodua, in solidarity with all Malaysians, hopes this pandemic will be resolved in the shortest time and with minimal infections and fatalities. To those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19, we extend our sincere condolences,” Dato’ Zainal said.

“As for Perodua, we have also directed all our staff, the greater automotive supply chain and our authorised dealers to pay keen attention to their staff’s needs and welfare during this MCO.

“To this end, we are monitoring the situation closely to ensure that our ecosystem’s livelihoods, like wage, benefits and especially employment, are not impacted,” he added.

“We are committed to the social distancing measures enforced by the authorities to ensure the spread of the virus is contained.”

“To our customers in particular and all Malaysians in general, please stay indoors and stay healthy,” Dato’ Zainal said.

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