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.
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.
As the country continues to transition towards the recovery phase of the pandemic, Isuzu Malaysia has announced that the company will give precedence to fulfilling customer orders, particularly those that were placed before the Movement Control Order (MCO) came into effect in March.
Some 300 orders for various Isuzu D-Max models were received prior to the lock-down and the priority will be to ensure these customers receive their vehicles quickly following the resumption of operations.
Efforts are underway to ensure vehicles are speedily processed from the plant in Pekan, Pahang to be dispatched to dealerships around the country where a new delivery processes has been put in place to ensure customers and staff are well-protected in line with the government’s call to effectively curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Key among the comprehensive protocols include a temperature record of every staff member prior to the start of each work day, compulsory use of surgical masks, disinfecting of all touch points in the outlets three times daily while demonstration vehicles and customer vehicles are disinfected after each human contact.
All visitors to Isuzu outlets are also required to have their temperatures taken using an infra-red thermometer while hand sanitizing liquid and if required, a face mask will be made available at all facilities. Customers collecting their new vehicles will be informed of the delivery dates by their sales advisor and provided an appointed time of the hand-over in order to avoid crowding or prolonged exposure in the outlet.
Isuzu vehicle owners whose vehicle warranties were to have expired during the MCO period will automatically enjoy a further 30 day extension from May 13, 2020 while those whose vehicles were also overdue for scheduled maintenance during this period can rest assured that their warranty will not be affected by the delay.
Customers intending to bring their vehicles in for service are advised to make prior appointments with their respective Isuzu Authorised Service Centres as each outlet is operating according to CMCO regulations in their respective states and are encouraging systematic social distancing by limiting the daily intakes based on the capacity of the individual service facility and maintaining the minimum 1m distances.
To arrange for a viewing or test drive of Isuzu vehicles, prospective customers may make an appointment via Isuzu Malaysia’s Facebook page.
TC Subaru Sdn Bhd, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia, is proud to introduce its new Online Booking campaign. This comes off the back of the government’s extended Movement Control Order, which does not permit non-essential businesses to operate until further notice.
With the new Online Booking campaign, Subaru customers and new car buyers in Malaysia looking to purchase a brand-new XV or Forester can do so from the comfort of their home, at any time of the day.
All they need to do is to fill out the Online Booking form for the XV or the Forester to secure their booking fee payment of just RM188.
Upon successful submission, a unique booking code will be sent via email. A Subaru Sales Advisor will then be in touch within five working days to finalise the booking and to follow up with the next course of action (e.g test drive, viewing of car and loan application) once the Movement Control Order is lifted.
The Subaru XV is available in three variants; XV 2.0i, XV 2.0i-P and XV GT Edition 2.0i-P. It is priced from RM117,788. The Subaru Forester is priced from RM149,788 and comes in three variants; Forester 2.0i-L, Forester 2.0i-S, and Forester 2.0i-S Eyesight.
The Online Booking campaign runs from now until the Movement Control Order is lifted.
PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PLUS) has been informed by the Traffic
Police, that all commercial vehicles (i.e lorries and trucks), transporting
essential necessities such as food, perishables, medical goods as well as
petroleum fuel will have quicker clearance at the roadblocks via a dedicated
The move by the Police during the Movement Control Period
(MCO) period is to facilitate and speed up movement of essential items as well
as enable Ministry of Health officers, doctors, nurses and enforcement agencies
to speedily reach their target destinations throughout the Covid-19 period.
The Police inspection and diversions for routes heading
towards the highway are within the Police’s authority and jurisdiction. The
public can contact the PDRM Hotline at 03-2266 3356 for latest updates on road
diversions and inspection throughout this period.
Critical services such as the PLUSRonda and the toll-free
PLUSLine 1800 88 0000 are still available 24-hours a day in the event of
PLUS also takes this opportunity to urge the public to
adhere to the MCO and to remain at home in order to help flatten the spread of
Covid-19 and more crucially to protect one’s health and family’s wellbeing.