Perodua had reported that its January 2023 sales was up by 23% on a year-on-year comparison as it managed to tackle production and supply issues. The company had registered 21,449 vehicles last month, compared to 17,444 vehicles a year ago.
Its production rate had also increased in January to 24,590 units, compared to 17,538 units for the same period in 2022 (+40.2%). “It is also important to note that for January last year (2022), there was a flood, a severe shortage of semiconductor chips supply, manpower issues and other parts shortages – which hindered production and sales,” explained Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Sri Zainal Abidin Ahmad.
“That being said, the improvements in volume for both production and sales indicate that the ecosystem is moving as planned,” he added. Perodua remains committed to its goal of vehicle delivery to its customers as quickly as possible without compromising on quality or safety.
In a separate event held on 31 January 2023, Dato’ Sri Zainal shared that Perodua is projecting to sell 314,000 vehicles this year, with its production rate maximised to 330,000 units. Part of its production capacity is expected to be taken by the new Axia hatchback. Production of the existing Axia was stopped in January to make way for the new model. Perodua is projecting to sell about 5,700 units a month of the new Axia.
With orders of the outgoing Axia still on hand, Perodua sales advisors had been contacting these buyers to convert their bookings to the new model. According to Dato’ Sri Zainal, nearly all the previous bookings of the current Axia model have been converted to the new one. He also revealed that the outgoing Axia will live on as a basic variant (E) and will have a manual transmission. This will cater mainly to driving schools, fleets as well as private owners. More details and the pricing will be shared later on.