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Published on January 1st, 2021 | by Joshua Chin

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Perodua Exceeds 2020 Sales Target With 220k Cars Sold

A staggering 220,154 Perodua cars have found new homes within the last 12 months. 

2020 looked to be a rather good year for Perodua. That is because despite the pandemic and ensuing economic uncertainty that dominated headlines over the last 9 months, the Malaysian automaker has managed to sell 220,154 vehicles over the last year. 

To put this into context, this staggering registration figure represents an impressive 10,154 units over the projected sales target of 210,000 units for 2020. 

Furthermore, the automaker has also managed hit its one million Energy-Efficient Vehicle (EEV) milestone in November 2020, exactly two years after achieving the half-million figure. This sales achievement therefore also cements the Malaysian automaker’s standing as the nation’s largest EEV manufacturer. 

On the production side of things meanwhile, Perodua cars were rolling out of the factory at record pace too in 2020. A total of 220,968 cars being made over the last year, despite production temporarily being halted between March and May 2020, due to the Movement Control Order (MCO). 

Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Zainal, has mainly attributed this ‘better-than-expected’ sales and production figures to the PENJANA sales tax exemption scheme introduced by the government in June of 2020. This sales tax exemption policy was initially intended to end by the 31st December, though a last minute policy change has since extended the SST exemption for new cars till the 30th of June this year. 

Dato’ Zainal continues to state that Perodua is looking forward to a better year ahead ‘as there are positive indications that the COVID-19 pandemic would be overcome with the recently-released vaccines’. As for more concrete sales targets for this year however, the Malaysian automaker will only be announcing those at a later stage. 

Nevertheless, it it would probably be safe to say that the target will most likely be above that of the 220,000 sales in 2020. This is especially considering the imminent arrival of the Perodua D55L compact SUV sometime later in the year. 

PRESS RELEASE: Perodua registered 220,154 vehicles in the whole of 2020, 10,154 more than its 210,000-unit sales target for the year, on the back of strong demand for its vehicles as consumers took advantage of the government’s sales tax exemption.

“We thank all Malaysians for choosing Perodua and the government for extending the sales tax exemption under PENJANA to sustain the sales momentum which the automotive industry is now enjoying,” said Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad.

He added that Perodua manufactured 220,968 vehicles in 2020 despite temporarily halting production between March and May 2020 due to the Movement Control Order (MCO).

“Despite this, the tax exemption introduced in June 2020 succeeded in spurring car buyers’ interest that was able to sustain the players as well as the local automotive ecosystem.

“Perodua also hit the one million Energy-Efficient Vehicle (EEV) milestone in November 2020 – exactly two years after achieving the half-million – further solidifying our position as Malaysia’s largest EEV manufacturer,” said Dato’ Zainal.

Dato’ Zainal said that the better-than-expected sales achievement had a direct positive impact on the Malaysian automotive ecosystem, helping both independent parts suppliers and dealers weather the challenges in 2020.

“We look forward to a better year ahead as there are positive indications that the COVID-19 pandemic would be overcome with the recently-released vaccines. We will announce our 2021 targets and updates later,” he said.

Dato’ Zainal said that for now, Perodua will continue to fulfil outstanding orders and push for higher sales in 2021.

“We wish all Malaysians a safe, healthy and happy 2021. Perodua will never stop improving all aspects of our business to continue to satisfy and surpass all your mobility needs and wants, including continuing to push the fuel-efficiency envelope via advanced technology that will remain affordable,” said Dato’ Zainal.

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