The UMW Group continued to register healthy automotive sales for April 2021 through both UMW Toyota Motor (“UMWT”) and its associate company, Perodua. New model introduction, festive campaigns and the sales tax exemption increased demand and drove sales.
UMWT achieved sales of 9,280 units in April 2021, 12.7% higher than the 8,232 units registered in March 2021. The surge in sales was supported by strong demand for the recently launched Toyota Corolla Cross and Toyota Harrier. Toyota Vios, Yaris and Hilux continue to be UMWT’s best-selling models.
The improved Toyota Fortuner and Innova also contributed positively to April sales. For the first four months of the year, UMWT sold a total of 26,431 vehicles, significantly higher than the 10,596 units registered in the corresponding period of 2020 which was impacted by the imposition of the first Movement Control Order (“MCO 1.0”). UMWT targets to sell 62,000 units in 2021.
Perodua registered sales of 20,399 units in April 2021, lower than the 24,431 units registered in the preceding month, mainly due to the semiconductor chips shortage, which has adversely affected the automotive industry. Nevertheless, the demand for Perodua Ativa that was launched on 3 March remains strong with an average daily booking of 290 units. Perodua delivered 4,624 units of Ativa in April, bringing the total since launch close to 9,000 units. For the first four months of the year, Perodua delivered a total of 78,304 vehicles, 73.9% higher than the 45,034 units registered in the corresponding period of 2020 which was impacted by the MCO 1.0. Perodua targets to sell 240,000 units this year.
UMW Grantt International Sdn. Bhd., the manufacturer and distributor of GRANTT lubricants recently announced the sponsorship of Malaysia’s promising motorcycle racer, Hafizh Syahrin Abdullah for the second consecutive year. The extension of Hafizh Syahrin’ sponsorship in the Moto2 championship for the 2021 season bodes favourably for all parties involved as well as for the development of motorsports in Malaysia. The collaboration provides UMW with the opportunity to introduce GRANTT lubricants to a global audience to further enhance its brand presence.
UMW Holdings Berhad President and Group CEO, Dato’ Ahmad Fuaad Kenali said, “We are pleased with the continuous strong sales recorded by both UMWT and Perodua. The newly launched models have been well received by our customers, leading to higher sales as well as an improving order bank. We are doing our best to increase production to ensure timely deliveries to our customers. However, the semiconductor chips shortage has impacted Perodua’s production and it is exploring various means to overcome this problem. We wish to express our appreciation to our customers for their unwavering support of our products and services.