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Aug 04, 2022

Announced on August 3, 2022, Proton Malaysia registered sales of 11,477 units (domestic + export) in July, slid around 22.4% from June, its best sales month of 2022, as proton’s successful efforts to resolve parts shortage issues were dampened by delays in approvals for a few of its models. In the first 7 months of 2022, 71,601 vehicles were registered, an increase of 19.7% YoY. The carmaker retains 2nd place in the national auto sales table with an estimated market share of 22.7% for July and a 18.7% market share YTD.
Proton still retains leadership in 4 market segments. The X50 (highest volume B-segment SUV and overall best-seller) registered 4,763 units in July as its production volume concerns ease. The Proton Saga kept its position at the top of the A-segment sedan class with 4,521 units registered, while Proton X70, with 1,704 units registered in July, led the C-segment SUV class. Proton Exora also retained its position at the head of the C-segment MPV class with 476 units registered. Unfortunately, both Proton Persona and Proton Iriz suffered approval delays in July resulting in registrations being temporarily halted.
With 380 units in July, exports for 2022 have already reached 3,102 units and surpassed the 3,018 export sales for the whole of 2021. The Proton Saga, Proton X70 and Proton X50 remain as the leading export models with the latter achieving a new export sales high of 126 units.
(From Proton press release on August 3, 2022)

Jul 05, 2022

On July 5, 2022, Proton unveiled its new hi-tech engine assembly line at Tanjung Malim, Perak, at an exclusive event for invited media guests. Operational since April 2022, this facility produces the 1.5 Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection (TGDI) engine, assembled for the first time outside China, and one of the most advanced automotive engine assembly lines in Malaysia.
Located in Proton Tanjung Malim's Engine and Powertrain facility, the assembly line covers an area of 18,000 sqm and is also part of the MYR 1.8 billion earmarked by Proton to upgrade its facilities at Tanjung Malim. It has a current maximum capacity of 180,000 engines when running on three shifts. According to Proton, when the agreement was made to partner with Geely in 2017, one of the commitments was to financially invest in Malaysia's auto industry and introduce new high-tech components.
As a locally assembled product, Proton sources parts from Malaysian and regional suppliers. As for its new engine, there are currently 72 parts supplied by 19 Malaysian and 4 ASEAN vendors. Proton is also using the new assembly line to advance its human capital development goals, with 202 workers directly employed to work there.

(Proton press release July 5, 2022)

Jul 05, 2022

Announced on July 4, 2022, Proton recorded its best sales month of the year with 14,787 units (domestic + export) registered in June, up 51.0% MoM as it continues efforts to resolve its parts shortage issues. Sales in the first half of 2022 reached 60,124 units, grew 3.9% from H1/2021. Overall, Proton retains second position in the automotive sales table with an estimated market share of 22.6%. Market share for the year meanwhile now stands at 18.2%, down 5.1% compared to the first 6 months of 2021.
In June, Proton X50 posted its best sales month with 4,473 units registered, while the Proton X70 achieved its best performance in 20 months with 2,696 units. For Proton Saga, 5,460 units were registered in June.
According to Proton, June was a busy month for the auto industry with most brands trying to produce as many cars as possible to satisfy market demand. The announcement that SST incentives would be removed on 1 July also created a surge in bookings. Proton has received over 150,000 bookings for the first 6 months of the year.
Regarding export sales, 636 units in June lifts the total number of exports for the first half of 2022 to 2,722 units, up 81.2% YoY and positioning Proton as the top exporting auto brand in Malaysia. The Proton Saga continues to lead the way with 1,602 units, while the Proton X70 and Proton X50 Posted 377 and 100 units respectively. In H1/2022, Pakistan continues to be the biggest export market with 1,770 units, up 183%. This is followed by Brunei and Bangladesh with 203 and 194 units respectively.
(From Proton press release on July 4, 2022)