Perodua Viva 1.0 EZi
The last Perodua Kancil unit rolled out today and Perodua ViVa 660BX will replace it.Perodua will unveil the ViVa Elite this Thursday.Read the full news from Bernama below.
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Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) expects its Kancil replacement model, ViVa 660BX (basic), to enable the company to achieve its sales target of 158,000 units this year.
“We expect the second half of this year would be better in view of the improvement of the total industry volume (TIV), year-end festivities and the upcoming launch of a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) this November,” said Perodua’s managing director Datuk Syed Abdull Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar on Monday.
In the first half of this year, Perodua sold 77,000 units of vehicles.
Speaking to reporters after a ceremony here to mark the phasing out of the Kancil model and line up of the ViVa660BX, Syed Abdull Hafiz said Perodua will be launching its ViVa Elite this Thursday.
Perodua today rolled out the last Kancil unit, one of the most iconic cars on the Malaysian roads, after 15 years of production and a total of 722,223 units.
Its replacement, the ViVa 660BX, a basic variant, has been priced at RM25,300.
With more than 708,000 units sold since August 1994, the Kancil is the car that built Perodua, said Syed Abdull Hafiz.
Perodua sold its first 50,000 units in its first year of production, and reached sales of 100,000 units in 1997 despite the Asian financial crisis, he added.
On average, Perodua sold about 4,000 units of Kancil monthly, and in October 2002, the unit had its highest single monthly sales of 7,700 units.
“However, even after the Kancil’s phase out, Perodua is committed to continuing the supply of its service parts to customers for the many years to come,” Syed Abdull Hafiz said.
On the automotive industry, Syed Abdull Hafiz said Perodua was confident of a recovery, projecting a TIV of 500,000 units for this year and between 510,000 and 520,000 in 2010 and up to 548,000 units in 2011.
“We expect the automotive industry to improve, to reach 520,000 units and Perodua to again reach 167,000 units in 2010, its historic high in 2008,” he added.
The ViVa 660BX meanwhile comes with a dynamic variable valve timing 660cc engine and is available in three colours — ivory white, ebony black and glittering silver.
The variant is only available in manual transmission.