The third-generation Perodua Myvi has been launched in Mauritius, the car being officially introduced in the republic last weekend at the Defi Media Motor Show held in Port Louis.

Local distributor Raouf Dusmohamud & Co is bringing in two automatic variants of the hatchback, the 1.3 G AT and 1.5 H AT, priced respectively at 699,000 (RM81,300) and 775,000 (RM90,140) Mauritian Rupees, on-the-road with insurance. Mauritius becomes the Myvi’s third export market after Indonesia (where it is sold as the Daihatsu Sirion) and Singapore.

“The new Myvi is a very sophisticated and advanced product that Mauritians can truly get excited about. Plus, we’re sweetening the ownership package for our valued customers by offering free servicing up to 30,000 km with every Myvi purchase, which we are now also extending to all the other Perodua models in our current line-up, namely the Alza, Axia and Bezza,” said Raouf Dusmohamud & Co Ltd MD Raouf Dusmohamud.

The new market for the Myvi will also help push the automaker’s export numbers along, in line with its plans to improve on its export performance this year. “Perodua aims to export 3,270 cars in 2019 – a 50% increase over last year’s 2,184 units.” Perodua president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad said.

“So far this year we have sold over 1,600 units outside Malaysia and launched the Myvi in Singapore and the Seychelles respectively. The Myvi’s Mauritian debut should edge us closer to our year-end export target and boost Perodua’s brand exposure internationally, what with Mauritius being a major tourist destination,” he added.

Located in the Indian Ocean, the island nation is one of Perodua’s oldest overseas markets – the brand has been present since 1996, and nearly 2,400 Perodua cars have been sold there. Models sold previously include the Kancil, Rusa, Kembara, Kenari, Kelisa, first- and second-generation Myvi and the Viva. The current line-up is made up of the Alza, Axia, Bezza – which was introduced in 2017 – and the Myvi.