Proton’s car registrations with the Road Transport Department went up 21% to 10,018 cars in July compared to 8,328 cars in June – effectively increasing it’s total industry volume in July to 32%, up 5% from June.

If Proton maintains this performance over the 2nd half of 2006, it might be able to wrestle the number 1 position back from Perodua, unless Perodua has some other cards up it’s sleeves.

Overall car industry volume is expected to drop 6% this year to 520,000 vehicles. This increase in Proton sales is likely due to the Proton Satria Neo, of which 2,750 units have been sold so far, and 4,000 orders in hand. This exceeds Proton’s sales expectations.