Perodua continues to maintain its top spot in Malaysian car sales, with 45,700 units sold in the first quarter of this year, making for an estimated market share of 29.1%.

Compared with the same period last year, however, sales fell 4.4% from the 47,800 units and market share of 32.4%, a sign that competition from other manufacturers has heated up, Perodua’s managing director Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said.

Nonetheless, despite the challenging market conditions, the company recorded the best sales for the year in March 2011, with close to 18,000 units driven by the strong demand for Myvi, Viva and Alza, he said in a release issued today.

The Myvi continued to be the country’s top selling model with some 21,500 units sold in the first three months of the year, which is 19% higher than the 18,000 units during the corresponding period in 2010.

“We are proud of the sustaining power of this model which was launched six years ago. This is testimony to the quality and value-for-money attributes of the Myvi,” Aminar said.

Perodua also sold some 15,900 units of the Viva, while the Alza was ranked first in the MPV segment with 8,400 units.

Aminar said Perodua also managed to increase its market share of service intake to 49% during the first quarter 2011 with a 416,500 intake, which is 4% higher than the 45% market share and 400,800 intake during the same period in 2010. By revenue, sales of parts and accessories also improved by 31% during the quarter under review.

He added that moving forward, the second and third quarters will be challenging as the company’s operations are impacted by the far-ranging after-effects brought about by the earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan recently, but was optimistic about things. “We believe this situation is temporary and we will bounce back strongly,” Aminar said.