Perodua has announced that it sold 97,730 units in the first half of the year, till end-June. Out of an estimated total industry volume of 274,293 units for H1 2016, it translates to market share of 35.5%. This is slightly lower than the first quarter market share of 36.2%, but it’s also before the arrival of the Bezza sedan.

Perodua’s strong performance in a sluggish 2016 market has failed to push the total national car market share above the 50% mark, which means that combined non-national sales are still dominating the market – 51% to 49% for Proton-Perodua. This was a trend that was revealed at P2’s 2015 performance review in January, which showed that non-national makes outsold P1-P2 53% to 47% last year. This means that national makes have clawed back at the balance slightly since then.

It can only get better for Perodua, and the national camp, with the arrival of the Bezza. Perodua’s first ever sedan is expected to contribute 10,000 registrations per month for the first three months after launch, before moderating to around 7,700 units per month. Some cannibalisation is expected, but even so, P2’s first sedan will be a real boost to the Rawang-based company.

By how much? We’ll see at the end of the year. For now, the Bezza’s order books are open, and prices range from RM37,300 to RM50,800. Five variants of the Malaysian-designed car are available – see the detailed specs/equipment list with pics, and read our first drive report for more. Official launch on July 21.