Perodua continues expanding sales of the Bezza to other countries, with the launch of the sedan in Sri Lanka. The island nation is the second to receive the car after Mauritius last month, and is said to be the largest export market for the brand, with 14,000 vehicles having been sold there since 1997.

Brought in by official distributor, Unimo Enterprises, the Bezza is available in a single 1.0 litre variant, with an automatic transmission. It is fairly pricey, however, retailing at an eye-watering 3.69 million rupees (RM103,162). Power comes from a 1KR-VE 1.0 litre VVT-i three-cylinder engine that develops 67 hp at 6,000 rpm and 91 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm, sent to the front wheels via a four-speed automatic gearbox.

“We [Perodua] are still relatively small in Sri Lanka but we see a lot of potential as the country’s economy expands,” said Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh. “Starting this year, we are seriously looking at further expanding our current export markets and studying new ones as we work to realise our vision of becoming a regional player.”

Unimo Group CEO and executive director Chanaka Yatawara said, “We believe that the Bezza will be well accepted in Sri Lanka as this car has all the features that appeals to all; it is spacious, well-designed, fuel-efficient and versatile – a winning combination.”

The national carmaker said that it has exported 1,600 vehicles this year (up to May 2017) in six countries, including the Myvi to Indonesia badged as the Daihatsu Sirion. “Since we started our export programme, we have exported 75,000 vehicles. At its height, we exported to 21 different countries,” Aminar said.

GALLERY: Perodua Bezza 1.0 Standard A/T