Perodua’s order books for the new 2018 Perodua Myvi now has 15,500 names, almost two weeks into the launch of the third-generation hatchback. The figures, given by Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh this afternoon, are until yesterday. The company has delivered 1,900 units of the car so far.

That’s not record breaking for Perodua and its collection of top sellers, but impressive when one takes into account the Myvi’s positioning, which is not entry level like the Axia. Perodua is also quietly proud of the fact that 84% of the bookings so far are for costlier 1.5 litre variants (High and Advance). The most popular colour for the Myvi 1.5L is Granite Grey Metallic, which is exclusive to the bigger-engined Myvi.

To cope with what Aminar describes as “overwhelming demand”, Perodua has initiated overtime at the factory that produces the Myvi, and weekend production will continue all the way to the close of 2017. This is to ensure “acceptable delivery period” although the P2 chief did not elaborate on the current waiting period.

The new Myvi has been impressive and surprising, both on paper and on the move. The in-house developed new model is very well-stocked with kit – LED headlamps, keyless entry and push start, digital air-con controls with two memory settings, four airbags and VSC are standard from the RM44,300 base model, which has a five-star ASEAN NCAP rating.

All 1.5L models get six airbags and the top RM55,300 Advance boasts the Advanced Safety Assist suite of active safety systems, which include Pre-Collision Warning (PCW), Pre-Collision Braking (PCB), Front Departure Alert (FDA) and Pedal Misoperation Control (PMC) functions.

To learn more about the new Myvi, read our comprehensive launch report and first impressions test drive report, and don’t forget to view our video review, which includes a demo of ASA’s features.

GALLERY: Perodua Myvi 1.3 Premium X in Peppermint Green Metallic

GALLERY: Perodua Myvi 1.5 Advance in Granite Grey Metallic