It came very late in the year, but the third-generation Perodua Myvi made a big splash. Order books opened on November 8, 2017 ahead of a November 16 launch, and as the year closed, the number of bookings stood at 28,000. Of that, close to 8,000 units have been delivered.

The latest figures were revealed by Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh on this morning’s BFM 89.9 Breakfast Grille, where he also apologised for the longer wait for the Myvi 1.5L compared to the 1.3L.

“Because of the back orders, we’re now working overtime, we do apologise. Especially to our customers who have booked the higher variant, the 1.5L. We’re working overtime, and we hope to be able to reduce the delivery period. But having said that, we do have the 1.3L available. So customers, if you want your vehicles faster, new Myvi 1.3L is also an option. Not forgetting we have three other models,” he said.

Aminar admitted that the overwhelming response for the bigger-engined, better-equipped Myvi 1.5L has surprised Perodua, but as problems come, it’s a good one to have.

“I have to admit that perhaps in terms of our planning, at this point it is proving us wrong. We were hoping to get a 50-50 or perhaps 55-45 kind of ratio in terms of the 1.5 against the 1.3. But as it stands now, it’s almost 85-15. So it’s a problem. It’s a good problem and that’s why I apologise to our customers. Bear with us, we’re trying to fulfil those requirements,” he said.

As to why demand is so heavily skewed towards the 1.5L, the P2 chief attributes it to the Myvi’s surprising feature list, which includes six airbags and Advanced Safety Assist, a suite of driver assist features not previously found in sub-RM100k cars.

“We have done some initial surveys. It’s not conclusive, but at the end of the day, it’s about value for money. The features that we have brought in. Some of the features are available in high-end cars and we made it affordable. The 1.5 Advance comes with advanced safety features, which are available in luxury vehicles,” he added.

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