Proton ended the month of June 2018 by delivering 6,173 cars to customers, which represented a 50% increase from May. The bump in sales also saw the company’s market share reached 9.6% of total industry volume (TIV) for the month compared to 9.5% previously.

According to Proton, the encouraging results were due to customers taking advantage of the current “tax holiday” and its recent Raya promotion. The Saga and Persona continue to be favoured by car buyers, with the entry-level sedan accounting for nearly 3,000 units sold.

“Proton had its best sales month for 2018 in June, proving that Malaysians continue to find the current range of Proton cars attractive thanks to the range of features that have been engineered into each model,” said Abdul Rashid Musa, CEO of Proton Edar.

“The attractive promotional offers we had, zero-rated GST price and an overall improvement in the quality of our cars helped to boost sales, which we are hopeful of carrying over for the remainder of 2018,” he added.

The national carmaker was the first company to support Tabung Harapan Malaysia, pledging to donate RM10 for every vehicle purchased from June 1 until the end of 2018. Following the first month of the initiative, a sum of RM61,730 has been collected.

“Proton is proud that we have managed to earmark over RM61,000 for Tabung Harapan Malaysia in just the first month of our contribution initiative. It is our intention to sell even more cars for the rest of the year so as to contribute as much as possible to the fund that will eventually benefit all Malaysians,” explained Rashid.

Aside from sales, Proton is continuing its efforts to improve the overall experience customers have with the brand ahead of the launch of brand’s first SUV. A prototype of the Geely Boyue-based model was recently driven by prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“We are happy that the prime minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, approves of our efforts with Geely. This confirms that Proton are on the right track and now that pre-production of the SUV has commenced we will soon begin our media and customer previews to build momentum ahead of the actual launch,” said Rashid.