Proton has announced that it sold a total of 5,283 vehicles in February, scoring a 3% increase in market share over the same month last year to 12.7%. This also represented a 37% growth year-on-year despite the short month and traditionally slow sales due to the festive holidays, as well as a cumulative growth of 42% in the first two months of the year compared to the same corresponding period in 2018. The company sold 7,007 cars in January 2019.

The national brand’s first SUV, the X70 continues to grow in volume with 2,823 units registered in February, including 1,000 units which were delivered on the same day nationwide prior to Chinese New Year, said Proton. More than 20,000 bookings for the Proton X70 were received as of the end of February, exceeding the company’s expectations, it said. Since its launch, 6,927 units of the X70 have been registered.

“The Proton X70 is building its fan base and attracting strong support from Malaysian SUV buyers. We are very thankful for the bookings we have received and are working very hard to get as many units registered and delivered to our customers as quickly as possible,” said Proton chief executive officer Li Chunrong.

“Proton is proud to have set a new record for SUV registrations in the first three months after its launch. The figure is remarkable as it was achieved despite two long festive holiday periods (Christmas and Chinese New Year), and encompasses only 78 days in total. Our next target will be to set new six-month and full-year registration numbers and we are confident of achieving them,” added Li.

Joining the Proton sales charge is the facelifted Proton Iriz, which was unveiled at the end of last month, and is available or pre-orders at a promotional fee of just RM9.99 until March 11; we’ve also had a first drive impression of the revised hatchback.