Things appear to be going well for Proton, as the national carmaker managed to deliver 7,011 units in April 2019. This represents an increase of 14.1% from March (6,145 units), or 75% when compared to the same corresponding month in 2018 (3,999 units).

This sales performance comes despite a total industry volume (TIV) that contracted by 6.2% from the month prior. Proton’s overall sales has grown by 50.2% so far in 2019, and has allowed it to retake its position as the second best-selling brand in Malaysia for the first time after 37 months. The company adds that it aims to maintain this momentum for the full year, backed by new models like the refreshed Iriz and Persona, along with others on the way.

“Proton is proud to finish second in overall sales in April 2019, returning to the position for the first time in over three years. Our aim is to try and end the year in second place to create a solid base for our long-term goal of leading the Malaysian car market again. With the launch of the Iriz and Persona and improved versions of the Exora and Saga set to be introduced later this year, the Company is quietly confident it can achieve its goal,” said Li Chunrong, CEO of Proton.

Of the 7,011 units sold, the Saga accounted for more than 3,047 units, displacing the X70 as the best-selling Proton model in April. Additionally, this is the first time the Saga exceeded the 3,000-unit barrier since August last year during the final month of the GST-free period in 2018. Going back to the X70, 11,133 units of the C-segment SUV have been delivered up until now, making it the best-selling SUV in its segment with a 24% market share.

“Nearly five months since it was launched, the Proton X70 continues to show its staying power by heading its market segment despite the launch of new models by rival brands. Proton is now an established player in the SUV market and our experience with our first SUV will serve us well in the near future as we launch more models that are jointly developed by Proton and Geely,” said Li.

During the first quarter of this year, Proton sold 6,145 units in March, 5,283 units in February, and 7,007 units in January.