Perodua is working to make enough Aruz SUVs to meet demand, and today the national carmaker announced it has closed the gap between orders and deliveries. The company said it has fulfilled 52% of the 25,000 bookings it has collected since the car was launched in January, with some 13,000 units delivered.

“We have managed to increase Perodua Aruz deliveries to an average of 110 units daily from 100 previously. We are continuing to work closely with our suppliers to further shrink the gap between orders and deliveries,” said president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad. “The Perodua Aruz has been met with unprecedented demand. We thank all Malaysians for making the nation’s best-value SUV also one of its best-selling SUVs.”

Zainal also apologised to customers who did not receive their cars in time for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations. “To our valued customers whose new cars we could not deliver in time for Raya, we apologise most sincerely and humbly. Perodua is doing all it possibly can to maximise production and deliveries to shorten your wait, and we thank you very much for your understanding, patience and trust.

“We also express our gratitude to our capable local component suppliers, who have truly proven their mettle by ramping up their production and quality to meet Malaysians’ ever-increasing demand for Perodua models, all of which have well over 90% local content,” Zainal said.

Perodua also said it has sold 22,943 vehicles in the month of May, according to figures from the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA). This would put the company’s year-to-date sales at 105,743 units in just the first five months of 2019 – that’s 8.5% up on the 97,487 vehicles sold in the same period last year.

The Aruz is available in two variants, the 1.5X at RM72,900 and the 1.5 Advance at RM77,900. The latter adds the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 suite that includes Pre-collision Braking, Front Departure Alert and Pedal Misoperation Control. All get a 2NR-VE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine that develops 101 hp at 6,000 rpm and 133 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm, paired to a four-speed automatic.

GALLERY: Perodua Aruz 1.5 Advance