Perodua has announced it has begun exports to another new market, the brand making its debut in the Seychelles with the official introduction of the Axia in the capital, Victoria, yesterday. The brand’s distributor in the republic, which consists of an archipelago of 115 islands off East Africa, is SF Hybrid Motors.

Four variants of the Axia are available in the Seychelles, a baseline Standard E MT, Standard G AT, SE and AV, priced at a promotional rate of 235,000 (RM71,500), 265,000 (RM80,600), 275,000 (RM83,700) and 290,000 (RM88,300) Seychellois rupees respectively. The cars sold in the republic come with a three-year/100,000 km warranty.

The Axia, which was facelifted in 2017, is powered by a 1KR-VE 1.0 litre three-cylinder engine offering 67 hp at 6,000 rpm and 91 Nm at 4,400 rpm. It’s paired with a five-speed manual transmission in the E and a four-speed automatic on the rest of the model range.

Seychelles becomes the second African export market for the automaker after Mauritius, where it has been present since 1996. Perodua Sales MD Datuk Zahari Husin said the automaker was excited about the potential of its latest export market, saying that its popularity as a tourist destination will open more export opportunities through brand exposure.

“The Seychelles offers a good opportunity for us to expose our brand to people of various nationalities who travel to the island nation for their holidays. We believe that this will give us greater prospects for future markets,” he said.

Acknowledging that Perodua’s export performance was still not significant at the moment, Zahari said the company was looking intently at expansion. “We are working with our partner Daihatsu by leveraging on their experience and extensive network to map a sustainable and profitable export plan,” he said.