Proton has announced its sales performance for the month of October 2019, and the national carmaker says that 9,503 units were shifted last month, an improvement over the 8,934 units it managed in September. Given that the figure includes both domestic sales as well as exports (the automaker actually recorded 8,685 units domestically in September), the official numbers for the month should only be revealed when the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) releases its vehicle sales data for October.

With sales having propelled it to second in the overall sales table so far this year, Proton says it remains confident of maintaining that position until the end of the year and hitting the 100,000 unit mark in 2019.

Sales of the Saga have undoubtedly helped the achievement so far – the car has now received over 28,000 bookings since its launch, and the 4,273 units that were sold last month meant the model posted its highest sales figure in 51 months.

The automaker added that the cumulative total for the first 10 months of the year, which now stands at 79,833 units (domestic and export), is a 46% improvement over the same period in 2018 in year-to-date numbers. It estimates that its overall market share is now at 16%, representing a 5.2% increase over the previous year.

“We are humbled by the response our products have received from Malaysian car buyers. In the space of just eight months we launched our first SUV and updated all our other models, giving Proton the youngest model range for any car brand in Malaysia. The hard work has paid off with increased sales and we are now confident of being able to sell 100,000 units this year, providing us with a solid base to move forward in 2020 and beyond,” said Proton CEO Li Chunrong.