RM22k Perodua Axia E sold out in two days – 2.5k units of Malaysia’s cheapest car distributed in 48 hrs

RM22k Perodua Axia E sold out in two days – 2.5k units of Malaysia’s cheapest car distributed in 48 hrs

The Perodua Axia E, Malaysia’s cheapest new car at RM22,000 on-the-road before insurance, was launched on June 15. It’s essentially a re-introduction of the first-generation Axia, which has always been available in a bare-bones ‘driving school spec’ with a manual transmission. The current second-generation Axia starts from RM38,600 for the G.

The price reveal of the Axia E created quite a stir, with the RM22,000 RRP coming in lower than the 2022 price of RM24,090, before the old Axia was discontinued to make way for the current D74A Axia. Also, the price is the same for both Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah/Sarawak, a first for a Perodua model.

Turns out that the response was good, and the ready stock of the Axia E at launch flew off the yard in just two days. “Our recently launched Axia E was well received and our ready stock of 2,500 vehicles were completely distributed within 48 hours,” Perodua president and CEO Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Ahmad said when releasing the company’s first half of 2023 results.

RM22k Perodua Axia E sold out in two days – 2.5k units of Malaysia’s cheapest car distributed in 48 hrs

Bear in mind that this isn’t a limited edition and the ‘Rahmah Spec’ Axia will continue to be available. At the launch, Perodua said that it plans to sell 1,500 units of the Axia E monthly, a total that includes individual owners as well as fleet sales.

“While we do not dictate who our customers are, we believe that having this model would be a welcome option by majority of Malaysians. The Axia E has been market tested and proven over years and we believe that this variant would serve its current role of giving motorcycle owners an opportunity to own a new car,” Zainal said last month at the launch.

“Based on our discussions with local financial institutions, we found that it only takes RM300 per month to pay the hire purchase cost of owning the Axia E. This is the same cost that would take for someone to buy a brand-new motorcycle on hire purchase,” he added.

RM22k Perodua Axia E sold out in two days – 2.5k units of Malaysia’s cheapest car distributed in 48 hrs

The new Axia E is a lot like the version released in 2019, but with the face of the 2017 model. Granite Grey joins the usual Glittering Silver and Ivory White to make it three paint options. As before, you get 14-inch steel wheels, power windows, manual AC, two airbags, folding rear seats, Isofix child seat anchors and an analogue speedometer with a digital fuel gauge.

The list of things it doesn’t get include a rev counter, radio/speakers, central locking, remote locking, VSC and ABS, among other things. The powertrain is the familiar 1KR-VE 1.0L triple with 67 hp/91 Nm, paired to a five-speed manual. It’s a very kosong car, but you’d expect it to be for RM22k. At least you don’t have to manually wind down the windows!

Here’s some trivia. At RM22,000, today’s Axia E is actually cheaper than Perodua’s first car, the Kancil, which went on sale back in 1994 at around RM25,000. Shocking, isn’t it? Can you live with this level of basic? Full specs and details of the Axia E here.

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Comments

  • Peppa on Jul 07, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    I must say, this thing will be the most ‘reliable’ car ever made. Whether you like it or not

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    • Civic Type L(ol) on Jul 07, 2023 at 3:29 pm

      My 1st gen Axia Advance lost it compressor the moment warranty hit and end. Welp, Perodua decided to extend it’s warranty period, I was so delighted. But the service centre informed me my grocery getter was just past it’s 150,000km mark by a couple hundreds, wtf!!. That doesn’t look like coincidence at all!! Planned obsolescence at it finest!!! Dumped that car to my sister for a brand new compact SUV that yet to give me any headache past it’s warranty.

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      • Peppa on Jul 08, 2023 at 10:35 am

        Are Honda fans always this low and stupid?

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        • Civic Type L(ol) on Jul 08, 2023 at 2:32 pm

          I’m mocking Honda’s halo car in my user name, but being claimed a fan? Now we know who’s stupid one. Anyway, I had to wait until the next month for new spare part. Yess, 1 month without a/c in scorching Malaysian weather!! I thought it would be fine since I’m used to touring around peninsula on my bike fully suited, but this Axia i is tard slower than my bike to even blow any wind into cabin. Perodua replace the compressor at approximately 1K of my hard earned money. Nvm, they did gave me a consoling nasi lemak while waiting, so there’s that.

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      • Final on Jul 08, 2023 at 9:35 pm

        Compressor kong after 150k km?
        Oklah tu.

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      • stupid civic type L on Jul 11, 2023 at 12:06 am

        agreed with peppa, u are kind of stupid for complaining about problems after reaching the 150k km mark

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      • EconomyMinded on Jul 14, 2023 at 2:44 pm

        Before you compare Axia with your brand new compact SUV, compare also the price-lah. You can buy 5 Axia E with the same money you pay for your SUV.

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    • Sohai on Jul 07, 2023 at 4:29 pm

      Wont spoil because it has nothing to spoil.

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    • Ex Proton Fanboi on Jul 07, 2023 at 5:05 pm

      Proton, please take a note!

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    • Tin Kosong Tian Chua on Jul 07, 2023 at 5:35 pm

      Ka Siong said this is the most ‘tin kosong” car with virtually no safety features besides the 2 airbags.
      Thats why his party is sitting out of elections now…sulking badly that Ahlokekor/Datuk Zainal didnt consult him.

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      • Rakyat Malaysia on Jul 08, 2023 at 4:23 pm

        Sad to see that P2 is taking advantage of desperate rakyats that has no choice and no options when we are dealing everyday with high inflations, shrinking RM, OPR hikes, cost of everything went up, job losses, and families in distressed, while having to feed this useless Gomen that is incompetently running down the country with inaction on their promises and prioritising the rich rather than the poor.

        I bet 99% of this Axia E are bought meant for Grab car and other ride hailing jobs, since the Gomen has failed the rakyat it is left to us to find our own way out of their shithole they created.

        Dr Wee was correct, this deathtrap is not suited for families and Loke has failed his job to prevent this.

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        • You already lack credibility on Jul 10, 2023 at 10:13 am

          In 1 of your earlier comments, you claimed that under bossku back in early 2018, the exchange rate was USD1 to RM2.50, and that under PN back in late 2020, the exchange rate is USD1 to RM3.50. But your claims were found to be not true after checking with https://tradingeconomics.com/usdmyr:cur
          Thus you already lack credibility. However, your comments do provide some light entertainment.

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        • Any safety issues with driving school Axia E? on Jul 10, 2023 at 11:05 am

          Recently spoken to some sekolah memandu driving instructors to ask them about the Axia E safety issues with inexperienced novice learner students. They said they didn’t experience any major accidents where the students lost control due to absence of ABS & VSC. They believe this is because the students tend to focus extra attention & care to what they were doing on the road. Sadly, they’ve heard of some students who later started having bad driving habits after they got their full license. They were also surprised that the Ayer Hitam MP had made a lot noise about the present relaunched Axia E having no ABS & VSC because he didn’t make the same noise about the Axia E batches that were manufactured without ABS & VSC during his tenure as the transport minister from 2020 to 2022.

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  • This further proves that people want lower priced car and not your more expensive new model.

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    • fuckcars on Jul 12, 2023 at 7:02 pm

      replace ‘want’ with ‘need’. There is no alternative to car besides motorcycle. I tried to use bicycle, its certain death

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  • munkay on Jul 07, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    no ABS…incredible

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  • ERIKO on Jul 07, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    This is good effort to help more Malaysians upgrade from dangerous motor to car and also to make cars affordable to all. Well done

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  • hazri on Jul 07, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    biasalah, apa yang murah semuanya laku kat malaysia ni.

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    • LawakKing on Jul 08, 2023 at 9:43 am

      Betul tu bro. Sebab ekonomi Malaysia teruk dan ramai yang miskin lagi. Bila orang asing datang lawat Malaysia dan lihat kebanyakkan kereta kita kat jalan raya adalah keta kancil, saga, iswara, nissan sunny buruk, wira, myvi dll, malu Malaysia. Cuba gi Dubai, China, New york dll, keta mewah merata rata. Tesla dan Audi cam keta biasa je kat sana. Rasanya sama macam bila kita lawat India atau Bangladesh. Apa nak buat, menteri kita kebanyakkan OKU. Dia buat duit dari rakyat dan bukan sebaliknya

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      • hazri on Jul 10, 2023 at 9:33 pm

        wow not fair want to compare malaysia with dubai, china, new york. which india or bangladesh part you went to? i think most indian and bangladeshian feel grateful if they can stay here in malaysia. wait, not fair to generalize all menteris are same. our country is 66 years. so much corruption and damages have be done. trillion debt. it not easy to settle everything in just 5 years. just give they time la. to be a country like you said, all drive tesla and audi, first all state in malaysia at least should be maju like penang and selangor. if 30 years kelantan and terengganu still same, just dream on la. oh ya, the country you said there is no proton. no protection. so since 20-30 years ago, our country can not developed well because of that man. you know who.

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    • Peppa on Jul 08, 2023 at 10:37 am

      Okay la tu daripada kau jadi penjilat china

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  • this is what i call a car. honest and simple engineering. engine, body, wheels, that’s it. current cars are too electronic this and electronic that.

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    • Bossku on Jul 09, 2023 at 3:50 pm

      engineering?? i don’t think there is much “engineering” going on to assemble a 4-wheel MyDin shopping trolley…but then again, it is still an upgrade over Honda Cub!!

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  • plenty stock available no waiting list on Jul 07, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    marketing gimmick

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    • Sohai on Jul 09, 2023 at 10:34 am

      Half truth.
      All the units were completely distributed to the dealers, that was the statement, and that was true.
      On the ground, if you want white colour, there is still stock from the dealership. Waiting list is piling up for grey and silver thou.
      Before this relaunch, this model is made available in low quantity, and waiting list was up to 6 months. So is not surprising the 2500 is being snapped up quickly.

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      • Angery Waiting since 2023 now 2024 on Mar 05, 2024 at 6:42 pm

        now waiting list up to 1-2 years , dunno what the heck is P2 even doing

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  • Chinaman on Jul 07, 2023 at 4:05 pm

    as chinese saying, hungry dogs fighting over droppings

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  • Turun padang & buka mata besar2 on Jul 07, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    Can someone tell the former transport minister how good this car has been selling even without ABS and etc

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  • Romeo on Jul 07, 2023 at 4:27 pm

    Excellent 5000Euro vehicle, with spare tyre and A/C+ made of real steel.

    cant even get at Europe, not even liscence free snail speed A/C-less Plastic micro car.

    Jealous.

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  • type R Asia on Jul 07, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    When u hear a loud screech from behind up your ass, u know it’s axia type R doing a stoppie behind ya! Hahaha

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  • nmpk murah tp tak berbaloi dgn harga. Dorg nk untung je. Tapi boleh la klau betul2perlu tambah fikir safety dan selesa lebih

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    • Anti idiot on Jul 08, 2023 at 10:38 am

      Tak berbaloi? Benak tu simpan sikit. Dah terang2 kau bukan dalam target demographic kereta ni

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      • kau yg benak. dorg nk utung dgn memperdayakan org bawahan yg susah. bagi spec yg tak lengkap berbanding seblum ni. spec murah sblm ni pun ada abs ngok kau la

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        • P2 Untung on Jul 10, 2023 at 10:16 am

          ya betul. Kurang 2k tapi spec lagi kurang.
          Engine bay dan wheel arch tak cat. Lagi insulation kat bumbung dah buang. Pakai masa hujan, tak boleh dengar langsung org bercakap.
          Bumper bagi yang old fashion.

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  • No abs no cry on Jul 07, 2023 at 5:17 pm

    Macam ok jer kete ni, but E spec AT version got kah? No more old 4at gearbox left stock?

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  • Phuddi sung lee on Jul 07, 2023 at 5:46 pm

    Perodua this type of statements force me to accept the fact that ***hi accidents ratios and more no to semi skilled drivers on road***and results would be catastrophic

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  • IDontBelieveYou on Jul 07, 2023 at 5:53 pm

    Bravo. At a time when foreign brands have a long waiting list, those of us who cannot afford to have our car breakdown even for one day would pick this car up even if we are reluctant to drive a manual. Very smart on the part of Perodua. This could be called seizing opportunity in crisis.

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  • Stone on Jul 07, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    Have to agree. It will be reliable because it doesn’t have electronics to go haywire. So maintenance and repair costs will be low too.

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  • Apa kereta tak apa, janji ada.

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    • Janji ada keranda bergerak

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      • contoh terbaik keranda bergerak on Jul 10, 2023 at 10:17 am

        https://paultan.org/2023/07/06/2023-toyota-alphard-vellfire-open-for-booking-in-malaysia/

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  • Buyer on Jul 07, 2023 at 10:54 pm

    For RM22,000 it’s a good buy (contrary to the RM38,600 for the Axia mark II).

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  • Sparcov on Jul 08, 2023 at 12:12 am

    If my late Grandpa still alive, he will definitely buy this. No hard feeling or disrespectful. It is because he does not know how to drive an automatic car. All the brand new car in Malaysia does not come with manual gear 3 pedal anymore not too include does performance car.

    His last car before he left the world is a Perodua Viva Elite. He is being a loyal Perodua owner starting from Kancil GX, Kelisa, Myvi 1st Gen and lastly Viva.

    He always told me that it is a reputable 3 cylinder engine produced by Daihatsu.

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  • I bought a kosong Kelisa back in 2005. Manual transmission, 850 cc engine, 13″ steel wheels, NO power windows, NO airbags, NO ABS, NO VSC, NO power steering, NO central locking, NO remote locking, zilch, nada, yilek. But it has a crappy head unit able to play cassette tapes and radio, plus a couple of pitiful RM10 pasar malam grade front speakers. Cost me RM31.8K IIRC, so this kosong Axia is a way better deal at a much cheaper price. Of course later I had my kosong Kelisa tarted up with a nice 1-DIN Sony CD head unit, 4 Sony speakers, plus a monoblock amplifier with a 10″ subwoofer in a box mounted in the boot. Plus a cheap accessory shop central locking system with a remote. Lasted me up to a few kilometres short of 500K km on its original engine for 18 years, having sold it off just a few months ago in good running condition

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  • Chong Or Pei on Jul 08, 2023 at 2:21 am

    It also suggests there is a price for “life”. Everyone cries out when a new car is launched “in the 2020s without safety features”, yet, because of the so-called economy or the people who “must have a car on the cheap”, we can sell these death trips without batting an eyelid. Disgusting.

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  • Junkies otr on Jul 08, 2023 at 10:33 am

    Good, traffic jam increase. Pls scrap cars above 20yrs

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  • Return of the KING model on Jul 08, 2023 at 11:48 am

    A segment King forever

    HOW safe is the car is prerogative of the car drivers

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  • Rm22k and you can be your own boss driving grab. Where can you find this deal?

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  • Netizen on Jul 09, 2023 at 9:44 am

    Try change the body panel to plastic. Make it even cheaper. But manufacturing might takes longer time. idk. Or make the back seat optional.

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  • Sell n deliver should be 48hrs

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  • Rugi teruk on Jul 11, 2023 at 11:31 am

    After 5 years trade in value 8k. Rugi 16k. Should have bought 4at at 33k, after 5 years better resale value n easier to sell. Somemore enjoy driving auto car, also more presentable.

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    • Rm22k also talk resale value? Rugi everything also rm22k only mah.
      Plus if you search the resale market, a 5 year old manual can fetch at least rm15k easy. I don’t know where you get the 8k valuation.

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      • Yayapapaya on Jul 11, 2023 at 8:11 pm

        I wonder why rich people show off in this low cost car section. If you have this attitude, i dont think you are t20 that can disregard 22k. All rich people started very frugally.

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