Perodua Sedan

  • New Perodua Sedan mentioned in stock research reports – second half, August 2016 launch


    We’ve seen and heard plenty of Proton’s upcoming A- and B-segment sedans, the new Saga and new Persona. But what about the sedan that will go head-to-head with the Protons, the sedan that market leader Perodua is planning?

    It’s typical of the Rawang-based carmaker to keep plans under wraps until the final moments, when things are already finalised; and company bosses are very guarded when quizzed by journalists, with the usual smile, non-committal answer and “tunggulah” by president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh. The same questions have been met with the same answers at P2 press conferences for years now. It’s a big contrast from how things are done over at Proton.

    As the Malay saying goes, diam-diam ubi berisi, and this piece of ubi should be pretty heavy. Till now, no timeline has been officially offered with regards to the sedan’s market launch, but now, mentions of the “Perodua Sedan” have appeared in stock research reports.

    Maybank Investment Bank’s research report on major Perodua stakeholder MBM Resources Bhd (MBMR) predicts a “tale of two halves” for the stock, where the second half of 2016 will be boosted by the launch of Perodua’s first sedan. Besides having a direct stake in P2, MBMR distributes Perodua cars via DMM Sales, and is also a major shareholder in P2 vendors Autoliv Hirotako and wheel-maker Oriental Metal Industries.

    The same research house also mentioned the Perodua sedan in a note on leather upholstery supplier Pecca Group Bhd, which appeared in The Edge Financial Daily. The key catalyst for Pecca’s financial year 2017 growth would be contribution from the Perodua sedan, Maybank Investment Bank said.

    “We expect this model to be priced from RM32,000 to RM40,000 range to compete with Proton Saga, which accounted for about 40,000 to 45,000 units in market size in 2015. In our projection for MBMR, we expect Perodua to sell 15,000 units of the sedan model in 2016, beginning August — conservative in our view — and 30,000 units in 2017,” it added.

    So, the second half of 2016 and more specifically, August 2016, would be when Perodua’s first sedan surfaces, according to the analysts. This would throw it in the same arena, at the same time, as Proton’s new Saga and new Persona sedans, if the latter’s plans aren’t beset by the usual delays.

    What we know for sure is that the design of the sedan will be led by Perodua, as it’s not based on any current Daihatsu model. The in-house upper body design will sit on a proven Daihatsu platform, while engines will be from the Japanese company’s stable (Daihatsu now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota, share exchange will be completed in August).

    Proton is readying not one, but two compact sedans for 2H 2016; from L-R: new Saga, new Persona

    “Based on our more than 20 years of partnership, Daihatsu has allowed Perodua to be more involved in the design and development of our vehicles. In this process there has been transfer of technical and engineering knowledge as well as transfer of technologies,” Aminar told at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

    “We would like to leverage on Daihatsu’s more than 100 years of experience in the automotive industry to remain relevant and competitive,” he added, affirming the relationship between Perodua and its Japanese partner. Daihatsu has a 20% stake in Perodua and more significant shareholding in the manufacturing side of P2’s business.

    Perodua having a growing design role in local models is nothing new, and is a continuation of the trend from the Myvi and Axia. It is something that Daihatsu encourages, too. “Having the car’s upper body designed by Perodua will create a better product that suits the Malaysian market,” Daihatsu Motor Company’s senior managing executive officer Shigeharu Toda told us at the same TMS 2015 function.

    It will be an interesting second half for the industry and Malaysian car buying public, that’s for sure. May the best local sedan win.

    GALLERY: Perodua Buddyz Concept from KLIMS 13

  • Perodua D63D sedan rendered based on Buddyz


    In case you’ve missed it, it’s a go – the Perodua sedan, codenamed D63D, has officially been given the green light, as recently revealed by president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid. Now in the prototype stage, Perodua is evaluating the engine, platform and gearbox for the project it’s sort of taking the lead on, since no sedan currently exists in the Daihatsu universe.

    The finished product could surface anytime between 2016 and 2018, and will have an upper body designed completely in-house by Perodua. The carmaker is also targeting a five-star NCAP safety rating here – does this mean the sedan will be the first Perodua ever to get electronic stability control (ESC)?


    Theophilus Chin has rendered yet another Perodua sedan – his second sedan based on KLIMS13’s Buddyz concept. But while his first Buddyz effort involved very minor tweaks (the car still looked like a concept), this one packs sensible wing mirrors, projector headlamps connected to a slim grille, vertical LED DRLs/fog lamps, a bee-sting antenna, a rear diffuser-like element and a rather generic-looking rump.

    Of course, several Buddyz cues remain, such as the tall, angular roofline and the GT-R-like front haunches (I am so sorry, Godzilla fans). The rendering maestro also famously created the Jaguh brochure hoax in 2013, which involved reskinning a Toyota Etios. He has also rendered an A-segment Perodua sedan and one based on the Myvi facelift.

    Perodua Buddyz concept at KLIMS13

  • Perodua D63D sedan approved, out as soon as 2016


    Perodua sedan imagined by Theophilus Chin based on Myvi facelift

    Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid has revealed some details regarding the upcoming Perodua sedan – which we now know to be codenamed D63D – at the ongoing Myvi 10th Anniversary drive event. For the record, the codenames are D54T for the Myvi, D46T for the Alza and D87A for the Axia.

    The sedan has been approved and is now in the prototype stage. Perodua is already evaluating the engine, platform and transmission. The platform employed should be an existing Toyota/Daihatsu platform, although there’s no indication yet on which one it could be.

    No such car (sedan) exists in the current Daihatsu universe, so Perodua will sort of be taking the lead on this project. The upper body, for instance, will be completely designed in-house by Perodua.

    Aminar also revealed that Perodua is targeting a five-star NCAP safety rating with the sedan – it was not mentioned, but the NCAP is likely to be ASEAN NCAP. If so, this means electronic stability control is planned for the new Perodua D63D sedan, since ESC is a must-have for a five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating. If it gets it, the new sedan will be the first Perodua ever to offer ESC.

    “(Translated) Not this year. Next year maybe, or even the year after that. But not 2019 or 2020,” was Aminar’s reply on when the new sedan will debut.

    Talk of P2 considering a sedan has been buzzing about for quite some time. There was KLIMS10’s Bezza concept and KLIMS13’s Buddyz concept, the latter of which Theo tweaked a bit. The rendering maestro also famously created the Jaguh brochure hoax in 2013, which involved reskinning a Toyota Etios. He has also rendered an A-segment Perodua sedan.

    GALLERY: Perodua Bezza at KLIMS 2010

    GALLERY: Perodua Buddyz at KLIMS 2013

  • Perodua sedan based on Myvi facelift rendered!


    Master automotive manipulator Theophilus Chin has visualised a Perodua sedan based on the 2015 Myvi facelift. From what he says on his site, he isn’t too happy with it – deeming it a “fail attempt,” he believes the actual vehicle will look better, judging by the looks of the Axia and the Myvi.

    Well, we actually think this is Theo’s best-looking attempt yet at a four-door Perodua! He’s used the Myvi 1.3‘s tamer face here, which surely avoids an overstyled front end. The side profile is no less appealing too, with a low-ish shoulder line, black window frames and an upswept lower swage line adorning a simple but pleasing silhouette.

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    The rear is perhaps the most visually interesting part – a classy chrome bar bridges the gap between Audi-esque tail lamps that emit a warm red glow. There’s a cheeky ridge at the edge of the boot lid, and the rear bumper incorporates some SE-ish vents, separated by a subtle depression.

    Talk of P2 considering a sedan has been buzzing about for quite some time. There was KLIMS10’s Bezza concept and KLIMS13’s Buddyz concept, the latter of which Theo tweaked a bit. The rendering maestro also famously created the Jaguh brochure hoax in 2013, which involved reskinning a Toyota Etios. He has also rendered an A-segment Perodua sedan.

  • Perodua Buddyz sedan tweaked by Theophilus Chin

    Buddyz front 3_4

    The original Perodua Buddyz – front view

    Modified Perodua Buddyz – front view

    Perodua’s sales success could potentially be even bigger if they had a sedan in the model range. It would certainly steal some sales from the likes of the Vios and Almera. We know it and they know it too, which is why they came up with a sedan concept in the first place. The long awaited first view at what could potentially be Perodua’s first sedan finally happened at KLIMS13.

    When we first saw the Perodua Buddyz concept, we had mixed reactions towards it to say the least. It did not look like a car that was designed as a sedan from ground up – it ended up looking more like a Myvi notchback, similiar to how Maruti Suzuki created a Suzuki Swift Dzire sedan out of a Suzuki Swift. And then there was the Nissan Latio sedan as well, and who can forget the second-generation Honda City.

    These hatchback-turned-sedan things don’t always look the best because they have odd-looking rooflines, especially if the hatch that they were crafted out from was a tall roof type of hatch.

    Buddyz back 3_4

    The original Perodua Buddyz – rear view

    Modified Perodua Buddyz – rear view

    So we wondered if the Buddyz could look better if it did not have the typical tall roof of Perodua’s other cars. Theophilus Chin created these modified images within a few hours last night, and we think it kinda looks better now, although still very much concept car-ish.

    Theophilus Chin is no stranger to the subject of a Perodua sedan – earlier this year his fake Perodua Jaguh sedan brochures went viral around the internet. That particular Perodua sedan was based on the entry-level Toyota Etios sedan, and despite it being a hoax we all thought that would be the most natural way for Perodua to create a sedan, since the Etios was an entry-level car targeted at markets such as India and Southeast Asia.

    What do you think, should Perodua proceed with the Buddyz concept or create a more traditional looking sedan? Let us know in the comments below. Live gallery, video and report from KLIMS13 here.

  • Perodua Buddyz concept sedan debuts at KLIMS13

    Perodua GMS Buddyz-23

    Taking pride of place at Perodua’s KLIMS13 stand is a concept optimistically called the Global Model Sedan (GMS) Buddyz. Targeted at Gen Y and Gen Z consumers, the four-door study features a clean, angular shape with striking lighting elements.

    The Buddyz is widely believed to hint at a future production sedan by Perodua, which, we’re told, is entering the second phase of its feasibility study. Remember the Perodua Bezza concept from KLIMS 2010? This is an evolution of the Bezza following consumer feedback.

    Perodua says the Buddyz is “the perfect combination of local and global automotive trends.” The front end evidently derives more than a couple of aesthetic elements from the Myvi, albeit dressed up with blue LEDs on the headlamps and sides of the front bumper. Round the back, red LEDs run across the bootlid.

    The even more space-age cabin is claimed to be a fusion of “architectural design and discerning home decor”. There’s a swooping, ‘floating’ dashboard with no centre stack, a control dial on the centre console with an engine start button and a central display screen.

    The driver looks at a futuristic two-layer instrument panel through a funky, slightly oblong-shaped steering wheel with audio switches and shift paddles. Those foot pedals are unique, to say the least, and there are screens built into the backs of the front seats.

    We’re told the Buddyz isn’t based on any existing platform used by Perodua, and that the concept sedan has been developed from the ground up by a team of local designers led by Muhamad Zamuren Musa, representing a step towards the development of its own platform.

  • Perodua sedan concept set to debut at KLIMS 2013


    Perodua has teased the sedan concept that it will be exhibiting at KLIMS13 via its website.

    As we only have outlines of the car to look at for now, we can’t make out much, but the front end does bear a family resemblance to the new Perodua Myvi. The headlamps are sharper than the Myvi’s, but the way the front grille meets the headlamps is similar.

    The car doesn’t look like it has a particularly large boot, instead having more of a notchback design. We’re curious to check out the concept in real life to see if Perodua has pulled off the sedan roofline well.

    We’ll be covering the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013 extensively as we always do, so check back for our coverage later this week.

  • Perodua Jaguh sedan ‘leaked’ – but is likely a fake

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    Hold on to your horses, folks. This isn’t quite the big revelation it appears to be. An alleged picture of the ‘leaked’ Perodua Jaguh sedan (above) has been spreading like wildfire on the Net, with many publications and websites, both international and local, reporting it to be the genuine article. It’s a sensational reveal if it is, but we have our reservations, so don’t get too excited just yet.

    While the possibility of a Perodua sedan is very real indeed – company officials have said that they’re studying the idea of going down the sedan route – the leaked brochure seems less so. The car in question is tightly based on a Toyota Etios, with a Perodua face grafted on it. That’s not such a far-fetched dream by any means, as rumours of Perodua rebadging/re-engineering that model for local consumption is a familiar one.

    The brochure’s bottom plane of select highlights is less convincing, though. The “4 star MyVAP safety rating” is questionable enough (ASEAN NCAP has now superseded the old car safety assessment programme), but look further and you’ll see that there’s also mention of a “sliding 2nd row seats”. On a sedan. Alarm bells, anyone?

    Another damning evidence is the fact that we’ve seen this list of features before – on the promotional material of the Perodua Alza Advanced Version. Take a look yourself: we have a scanned copy of the said (and very real) brochure here.

    So there you go. This is not the Perodua sedan you’re looking for. But it sure looks good, though, doesn’t it?

  • Perodua talk of going the sedan route continues

    The talk that Perodua is mulling the possibility of producing sedan cars in the near future has resurfaced. It was initially reported in February that the second national car company was looking to go down the path of building cars with an engine capacity larger than 1.5 litres.

    The company’s managing director Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh told reporters yesterday that Perodua was currently studying the idea, but didn’t elaborate on details. “This is my aspiration. If there is opportunity and allowed by our partners and shareholders, this is what we would like to do,” he said.

    The company showcased a sedan concept called the Bezza at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show back in 2010, but going down the sedan route will quite possibly see the involvement of a JV with UMW Holdings, according to reports. Incidentally, the rendering above is Theophilus Chin’s take on a Toyota Etios with Perodua badging.

    Aminar added that Perodua would not be heading down the hybrid or electric vehicle path. “It’s expensive to build these cars and we don’t have the technology and research and development facilities,” he stated.

  • Perodua to go the sedan and above 1.5L capacity route?

    According to a report, Perodua is expected to obtain permission soon from the government to build cars with an engine capacity larger than 1.5 litres, which it has up to now been unable to do under the limitations tabled in the original arrangement between the government and the company when it was set up in 1993.

    The ongoing arrangement dictates that Perodua is only allowed to produce compact cars with an engine capacity of under 1.5 litres. The NST report quotes an unnamed source, who said that the existing arrangement was being reviewed as part of the revision of the National Automotive Policy (NAP).

    Toyota Etios with Perodua badging by Theophilus Chin

    The source said that if the revised agreement yields positive results, Perodua will be able to begin assembling and producing cars with engine capacities ranging from 1.6 litres to 1.8 litres, effectively marking the beginning of the company’s venture in the sedan segment, the report adds.

    The source also hinted that the new models with larger engine capacity would probably be prototyped along the lines of the Bezza concept, which made its debut at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show in 2010 as a show car.

    He added that the introduction of new cars in the segment can be seen as a logical step and consistent with the increased demand for sedan choices among first-time car buyers in the country, but added that the company would not be reducing its focus on the production of compact cars.


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