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Government-linked company
Industry Automotive
Founded 1993
Headquarters Serendah, Selangor, Malaysia
Area served
Southeast Asia
Key people
Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh (President and CEO)
Products Economy cars
Number of employees
Parent UMW Corporation (38%)
Daihatsu Motor Co. (20%)
Daihatsu (Malaysia) (5%)
MBM Resources (20%)
PNB Equity Resource
Mitsui & Co. (4.2%)
Mitsui & Co. (Asia Pacific) (2.8%)

The Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sendirian Berhad (Second Automobile Manufacturer Private Limited), usually abbreviated to Perodua /pəˈrɒdjə/, is Malaysia's largest car manufacturer closely followed by Proton. It was established in 1992 and launched their first car, the Perodua Kancil in August 1994.[1] 'M2' refers to the codename which was used when the project to establish Perodua was still top secret.

Initially, Perodua mainly produces minicars and superminis and does not have models in the same market segments as Proton. In recent years, their targeted market segments have started to overlap. Especially in the supercompact segment where the Perodua Myvi has fought off the Proton Savvy and is now competing with the Proton Iriz

Perodua do not design or engineer their main components, such as engine and transmission, in house. Their cars have historically used Daihatsu component designs. Daihatsu held a 20% stake in Perodua at the company's launch, increasing this to 25% in 2001 and then to 35%.[1] In 2004, Perodua started assembling the Toyota Avanza at their plant in Rawang, for sale in Malaysia.

Perodua sold over 207,100 vehicles in 2016, which was its highest ever sales record, and a highest ever market share of 35.7%.[2] It is planning to set up a second car manufacturing plant from the planned $770 million investments in the coming years.

Presently, Perodua's shareholders include the UMW Corporation (38%), Daihatsu Motor Co. (20%), Daihatsu (Malaysia) (5%), MBM Resources (20%), PNB Equity Resource Corporation (10%), Mitsui & Co. (4.2%) and Mitsui & Co. (Asia Pacific) (2.8%).[3][4]



The Perodua Myvi was the best-selling car in Malaysia for eight consecutive years, between 2006 and 2013 respectively.[5]

Perodua expected to become the largest manufacturer of compact cars in South-East Asia. By October 2005, it had produced a cumulative total of 1 million cars. By July 2008, it expected to 240,000 per year.[6]

As compared to Proton, Perodua has been quite successful in its business ventures. The automobile manufacturer is popular in Malaysia, with the Perodua Myvi having sold 80,327 units in 2006, outselling its rival's best selling car, the Proton Wira then, which sold only 28,886 units in Malaysia. In 2006–2010, Perodua was the best selling car company in Malaysia. In the first half of 2011, Proton instead overtook Perodua to be the best-selling brand that year. It was many years since the first national carmaker had been the best-selling and though part of the reason was that Perodua's supply in the second quarter was limited (due to phasing-out of the old Myvi) and also the problems caused by the amendments to the H-P Act, it was to be said that Proton's current line-up has drawn many customers, notably the core models Proton Saga and Proton Persona. Proton delivered 85,223 units to take a 28.7% share of the TIV while Perodua delivered 79,467 units, a difference of 5,756 units.[7]


In the United Kingdom, their cars were sold by some Proton dealers who wish to attract customers seeking a smaller and cheaper alternative to the Proton range. Sales numbers in the UK were small, however, and in 2008 Perodua sold only 624 cars (down from 914 in 2002) and insignificant compared to 2008 figures of 28,036 for Hyundai, 29,397 for SEAT. Sales were up slightly in 2009 (to 650) and then to 761 in 2010,[8] mainly due to the success of the new Perodua Myvi.[9] Besides the UK and Singapore, Perodua also exports their cars to Mauritius, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Cyprus, Malta, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Nepal, Fiji and the Republic of Ireland in small numbers by local dealers.

Current products in production[edit]

Former Products in Production[edit]



Corporate slogan[edit]

  • Kehebatan Yang Pasti (Excellence That Assured) (1997-2008)
  • "Building Cars, People First" (2008–present)
  • " Happy Motoring" (2000-2008)
  • " It's A Passion" (Myvi 2001 facelift)
  • " The Love Of The Nation" ( Myvi 1.5 SE)
  • " Versatile As You" (Alza 1.3/1.5)

Anniversary slogan[edit]

  • 10 Years of Excellence (Perodua's 10th anniversary slogan in 2003)
  • 20 Years of Driving Value and Beyond (Perodua's 20th anniversary slogan in 2013)


The original Perodua logo (1993-1998)

Perodua organised a competition in 1997 to find a new corporate logo, to be launched together with their upcoming model, tentatively known as the X555. The competition was won by Johnson Ng Weng Kuan, an architecture student from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Perodua officially launched the new corporate logo on 24 August 1998 when they launched Malaysia's first 4x4 vehicle, the Perodua Kembara.

The new logo maintains the 'P' and '2' and the colours of the old, squarish logo, but has been stylised further to become elliptical, which is more fluid and dynamic. The green colour represents social responsibility to the environment and the community, while the red colour symbolises the development of a competent workforce and resilience in meeting challenges in the globalised world. However, the emblems mounted on the company's latest cars have black in place of the green and red areas, with the chrome relief maintained as it was.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b World of Cars 2006·2007. Warsaw, Poland: Media Connection Sp. z o.o. 2006. p. 203. 
  2. ^ "Perodua in 2016 – 207,100 vehicles sold; highest ever market share with 35.7% of TIV; 6% growth in exports". 
  3. ^ "Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua - Corporate". 2017. Archived from the original on 8 October 2017. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  4. ^ "UMW Holdings Berhad - Corporate presentation - March 2017" (PDF). March 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 8 October 2017. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Sales of Perodua passenger vehicles in Malaysia, 1994 – 2013". 29 January 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Perodua set to be largest compact car maker in region". Daily Express. Retrieved 10 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "The car market after 6 months".  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "UK Auto Sales By Brand – 2010 Year End". Good Car Bad Car. 10 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Perodua Maintains Growth as Market Slows (press release)". Perodua UK. 18 August 2010. 

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