Perhaps noting a recent news report that replacement parts for the Proton Wira, a popular model sold between 1993 and 2009, will no longer be produced by the various suppliers after 2018, Perodua has issued a statement to assure owners of the previous generation of the Myvi that they will still be able to get replacement parts for some time to come.
Over 519,000 units of the second generation Myvi were produced between May 2011 and October 2017, and most are still in use around Malaysia. As such, their owners will be requiring new parts from time to time to replace those damaged due to accidents.
“For our customers’ safety, convenience and peace-of-mind, we are giving our commitment to them that we will continue to produce high-quality and affordable parts for their Perodua vehicles,” said Perodua Auto Corporation Sdn Bhd President, Takahashi Masanori.
He revealed that the production of parts for the second-generation model have been assigned to other companies, among them a leading Perodua vendor, IQM Sdn Bhd. The company manufactures body parts such as bonnets, doors, fenders, quarter panels and roofs.
“Being already a manufacturer of Viva parts since production of the model ended in 2014, IQM was a natural choice for this project,” Mr. Masanori said. A supplier of metal stamping, body assembly parts and brake tube components to Perodua, IQM began manufacturing service parts for the Viva in 2014, after production of the model ended. Viva parts are still being produced today at IQM’s Tanjung Malim facility.
For now, the Myvi Service Parts Line at IQM’s factory in Tanjung Malim, Perak, produces only body components owing to their high demand. Engine parts for the second-generation Myvi continue to be produced in batches at Perodua’s complex near Rawang, Selangor, while other parts are produced by various vendors.
Besides the second-generation Myvi and Viva, original parts for the first-generation Myvi, the Kelisa and even the Kancil continue to be produced by vendors in Malaysia to this day.
Generally, it has been the practice of the auto industry globally for manufacturers to continue to supply parts for models for a period of 10 years after the last unit was produced. These parts may be produced by the manufacturer at its own plants or assigned to other companies, some of which may have also been producing the same parts while the model was in production.
Depending on the volume of old units still in use and the potential demand for replacement parts, some companies may also decide to make stamped body parts for popular models.
One of these is New Hoong Fatt in Klang, Selangor, which has been making metal and plastic parts of many old models (among them the Nissan Sunny 130Y sold In Malaysia between 1983 and 1996) for the Malaysian market as well as for exports since 1989. However, these parts are not endorsed by the manufacturers of the old models.