Malaysia-born car manufacturer Proton was founded in 1983. In Malay, Proton is acronym for Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional, meaning National Automobile Enterprise. Proton is a huge success for automobile industry in Malaysia. It is currently the owner of the famous sports cars maker Lotus.
The first Proton car was one of the most notable cars in Malaysia, the Proton Saga. It was based on technology and some parts from Mitsubishi. In 1993, Proton introduced one of the most significant Proton cars where more than 200,000 units were sold not just in Malaysia but Australia and UK. The handling of Proton Wira is just wonderful although it was based on the Mitsubishi Lancer or Colt. It was once said “A hundred thousand miles on the Proton engine will still keep the car go smooth”. At the same year, the only competitor for Proton was born too, the Perodua.
Proton gained immediate success in Malaysia and the brand expanded with a higher end market, the Proton Perdana. In 2001, we saw the birth of Proton Waja, which also known as Proton Impian in UK. The Proton Waja is the first Proton model designed by Proton.
Here is the list of Proton car models. (Some of the mentioned cars are not in this list.)
- Proton Gen-2 – The Gen-2 is the replacement for Proton Wira Aeroback.
- Proton Persona – Proton Persona was launched in 2007, it is the replacement for Proton Wira Sedan.
- Proton Saga – Proton Saga was first launched in 1985 and replaced with new outlook in 2008. Proton Saga has many models such as MPi, Knight, Aeroback, and Saga Iswara. The new Proton Saga is also known as Proton S16 GX.
- Proton Exora (2009 – present)
- Proton Inspria (2011 – ) – Proton Inspira is currently the latest Proton cars introduced to the market.
- Proton Savvy
- Proton Satria Neo (2006 – present) – Replacement for Proton Satria
- Proton Arena (2003 – present) – The Arena is also known as Proton Jumbuck.
Other than some of the cars in the list of Proton car models above, there are some other Proton cars where the production has stopped such as Proton Tiara (1996 – 2000), Proton Satria (1995 – 2005), and Proton Putra (1995 – 1999).
From Proton Saga to Proton Exora to Proton Inspira, Proton has expanded from Malaysia to UK, South Africa, Australia, Middle East, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Cyprus, Mauritius, and among others. In Australia, it is consider as one of the cheapest and reliable car available regardless of new or used cars. If you would like to know more about Proton cars, just logon to www.proton-edar.com.my (www.proton.com.my is not the right one) to checkout the current list of Proton car models and latest Proton cars for sale.
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