Seems like everything I am posting about today has got something todo with the Australian International Motor Show starting this thursday. One of the less than regular car manufacturers that is returning to the show after a good 7 year absence is Malaysian owned Proton. The Government owned manufacturer (which also owns Lotus) is set to unveil it’s new generation Satria three-door hatch in Australia for the first time.
The new generation Proton Satria is the final component in the company’s first wave of self designed cars joining the five door Gen2 and the stylish Savvy city car. The replacement Satria is due to be brought to market in Australia sometime in February 2007 and is built on an all new platform, developed from scratch by Proton.
Satria will be powered by a 1.6 litre Proton Campro twin cam multi-valve engine in Australia. The new Proton Satria’s exterior design presents a muscular and sporty image with headlights that project the company’s ‘tiger eye’ family design first seen on the Proton Gen2.
According to Proton Cars Australia managing director, Mr John Startari, the new Satria promises to deliver a stylish package and provides the company with a strong rationale to re-enter the Sydney Motor Show.
“This will be a very significant vehicle for Proton in Australia and will add to our overall market volume particularly with new dealers set to come on line in Sydney where it will have strong appeal,” said Mr Startari.
“It is by far the best looking and sharpest designed Proton yet and will arouse an enormous amount of interest when it goes on sale in February,” he said.
Proton will also show a special Satria design exercise known as Desire. Satria Desire is a wild styling exercise that perhaps provides a hint of what is to come with the much anticipated second generation Satria GTi. Along with the new Satria, Proton will also showcase Benji Marshall’s Gen2, which has been “pimped” according to Benji’s own specifications, including scissor hinge front doors, a wild paint job, full house stereo with AV system and hydraulic suspension.
The Proton stand will also highlight the other models in the lineup, Savvy, Gen2 and Jumbuck.
You can find additional information on the 2007 Proton Satria