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Proton Australia launching flagship sedan in September

Proton Australia will launch an all-new flagship sedan in September following the Malaysian small car’s unveiling in its domestic market in the coming weeks. Proton Australia managing director John Startari told CarAdvice the new model – codenamed P3-21A – will replace the compact Persona sedan in its line-up, but will be larger and considerably more advanced...

Lotus could be up for sale after Proton buyout: report

Lotus CEO Dany Bahar is looking for investors to buy Lotus, according to a Sunday Times report from the UK, after deals were made last week that saw the Malaysian Government sell off Proton - the owner of Lotus. Bahar is apparently after a partner that is prepared to buy the British sports car company for around $740 million, providing it with enough funds to support future Lotus projects...

Malaysian government sells Proton

The Malaysian government is selling 42.7 per cent of Proton Holdings Bhd to DRB-Hicom, a Malaysian automotive manufacturer and distributor, for 1.29 billion ringgit ($400 million). The deal is set to become the largest automotive takeover in Malaysia since 2000. Proton Holdings Bhd, also the owner of Lotus, is owned by the government through its investment holding arm Khazanah Nasional Bhd (KNBZ)...

Proton: New Cars 2012

Proton is set to launch a few updates this year, including a new Persona Elegance and the new Persona later in the year. Proton will also launch the new Exora MPV in Australia, introducing a cheap and cheerful model to the market segment. PROTON PERSONA ELEGANCE Vehicle type: Compact sedan. Timing: February The new Proton Persona Elegance will be a facelift of the current model...

Proton could sell Lotus stake: report

The Malaysian government-owned Proton Holdings Bhd may sell its stake in Lotus Group International, according to a recent Bloomberg report. Head of HwangDBS Investment Management Bhd, Gan Eng Peng, is one such investor who believes a sale is on the cards. Proton's profit dropped 76 per cent last quarter, fuelling earlier speculation that the company may sell off its Lotus share...

Proton's future plans discussed

If you’ve been wondering why you haven’t heard much about Proton this year, the Malaysian manufacturer has spent the entirety of 2011 working on its range of soon-to-be-released 'global cars'. Proton’s local operations have been keeping steady this year thanks to models such as the S16, which has been fighting the price war against the ever-expanding range of cheap Chinese cars...

2012 Proton S16 on sale in Australia in November 2011 with ABS, ESC, two airbags

The upgraded 2012 Proton S16 will go on sale in Australia in November with a number of new standard safety features.   The updated Proton S16 – known as the Proton Saga FLX in Malaysia, where it is the country’s best selling car – was launched late last month in its domestic market...

Proton Lekir concept based on Lotus Europa

The Proton Jebat might be a car enthusiasts would consider buying if the company decided to put it on the market. Sporting much of the same DNA as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, the Jebat would be an outright bargain. The parent company of Lotus might be offering another sports car to its Malaysian market too, in the form of this new Proton Lekir concept...

Proton Jebat Concept based on Mitsubishi Lancer Evo

Spot the difference. We know Mitsubishi has a partnership deal with Proton Motors in Malaysia. And we know the latest Proton Inspira is largely based on the Mitsubishi Lancer. But now there could be a cheaper alternative to the sporty turbocharged Lancer Evolution model. It's called the Protor Jebat Concept...

Proton Exora hybrid electric due in 2012

Malaysian car manufacturer Proton plans to begin mass production of a hybrid electric vehicle by 2012. Around 30 to 50 cars will undergo a second round of prototype testing in January 2011, following successful trials in Britain in September. The vehicle – the Proton Exora Range Extended Electric Vehicle – is being developed in collaboration with Lotus, LG, and British partner Fraser-Nash Research...

2011 Proton Inspira officially launched in Malaysia

Proton has just released images and details of the new Mitsubishi Lancer-based 2011 Proton Inspira, which has just been launched in Malaysia. The car comes in three different variants, two of which use a 1.8-litre engine - available in either auto or manual form - and also a 2.0-litre version - only available with an automatic CVT gearbox...