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Proton S16 'cheapest car' to be launched in December

Read: Proton S16 Review. The Proton S16 sedan will become Australia’s cheapest car when it goes on sale in December for $11,990 drive away. The four-door sedan is powered by a 1.6-litre twin cam petrol engine, producing 82kW and averaging 6.3 litres/100km. Proton Cars Australia general manager of sales and operations Billy Falconer says the S16 is a unique prospect and offers great value for Australian motorists...

Proton set for possible management buyout

Proton chairman Datuk Mohd Nadzmi Salleh told Malaysian press this week that there is potential for a management buyout of the country’s national car maker. Mr Mohd Nadzmi said Proton had struggled to maintain it’s domestic market share and produce new models, but that he is willing to assist management with a buyout plan believing the company is financially strong and able to succeed...

Proton Jumbuck, Great Wall SA220 & V240 ANCAP results

Australia’s leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has issued crash test results for three imported utes on the Australian market. All three scored poorly. The highly anticipated Great Wall Motors SA220 and V240 utes from China received only two-stars out of a possible five, while the Malaysian Proton Jumbuck ute only rated a single star...

Proton S16 announced as new low cost sedan

Proton has announced the name and the on sale date for its new entry level sedan, which promises to be the lowest cost four door sedan on the Australian market. The new Proton, to be known as the S16 in Australia, will officially go on sale on November 1 and will sell for a drive away price under $13,000...

Proton Exora announced as group returns to profit

Proton has returned to the black with a pre-tax profit of almost A$25 million for the first quarter of the Malaysian financial year - a 9.7 per cent gain on the same quarter last year. The group says its improved performance was the result of a better product blend which also helped to minimise the impact of a decline in Malaysian car sales during the period...

Proton Jumbuck axed after seven years

Proton has announced that its Jumbuck utility model, as currently on long-term loan to CarAdvice, will be phased out over the next few months ahead of the launch of an all new model. The company introduced the current model Jumbuck as a low cost half tonne pick up in early 2003 based on the previous model Persona sedan, a car which utilised superseded Mitsubishi design and technology...

Proton announce drive away pricing in August

Proton has today announced drive away deals on selected models this August ahead of the launch of new and updated models over the coming months. The Savvy five-door manual hatch is being offered at $13,990 (drive away) during August while automatic models are just $1,000 more...

Proton brings forward release of Australia's cheapest sedan

Proton has confirmed the release of Australia's lowest priced sedan for October this year to coincide with its new lower cost entry variants across the entire Proton passenger car range. The new low-cost sedan was originally slated for early 2010 but will now be brought to market four months early as part of a cost efficiency onslaught from the Malaysian car maker...

Proton Satria Neo Super 2000 ready for IRC

Proton have officially unveiled its Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) ready Satria Neo Super 2000 at a two-day rally festival held at historic Chatsworth House in the UK. The team, with two-times British rally champion Guy Wilks and co-driver Phil Pugh, will be piloting the Neo S2000 which has been designed and built by British team Mellors Elliot Motorsport (MEM)...

Proton hires German quality expert

Proton has today announced the appointment of a new Director of Quality, ex-BMW man Dr Wolfgang Karl Epple. According to Proton's managing director, Syed Zainal, the company believes that with Dr Epple's strong technical, managerial expertise and leadership he will be able to drive the quality transformation process for the Proton Group...

Proton signs up to produce EVs

Proton, in conjunction with Detroit Electric Holdings, have announced a strategic licensing and contract assembly agreement that will allow Detroit Electric to utilise Proton platforms for the production of Electric Vehicles. Under the agreement Proton will license the use of its Persona and Gen2 to Detroit Electric to build its Pure Electric Vehicles (PEV) for the global market...