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Will the Proton X50 affect sales of Honda City and Toyota Vios?

The B-segment sedan market is a hotly contested segment, ever since the introduction of Toyota Vios back in 2002. It was created specifically to be sold in the ASEAN region, and with a starting price of RM 73,600, it was the cheapest non-national car to be sold in Malaysia, up until the launch of Toyota Avanza in 2004, with a price tag of RM 55,967. Toyota Vios With the booming popularity of the Vios, it was a matter of time before their closest rival Honda to come up with a worthy opponent, and

Zamil SyaheerZamil Syaheer

Mar 26, 2020

Proton aims to sell 4,000 units of Proton X50 for 2020, exports earliest by end-2021

Proton is aiming to sell 4,000 units of its B-segment Proton X50 for 2020. The vehicle is yet to be launched and but bookings are now opened. The target set is rather conservative. Assuming that the model is launched in October, that gives Proton about 3 months to meet its 4,000 units target, which translates into an average monthly sales of around 1,330 units. For comparison, sales of the Proton X70 (locally-assembled CKD model) averaged around 1,800 units/month, with 12,732 units delivered as


Sep 16, 2020

Proton X50’s CKD program to buy over RM 1.8b worth of local parts annually

At Tuesday’s line-off ceremony of the soon to be launched Proton X50, the Chairman of Proton Holdings Dato Sri Syed Faisal Albar revealed that the X50 project will purchase about RM 1.8 billion worth of automotive parts from local vendors annually. “As a company that manufactures locally, Proton’s growth means more money is injected into Malaysia’s automotive vendor ecosystem leading to more jobs and wealth creation. This is vital at a time when COVID-19 has significantly hit Malaysia’s economy,


Sep 16, 2020

Indonesia will limit import of Proton X70 until Malaysia opens up its car market further

Last week, this column discussed the challenges that lie ahead in exporting the Proton X70 to Indonesia. While the Proton X70 was able to race to the top of the sales chart almost as soon as it was launched, it will not enjoy such luxury in Indonesia. As an imported model, the Indonesian government will certainly not grant Proton any tax incentives the way the Malaysian government does. Without a significant price advantage, it’s will have a harder time going up against the Honda CR-V. To win ov


Apr 10, 2020

27,400 units of Proton X50 booked, are you one of them?

Proton has announced that its sales continued its positive growth for the fifth month in a row with 11,392 units sold for the month of October. The number comprises of both domestic and export sales. The highly anticipated Proton X50 itself shows no sign of slowing down with 27,400 bookings made and 447 units delivered as of the end of October. Talk about hotcakes. Total sales for 2020 so far now stand at 84,999 units which gives Proton an estimated 21.3% market share. However, not all is great

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Nov 2, 2020

35 years of Proton – Could Proton have achieved more at 35?

Proton is an abbreviation or Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional. It’s a national car. That was the intention and it is something we should be proud of. Germany has Volkswagen, Japan has Toyota, and Korea has Hyundai. Other famous brands have been left out in favour of those that cater to the masses with “people’s cars”. Proton is 35 years old (We’ll take the Saga launch as its birthday). Toyota and Volkswagen are 83 years old while Hyundai is 53 years old. Proton is young in comparison to these compan


Aug 2, 2020

Haval H6 Hybrid makes world debut in Bangkok Motor Show, ahead of Proton X70's Thai launch

Great Wall Motor (GWM) hosted the world premiere of the all-new 2021 Haval H6 Hybrid SUV at the 42nd Bangkok International Motor Show. The all-new Haval H6 Hybrid SUV on display at the motor show is the right-hand drive version. It is equipped with a 1.5-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine supplemented by a 130-kW electric motor, resulting in combined output of 243 PS and maximum torque of 530 Nm. This powertrain is first seen at this global debut in Thailand and is yet to be featured in the Ch


Mar 23, 2021

Evolution of the Proton Saga in 35 years  - The pride of Malaysia or wasted potential?

Proton was one of the few carmakers to emerge from the 80s (coincidentally, Geely was also part of that small batch). The first car to bear the Proton name was the Proton Saga. Based on the Mitsubishi Lancer Fiore, the Saga was a big deal for Malaysia when it first came to fruition in 1985. Thirty five years later, the Saga remains highly relevant. The compact saloon is affordable and perfect for young families. It is a worthy successor to the “Saga” name. Having evolved over 35 years, the Saga


Oct 26, 2020

No.1 in Malaysia, how's sales of the Geely Boyue/Proton X70 in China in 2020?

SUVs are all the rage these days and car manufacturers are more than happy to comply, as larger cars like SUVs offer more profit margins than a subcompact hatchback or sedan. In fact, this trend isn’t just limited to Malaysia – it is also apparent in countries like China. So much so that buyers in China collectively bought 1,129,042 new SUVs in December alone. For context, our Malaysian Total Industry Volume (TIV) in the whole of 2020 was 529,434 vehicles. Covid-19 notwithstanding, buyers in Chi


Feb 12, 2021

CKD production of Proton Saga begins in Kenya

Four months after the first batch of completely knocked down (CKD) kits for 30 units of Proton Saga cars were shipped to Kenya, the country’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has officiated production of the Proton Saga at the Associated Vehicle Assemblers (AVA) plant in Miritini, Mombasa. Also present at the ceremony was Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho. The finished cars will be distributed and sold by Simba Corporation. Kenya has a population of 51 million and Proton sees Kenya as gateway to 1.3 bill


Dec 11, 2020

Geely-based Proton models most likely to launch in 2021 - Proton S50, V70, X90, or Perdana

Proton has previously said that it is committed to launching at least one new model every year and based on past history, they are not referring to just minor updates/facelift models, but all-new models. So what’s coming for 2021? The Proton S50, V70, X90 don't exist yet but that hasn't stop netizens from giving these trademarked names a life of its own. Before that let’s do a quick recap. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group formalized its 49.9 percent stake in Proton in June 2017. Less than a year lat


Feb 6, 2021

50 units of Proton X70 CBU delivered to Ministry of Health to combat Covid-19

Proton Cars have just delivered 50 units of the Proton X70 CBU to the Ministry of Health (MOH) for the fight against Covid-19. The fleet of X70s will be used by MOH primarily to transport our medical heroes during this Covid-19 pandemic. These X70s are the older fully imported (CBU) units, not the newly launched locally-assembled (CKD) versions. This is because new vehicle registrations have come to a halt since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was enforced on 18 March 2020. With MCO effect Prot

Adrian ChiaAdrian Chia

Mar 28, 2020

Proton Perdana 'Accordana' for RM 50k; Proton price for Honda reliability?

Although it feels like the Proton Perdana has been around for a long time, Proton’s flagship sedan has only gone through 2 generation changes. The latest iteration was affectionately nicknamed the ‘Accordana’ and was discontinued back in 2019. The Perdana is now on sale in the used car market for around RM 50,000, should you get this Proton but with Honda reliability? Background The Proton Perdana was the flagship model for Proton for many years, so it sports all the best amenities that were fit


Apr 11, 2021

Proton V70 (Geely Jiaji) might be dropped in favour of Proton X90 (Geely Haoyue)

The 7-seater C-segment Geely Jiaji is billed as a more upscale model to replace the ageing Proton Exora (on the market since 2009). Our recent posts on the yet to be confirmed Proton V70 (Geely Jiaji) have spurred a lot of conversations. In fact, interest in the Geely Jiaji have taken a life of its own, as netizens have took it upon themselves to unofficially name the car on behalf of Proton, making ‘Proton V70’ a trending keyword on Google searches. While Proton have trademarked the V70 name, t


Dec 15, 2020

Proton Saga has overtaken Perodua Myvi as Malaysia's best-selling car!

Proton Saga Despite the movement control order’s partial lift, Proton managed to sell 5,676 cars in the month of May 2020. This represents 23.3 percent market share of the month and an improvement of 73.2 percent compared to March and April. The number of cars Proton sold in May might be a huge difference (46.5 percent to be exact) compared to the number of cars sold in 2019 of the same month, Proton is remaining positive. Proton X70 The company believes this is marks the upward sales trend of t


Jun 4, 2020

Proton Iriz R3 dan Proton Persona ‘Black Edition’ bakal ditawarkan tahun 2021?

Proton Iriz Proton Persona Spekulasi bahawa terdapat 2 model yang akan dikemaskini oleh Proton telah digembar-gemburkan oleh pengamal media. 2 model yang dimaksudkan adalah Proton Iriz dan Proton Persona. Melihat kepada model terhad Proton baru-baru ini iaitu Proton Saga Edisi Ulangtahun ke 35, ura-ura mengatakan bahawa kedua-dua Proton Iriz dan Proton Persona bakal mengenakan seragam yang sama. Proton Saga Anniversary Edition mengenakan warna hitam sepenuhnya dengan tona kuning minimal pada bah


Nov 25, 2020

Spyshot: Proton Persona dan Proton Iriz dengan tayar, bumper dan rel bumbung?

Proton Persona Proton Iriz Menjelang tahun 2021, seperti biasa, kita akan melihat model Proton terbaru berlegar-legar di atas jalan untuk menaikkan hype model tersebut. Adakah ini bermakna, tahun 2021 akan menjadi tahun bagi Proton Persona Black Edition dan Proton Iriz Active? Kedua-duanya telah diintip sedang menjalani percubaan atas jalan. Kali ini, kita dapat melihat dengan lebih jelas rekaan rim terbaru (kedua-dua model) dengan tambahan rel bumbung pada Proton Iriz. Selain dari itu, Proton P


Nov 30, 2020

Proton X50 vs Proton X70 - Panduan memilih SUV kegemaran Malaysia untuk anda!

Proton X70 Proton X50 Kehadiran 2 model SUV Proton telah membawa gelombang baru pasaran SUV ke Malaysia. Proton X70 dan Proton X50 kedua-duanya merupakan sebuah produk yang bagus dengan harga terendah berbanding pesaing lain. Di sini, kami akan mengulas satu-persatu mengenai perbezaan 2 model SUV ini sebagai panduan anda untuk memilih SUV kegemaran Malaysia! Pertindihan harga Pasaran Malaysia memang dipenuhi dengan sentimen harga. Jangkaan awal, tiada pertindihan harga yang akan berlaku tapi nam


Jan 13, 2021

Perbandingan: Harga Proton X50 vs Proton X70 bertindih! Nak pilih yang mana?

Proton X50 Proton X70 Proton X50 2020 baru sahaja dilancarkan secara rasmi. Bersama-sama dengan itu, harga bagi kesemua varian turut diumumkan buat tatapan umum. Tinjauan kami, ramai yang merasakan bahawa harga tersebut sesuai dengan tawaran model tersebut. Walaubagaimanapun, pengumuman harga tersebut menimbulkan sedikit tanda tanya. Proton X50 ditawarkan pada harga sekitar RM 79,200 hingga RM 103,300. Hal ini bermakna, harga Proton X50 bertindih dengan harga Proton X70.] Berikut adalah perbezaa


Oct 27, 2020

New 2020 Perodua Bezza vs Proton Saga vs Proton Persona – A bigger option for the same price?

The new 2020 Perodua Bezza is the natural rival to the Proton Saga in the A-Segment sedan market, but with the highest spec Advance (AV) priced at RM 49,980, there are other options that you should consider in the bigger B-Segment – the Proton Persona 1.6 Executive. Take a look at the overview: Evidently, the Premium spec Saga is the cheapest of the lot as compared to both the Bezza 1.3 AV and Persona 1.6 Executive on paper. That being said, let’s compare the specs and equipment levels offered i

Zamil SyaheerZamil Syaheer

Mar 12, 2020

Spyshot: Proton Iriz dan Proton Persona, kali ini bahagian hadapan lebih jelas!

Proton Iriz Proton Persona Umum sedia maklum bahawa kedua-dua model Proton Iriz dan Proton Persona bakal dikemaskini pada tahun 2021. Pembaca Wapcar, AJ Khew kali ini melaporkan bahawa kedua-dua model sedang dipandu uji di Kampung Chempaka, Petaling Jaya. Ini mungkin bertujuan untuk menguji kelincahan dalam keadaan jalan sempit dan sehala. Gambar intipan kali ini adalah dari sebelah depan, seolah-olah mengesahkan bahawa Proton Iriz Active adalah kemaskini bagi Proton Iriz. Jelas kelihatan bahawa


Dec 14, 2020

2020 Proton X70 CKD updated with N95 cabin filter, launching soon

Proton X70 Just as Proton is set to resume all showrooms and service outlets tomorrow, the national carmaker has announced that their 2020 Proton X70 CKD will be updated with an N95 cabin filter. This is a very timely update as the world is facing unprecedented times against the Covid-19 pandemic. This marks the first running change on the X70 CKD since it was launched in February 2020. Proton X70 The updated feature is actually part of Geely’s commitment to introduce safer and healthy cars afte

Adrian ChiaAdrian Chia

May 4, 2020

Spyshot: Proton Iriz R3 dalam pembangunan, bukan Proton Iriz Active?

Proton Iriz Tahun 2021 memberikan kejutan terawal dengan spyshot terbaru Proton Iriz R3! Foto yang dikongsikan oleh pembaca Wapcar.my Amin Yahaya tersebut memperlihatkan sebuah Proton Iriz dengan seragam hitam kuning, mirip Proton Saga Edisi Ulangtahun. Selain dari itu, tempat duduk Proton Iriz juga kelihatan berbalut dengan lambang R3 yang disulam. Tempat duduk ini berlainan dengan tempat duduk bersulam lambang R3 yang terdapat pada Proton Saga R3. Jangkaan awal Proton Iriz bakal dikemaskini pa


Jan 2, 2021

Proton Putra WRC - The Malaysian rally prince with lots of potential

Before you cry out to Proton for yet another sad state of historic concepts and rally legends, let me just say that the Proton Putra WRC is under capable hands. So, please put down your keyboard gently and stop preparing a rant to Geely in the comments section. Let me tell you a tale of the wild Malaysian rally car that could’ve fought with the likes of Colin McRae and Tommi Makinen in their Imprezas and Lancer Evos. We’ve written an article featuring Proton’s PERT cars a while back and just to

CY FoongCY Foong

Aug 8, 2020

Leaked: First look at the 2021 Proton Iriz R3 Edition

Proton is very close to launching a mid-lifecycle update for the aging Proton Iriz (and Persona), and this is set of photos shared by reader Amin Yahaya offers us a sneak peek at the 2021 Proton Iriz wearing R3 livery. We still don’t know what this new special edition Proton Iriz will be called so for now we will just refer to it as the Proton Iriz R3 Edition. Outside, the Iriz R3 Edition wears the same yellow-black livery first seen in the 1,100 units only 2020 Proton Saga Anniversary Edition.


Jan 2, 2021

Proton’s electric dream of the past – Proton Iriz EV auctioned off

Back in 2015, Proton showcased an all-electric car – the Proton Iriz EV. Today, we were lucky enough to get a glimpse of some rather bizarre Proton cars being auctioned away. There were more than 10 Proton electric vehicles at the lot, but the best condition electric car would be the Proton Iriz EV. Five years ago, the Proton Preve and Proton Suprima were still in production, the Proton Persona was still based on the Gen2, Proton was 30 years old, and the thought of Proton making an SUV was absu


Jul 23, 2020

Proton catat jualan 11,411 unit kereta - Proton X50 masih belum top 3!

Proton X50 Proton telah menjual sebanyak 11,411 unit kenderaan pada bulan November 2020, peningkatan 18% dari November 2019. Secara keseluruhan, Proton telah menjual 96,410 kereta pada tahun 2020 iaitu kenaikan 7.5% lebih baik daripada tahun lepas. Prestasi Proton X50 yang baru sahaja dilancarkan sudah tentu menjadi perhatian di sini. Mungkin terlalu awal untuk mengukurnya kerana angka jualan adalah seperti yang dijangkakan dengan kapasiti pengeluaran bulanan. Angka Jualan Proton bulan November


Dec 3, 2020

More Proton X70s deployed to assist the Ministry of Health in Sabah

Proton handed over 8 units of the Proton X70 to the Ministry of Health (MOH) for use in Sabah. The vehicles will be used to assist in the Ministry’s logistics and surveillance efforts in the ongoing efforts to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. The handover was done at Fook Loi Corporation’s Proton 4S outlet in Kota Kinabalu. Throughout the year, Proton has been actively supporting MOH in various ways to help in the fight against Covid-19. The loan of the 8 cars to MOH Sabah is in addition to the 50 un


Dec 4, 2020

Perodua Myvi Vs Proton Iriz – Cost Of Maintenance Compared

It costs RM 3,095.22 to maintain the Myvi over 5 years/100,000 km Price does not include optional items Proton Iriz is marginally cheaper to maintain The Perodua Myvi is one of Malaysia’s best-selling models right now, as it offers great value for money, encompassing an extensive list of passive and active safety equipment at an affordable price point. Priced from RM 54,090, the Perodua Myvi 1.5 AV is feature-packed to the brim, as the model includes a range of segment-first features, such as th


Aug 30, 2019

2020 Proton X50 launch – delayed due to Covid-19?

Proton X50 For those waiting patiently for the highly anticipated Proton X50, you might have to wait a little longer. Back in January, Proton CEO Dr Li Chunrong have announced that the X50 will be launched this year as a completely-knocked down (CKD) model, straight from Proton's Tanjung Malim plant. According to our trusted source, Proton plans to launch the X50 somewhere in mid-2020, but thanks to the worldwide COVID-19 epidemic, it might have impacted Proton’s direct parts supply and demand e

Zamil SyaheerZamil Syaheer

Mar 20, 2020