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Proton to start assembly in Pakistan by Q3 2021 – X70, Saga first models

Proton has been ramping up its presence in Pakistan with the launching of the Saga a little more than a week ago. Even though it has only two models in its line-up with the Proton X70 completing the pair, Proton’s partner in the South Asian nation, Al-Haj Automotive aims to commence local assembly at its new plant by the third quarter of 2021. The plant, which is built on a greenfield site in Karachi, will have a planned capacity of 25,000 units a year. About USD 30 million have been invested in

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Apr 12, 2021

New 2019 Proton Saga: 10,000 bookings in first month of sales

Bookings for the new Proton Saga, which was launched on 6-August, has surpassed the 10,000 bookings milestone. Of these, over 1,000 bookings came from Proton’s online booking platform, which allowed customers to book a unit for just RM 9.99. Proton further added that it is extending the closing date for online bookings to 17 September, on the back of strong demand. “Judging from the bookings received, the 2019 Saga is extremely popular with our customers who are attracted to the revised styling,


Sep 4, 2019

Owner Review: Fulfilled My First Dream! Owning My Proton Saga 2019

** This article is the personal experience of a 2019 Proton Saga owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar Facebook: Darren Khew How It All Started I have had a passion for cars ever since I was a kid, Honda was one of the car brands that I love the most especially the Honda Civic but it was all just a dream back then. I promised myself to own it one day but that's just a story for another day. My intention to buy a car was when I started my University life, thinking how good it

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Jun 20, 2020

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

New Proton Saga – Could This Be A Better Car Than The Perodua Bezza?

The Proton Saga is Proton’s bread and butter model, a model that has been (and still is) the default first car option for many car buyers. That quickly changed when Perodua introduced its first-ever sedan, the Bezza, back in 2016. Car buyers now have a new alternative to the evergreen Saga. The third generation Saga was introduced just two months after Perodua unveiled the Bezza, giving its core model a much-needed upgrade. Earlier this week, Proton launched the new Saga, which is basically a mi


Aug 8, 2019

The Saga continues: Proton Saga, 1.8 million units later

As July 9 looms upon us, we take this opportunity to celebrate an iconic nameplate in Malaysian automotive history. For it was on July 9 1985 that the Proton Saga started rolling off the production lines. An impressive feat, seeing that Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional (Proton) had just been established 2 years prior. And now, here we are, the Saga nameplate still with us, still going strong, still staying true to its humble origins and purpose and ever popular with Malaysian consumers. In fact, the


Jul 7, 2020

No replacement planned yet for ageing Proton Saga, BMA platform too costly

The current generation Proton Saga, sometimes referred to as the P2-13A Saga, has been on the market since 2016. To keep it ahead of its biggest competitor the Perodua Bezza, Proton gave the A-segment Proton Saga sedan a mid-lifecycle facelift in 2019, adding a new touch screen infotainment, and a new Hyundai-sourced 4-speed automatic replacing the previous car’s lousy CVT, and more importantly, drop its price to be lower than the Bezza. Since the current Saga is basically a heavily modified ver


Dec 17, 2020

Proton Saga vs Perodua Myvi: Which one retains its value better?

Ah, the age-old debate amongst Proton Saga and Perodua Myvi owners: which one of these two popular models in Malaysia have stronger resale value? Thanks to Carsome, they've released data for some of Malaysia’s popular cars, which includes the aforementioned Perodua Myvi and Proton Saga. Keep in mind that Carsome's data is most accurate as they calculate based on the actual transaction prices of the cars. Prices you see on Mudah and Carlist are not the prices you get when you sell your car to a d


Jul 18, 2020

How the Proton Saga went from RM 17,575 in year 1985 to RM 32,800 today

When the Proton Saga was first launched in 1985, a fresh graduate who earns a monthly salary of RM 1,000 can expect a reasonably comfortable life, even in the city. A bowl of noodle was just a little over a Ringgit, and a McDonalds burger would have cost just RM 3. A Nissan Sunny 130Y, the default car for middle-class families, retails for RM 19,500. Depending on how far along was one in his/her career, that’s about 1.5 years’ worth a young person’s salary. When the first Proton Saga was introdu


Sep 2, 2019

2021 Proton Saga seen in Egypt, launching soon?

A couple of days ago, we reported that Proton is in the midst of growing their export business, expanding the business to various new markets. Though not an entirely new market, it appears that Proton is quietly gearing up to introduce the Proton Saga in Egypt, as seen on several social media postings. Seen here is the current-generation Proton Saga facelift that was introduced in Malaysia in August 2019. At a glance, it appears that the Egypt-bound units are visually identical to the Malaysian-


Dec 14, 2020

First peek at the 2021 Proton Saga R3 Edition - third R3 model after Iriz and Persona?

Just a few days ago, we asked if the 2020 Proton Saga deserves an R3 Edition. Well get ready Malaysia, looks like there will be a Proton Saga R3 Edition in 2021, judging by these leaks! Shared by our friends over at Careta, these two pictures depict the interior of the upcoming Saga R3 Edition. The black interior is broken up by yellow highlights - not unlike the quick-selling Saga 35th Anniversary Edition - and there's also a leather-wrapped steering wheel and 'R3 Limited Edition' stitching on


Dec 30, 2020

Rendered: Does the Proton Saga deserve an R3 edition?

It has been 35 years since the debut of the Proton Saga to the world. It was Proton’s first car and the name still stands today. Back in November 2020, an image of a stitched “R3 limited edition” logo was leaked hinting it a possible R3 car – either the Proton Iriz R3 or the Proton Saga R3. In celebration of 35 years of the Proton Saga, there was a limited run of the Proton Saga Anniversary Edition. The response was overwhelming as all 1,100 units of the car were sold out in 5 days. The Proton S


Dec 20, 2020

Owner Review: Finding my new daily driver - Proton Saga Premium 2019

** This article is the personal experience of a 2019 Proton Saga Premium owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. Facebook: Shahrul Nizam Finding a New Daily Driver In March 2020, I was looking for a new daily driver to replace my ageing first car, the Honda Civic Ferio EK3 (M) which is having various mechanical problems. I’m not fancying for Honda City, Jazz or even Toyota Vios because of high monthly instalment rate over MYR500. This led me to only have 3 option the Perodua

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Aug 7, 2020

Proton Saga now exported to Kenya!

The Proton Saga has now made its way to Kenya as Proton has officially shipped its first batch of cars to the country. The Sagas were shipped to Kenya as completely knocked down (CKD) kits and will be locally assembled Nairobi for the country’s market. Kenya is just yet another country added to Proton’s list of export destinations this year. Earlier this year, Proton also launched the Proton X70 in Pakistan. The 30 Proton Saga kits will be assembled by Simba Corporation (Simba), a diversified co


Aug 24, 2020

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

Proton Pakistan sedia kilang USD 30 juta untuk pemasangan Proton Saga dan Proton X70!

Proton Holdings Berhad akan memulakan projek CKD di Pakistan seawal suku ketiga tahun 2021. Rakan perniagaan Proton di Pakistan, Al Haj Automotive telah bersedia dengan rancangan CKD pada kilang terbaru mereka seawal Julai 2021. Kilang tersebut dibina di Karachi dan mempunyai kapasiti pengeluaran yang dianggarkan sebanyak 25,000 unit setahun. Sebanyak USD 30 juta telah dilaburkan untuk pembangunan kilang tersebut. Pada awalnya kilang ini sepatutnya beroperasi pada akhir tahun 2020. Walaubagaiman


Apr 12, 2021

Proton to return to Pakistan in December 2020, X70 first model to launch

After reporting a few spy shots of the X70 and the Saga being spotted on roads all over Pakistan, it appears that Proton’s launch in the South Asian country is imminent. Partnering with Al-Haj Automotive, the Proton X70 will be the first model launched in Pakistan in December. This will be followed by the Saga in January 2021 according to a report by CarSpiritPK. The Pakistani-spec X70 will be powered by a turbocharged 1.5-litre 3-pot similar to the Bangladeshi X70 that produces 177 PS and 255 N

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Nov 23, 2020

Barang Rare: Proton Saga Limousine 1.5A original. Antara model Proton Saga paling mahal?

Proton Saga generasi pertama memang didatangkan dengan pelbagai gimik pemasaran. Anak sulung Proton ini ternyata menerima edisi-edisi khas seperti Proton Saga Knight sehinggalah ke hari ini dengan Proton Saga Edisi Ulangtahun. Namun begitu, mungkinkah Proton Saga Limousine 1.5A ini model Proton Saga paling mahal? Proton Saga Limousine adalah sebuah model khas yang dikeluarkan pada tahun 1990 dengan harga anggaran sekitar RM 50,000 pada ketika itu. Proton Saga Edisi Ulangtahun ke 25 pula pernah d


Sep 14, 2020

Spied: 2021 Proton Saga and Proton Iriz R3 Editions spotted, launch imminent?

This morning, we brought you news of the 2021 Proton Iriz R3 Edition. Barely a few hours after that, there are photos of the 2021 Proton Saga R3 Edition sitting on trailers, presumably heading to showrooms. Courtesy of these photos from our friends at Funtasticko, we can see both models share the same black-and-yellow scheme that's synonymous with last year's Saga 35th Anniversary Edition. To cap the racy look, both models also get a graphic along the sides. Unlike the Iriz which apparently gets


Feb 8, 2021

Imej Proton Saga Edisi Ulangtahun 2020 tertiris! Inspirasi dari Proton Saga Iswara teksi?

Proton Saga Tak sampai beberapa jam montaj Proton Saga Edisi Ulangtahun 2020 dipaparkan, beberapa imej Proton Saga Edisi Ulangtahun 2020 telahpun tertiris. Laman Facebook The Ajerul memuat naik beberapa imej Proton Saga Edisi Ulangtahun yang sangat-sangat mirip dengan model yang ditunjukkan di dalam montaj. The Ajerul turut menambah bahawa Proton Saga Edisi Ulangtahun ini didatangkan dalam varian premium. Berkemungkinan besar, harga Proton Saga Edisi Ulangtahun 2020 ini lebih daripada RM 40,000


Jul 8, 2020

2020 Proton Saga Anniversary Edition teased, launching on 9-July

Proton has dropped a teaser of the upcoming 2020 Proton Saga Anniversary Edition on its official Facebook page, hinting that the new special edition model is just around the corner. While the post by Proton did not mention when the Saga Anniversary Edition will be introduced, our friends over at Funtasticko provided some preliminary details, including the launch date and photos. Set to be introduced on 9-July, the debut of the Saga Anniversary Edition coincides with the debut of the very first P


Jul 5, 2020

Sunroof on a Saga? Take a look at these UK-spec Proton Saga brochures from 30 years ago!

The Proton Saga turned 35 in 2020 and to celebrate that, Proton launched the Saga Anniversary Edition. Resplendent in a black and yellow paint job, the commemorative edition Saga sold all 1,100 units in just 5 days! Kudos to Proton for achieving that success in such a short time but it seems that being a fast-seller isn’t just limited to local sales. Once upon a time, Proton did just that with the original Saga in the UK. Proton’s UK adventure began in 1988 when it displayed 9 Proton Saga models

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Sep 6, 2020

Quick Review: 2019 Proton Saga Facelift 1.3L Premium, The True People's Car

(2019 Proton Saga Price & Specs | Gallery) New 4-speed automatic elevates the driving experience Significantly improved build quality and perceived quality Turn the cabin to a nightclub with the other-worldly 4-speaker set up When the first Proton Saga came into reality in 1985, its affordable price tag, Japanese technology and made in Malaysia pride quickly propelled the car to unprecedented success. Almost every household in Malaysia has had a story to tell with the Proton Saga. Throughout the

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Dec 2, 2019

Tun Mahathir wishes the Proton Saga a happy 35th birthday

In a recent Facebook post by Tun Mahathir, he wished the Proton Saga a happy 35th birthday, on top of sharing photos from back in the day. Keep in mind that Proton can be considered as Tun Mahathir’s brainchild, as he conceptualized the idea of a national car way back in 1979 when he was the Minister of Trade and Industry. The National Car Project was greenlit by Tun Mahathir in 1982, a year after he became the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia. Mitsubishi was selected to participate in the proj


Jul 10, 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

Apa kekurangan Proton Saga 2020?

Proton Saga Artikel ini dibuat bukanlah untuk mengkondem Proton Saga. Artikel ini hanya sekadar ingin memberi sedikit sudut pandang berbeza bagi pembaca yang sedang berkira-kira untuk membeli kereta ini. Sebagai seorang pemilik Proton Saga 2020 baru, kereta ini mudah menjadi kereta kegemaran saya. Tidak dinafikan, ramai yang menggemari Proton Saga 2020 baru ini kerana nilainya. Memang juara kereta rakyat Malaysia! Dengan harga dibawah RM 40,000, siapa yang mampu menandingi Proton Saga dalam aspe


Jun 16, 2020

From RM 123k, Nepal debuts the most expensive Proton Saga!

The Proton Saga is a humble, affordable car in Malaysia but can you imagine spending around RM 123k for one? It might sound hard to believe but that’s the price of a base-spec Saga after conversion in Nepal. After launching in Kenya and Egypt, the next stop for the entry-level Proton model is the hilly Himalayan terrain of Nepal. Proton cars are distributed by Jagdamba Motors Pvt. Ltd and the Saga is the first Proton model to be launched there. There are two variants available for the Nepal-spec

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Jan 14, 2021

Five decent alternatives to the Proton Saga/Perodua Bezza that we wish we could have

Globally, the A-segment sedan is not a very popular category of cars. Squeezing a three-box format design into the tiny dimensions of an entry-level sedan don’t make for very visually appealing proportions. At such size, it’s debatable if a sedan is any more practical than a hatchback with folding rear seats, but still, consumers in many developing markets (Malaysia included) have a preference for budget sedans so manufacturers happy to comply. As such, it’s inevitable that all A-segment sedans


May 15, 2020

Buying your first car? Here’s what you need to know

First car is like your first love; you’ll get excited about it, make mistakes along the way, discover your likes and dislikes, but you’ll always remember it and depending on the situation, you’ll realise that money seems to be flowing out rather quickly. Which is why it is important to know what you’re getting into when you buy your first car, because it's not as simple as merely paying the monthly installments and refueling the car. Let’s start with maintenance and take the top selling brands i


Oct 14, 2019

Proton Saga spotted in Pakistan, new 1,299 cc engine, CKD in 2021

Two units of the new Proton Saga with camouflage were spotted in Lahore, Pakistan. These units, which appear to be undergoing tests, are likely equipped with a slightly downsized engine (1,299 cc vs 1,332 cc). Proton Saga As reported by CarSpiritPK, the Saga bound for Pakistan will get a downsized engine to gain tax incentives as the tax structure for 1,300 cc and above cars is different. Power outputs of the smaller engine are still unclear at the moment. The 1,332 cc engine we have in Malaysia


Sep 1, 2020