History of Proton

Proton is one of the largest automakers in Malaysia that specializes in the manufacture of vehicles under license by Mitsubishi.

First production vehicles in Malaysia began in 1983 in connection with the signing of an intergovernmental agreement local Malaysian companies Heavy Industry of Malaysia and the Japanese group Mitsubishi Motor Corporation". The first representatives of "Proton Saga was launched with the production line in 1985. Car model Saga Iswara, Magma) in hatchback or sedan was a kind of externally upgraded Lancer sample 1983. The car was equipped with more enhanced suspension, which ensured efficient operation of transport to local conditions.

In 1991, there were so-called the total transformation of the enterprise into the company Public Limited Company (PLC), which was liberated from the influence of Mitsubishi Motor Corp. In 1995 the company became one of the constituent elements of the group DRB-HICOM.

In the beginning of 1996 through the first screening of the middle class sedan Proton Perdana, this model was created based on the Mitsubishi Eterna. Towards the end of the Proton, the company decides to purchase a controlling stake (80%) of the shares of Lotus is a British company.

Proton pretty "playfully" expands the range of its moralnego series, which a few years ago included only models under license from Mitsubishi.

Vehicle 400 series for design is quite similar to the Mitsubishi Lancer. Cars are produced in sedan and 5-door hatchback.

Proton Putra 218 GLXi is a kind of a known two-door coupe Mitsubishi Mirage 1991. The car is no different bright and original "appearance", however, looks quite well and harmoniously. The model is equipped with a spoiler, which is located on the roof of the trunk and chrome tip placed on a double-barreled exhaust pipe.

The basis of the convertible Wira Cabrio was based on the model Satria. Appearance models are quite different, mainly in connection with the use of a different design.

So, the largest and most powerful car company Malaysia Proton Otomobil Nasional Berhad for over 2000 years has produced more than 169 thousand cars. However, the company is not going to stop there, and in the near future to significantly expand the offered range of own models of development that will not be produced under license by Mitsubishi.

Thus, in early 2000, the world saw a new model Waja, which since the summer of 2001 was introduced in the European markets under the sonorous name - Impian, which translated from the native Malay language means "dream comes true". This model is exclusively Malaysian development Prip assistance Lotus engineers.

Since 2003 in Malaysia have been cancelled enormous duties on imported vehicles, which is why local car manufacturer Proton has made an effort not to be superseded by "foreign guests".

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