Next-gen Proton Saga, Persona & Perdana to launch in 2016 – Malaysia

Posted on: Jul 13, 2015 - 4:30pm IST

Perdana for civilians will feature an ‘in-house’ design.

Proton’s Chairman, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has announced that the car maker will launch three new models next year to improve its sales and financials. The announcement was made on July 8, 2015, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the Malaysia-based car maker.

Proton Iriz at the 2014 Thailand International Motor Expo
The Proton Iriz, which was developed at a cost of RM 300 million could spawn a sedan to give the company better economies of scale.

Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is quoted as saying that these new models will be an improvement over Proton’s Saga, Persona and Perdana models.

The Proton Perdana, which is currently only for government use, is nothing but an eighth generation Honda Accord with the Honda badges replaced with Proton logos. However, the Perdana for civilian use, which is expected to be the first of the three new launches, will sport a redesigned exterior and interior, though it will continue to be an Accord underneath. It will feature an “in-house” design, report the Malaysian media.

Proton Saga India
The second generation Saga was introduced in 2008, and Proton has launched many variants on it like the SV and FLX.

The replacement for the Proton Persona, which is currently a 4.47 meter long sedan (classified a B-segment sedan in Malaysia) is expected to be based on the Proton Iriz. Another product on the Iriz certainly makes sense as Proton spent over RM 300 million (over INR 500 crores) on developing the hatchback, and a sedan based on the Iriz could provide the car maker with the economies of scale.

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Apart from these products, Proton and Suzuki have signed an MoU for the supply of knocked down components “for a model of Suzuki automobile to Proton”. This model will be assembled by Proton in Malaysia from August 2016.

Proton Iriz – Image Gallery (Unrelated)

[Source – Bernama]

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