As we told you earlier Proton showcased the EMAS concept (short for Eco Mobility Advance Solution) at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Now it has been official that Lotus (which is owned by Proton) will use this platform as the basis of their new Global Small Car.
This car will be sold as a 5 door Proton in the Malaysian market while a 3 door hotter version of the car will be badged as a Lotus in Europe. This car will compete with the Mini & boy it looks nice. It has been designed by Italdesign Giugaro. A massive front grille with triangular vents & LED lights add character to this little Proton.
The car has a sporty feel to it with aggressive looking headlamps & flanked wheel arches.
The prototype of this car is expected at the Paris Motor Show this year. Now Proton is already selling cars in Pakistan & China and has been, for a while considering to the enter the Indian market. Its talks with the Hero group fell apart but it is supposedly in talks with Mahindra to launch its cars in India. It could also get its cars through Hindustan Motors, another report claims.
Even if Proton enters India, we do not expect the 3 door Hybrid version, but the more practical 5 door hatch to enter our market with a 1.2 or 1.0-liter petrol engine. Proton will be targeting the 4-5 lakh rupee segment with this car. Lets see what happens.
Source - Auto Express