Proton’s Perdana Replacement Model will be based on a Volkswagen Passat. Proton is already going to build the previous generation Passat for sale in ASEAN markets for Volkswagen so it might OEM the model for it’s own Perdana.
This is the 2001 Passat in case anyone doesn’t know what it looks like. Looks very much like an Audi A4 right? Probably sharing same platforms as Audi belongs to Volkswagen AG.
Too bad Volkswagen AG thinks we’re not good enough for the latest Passat sold everywhere else.
Yeah, Mahaleel keeps saying it wants to develop it’s own models so it would not have to pay royalty payments to other manufacturers but so far it’s all been a lie. Even the first Proton (the Proton Waja) said to be an all-original design was a Mitsubishi Charisma/Volvo S40 platform anyway.
Malaysia’s Proton plans to launch new Perdana model by year-end
Tuesday June 14, 06:15 AM
KUALA LUMPUR (AFX) – Proton Holdings Bhd plans to launch a replacement model for its high-end Proton Perdana by the year-end, afternoon paper Malay Mail reported, citing unnamed sources.
It said Proton is cooperating with Volkswagen AG (Xetra: 766400.DE – news) to help build a new model.
The replacement model is likely to be similar to Volkswagen popular Passat model, the paper said, adding that Proton is banking on the new model to stem a five-year decline in its share of Malaysia’s car market.
By year end? Either the Perdana Replacement Model will be delayed, or the Satria Replacement Model which is supposed to be out by early next year will be delayed even longer.
The Skoda Superb which is sold in Malaysia is also based on a Volkswagen Passat and is priced at RM165,000. The Superb is based on the Passat which Volkswagen sold in China which is 10cm longer than the standard Passat.