Let’s have a flashback to November 21st 1987, in this article by Reuters archived by the New York Times.

LEAD: Malaysia’s money-losing national auto manufacturer, Proton, signed an accord today to distribute its Proton Saga car in the United States. Proton America Inc., headed by Malcolm Bricklin of Bricklin Industries, will import the car. ”Production of the models bound for the United States will begin in October 1988, once modifications to meet U.S.

Malaysia’s money-losing national auto manufacturer, Proton, signed an accord today to distribute its Proton Saga car in the United States. Proton America Inc., headed by Malcolm Bricklin of Bricklin Industries, will import the car. ”Production of the models bound for the United States will begin in October 1988, once modifications to meet U.S. requirements are completed,” a Proton executive vice president, Dan Prior, told reporters.

It’d be interesting to note that this Malcolm Bricklin is the very same person who is trying to bring Chery into the US through his Visionary Vehicles venture, which has gone through some hiccups lately. He was also responsible for the introduction of other marques into the US market like Subaru, Fiat (rebadged Bertone) and Yugo.

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