DRB-Hicom is working on introducing a foreign partner to Proton Holdings Bhd, reported The Star recently. Group GM Datuk Seri Mohd Khamil Jamil revealed that talks have been taking place with a select few foreign strategic partners (FSP) on the benefits they could provide to Proton and DRB-Hicom.

He added that the foreign partnership proposal was still in a preliminary stage. “We are keeping the house in order first before we are ready to bring in any foreign original equipment manufacturer (OEMs),” he said after the group’s AGM.

Aiming for the country’s top spot in terms of sales this year, DRB-Hicom recently raised Proton’s sales target from 167,000 to 200,000 units for the current financial year ending March 31, 2013, Bernama reported. According to Khamil, 100,000 cars have been sold since January.