Proton cars are likely to make a re-entry into Chile this year following the effectiveness of the Malaysia-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA), ambassador of Chile to Malaysia Christian Rehren has told Bernama. The FTA came into force early last year.
According to the report, the national carmaker was in the republic in the 1990s, but it is not known exactly when it exited the market. Models that were sold there included the early Wira and Satria.
Bernama quotes Rehren as saying the Chilean car market had become one of Latin America’s most sophisticated, and that it “could be a good option (for Proton) to return,” since the carmaker was already well-known there.
Chile drives on the right of the road, and so if this were to indeed happen this year, it could mark the first LHD exports of the current generation of Proton products, which include the Prevé and Exora. We’ve seen LHD Prevés undergoing on-road tests, so perhaps this doesn’t come as a big surprise.