In light of a recent widely-circulated road accident involving a Proton Preve, company boss Tan Sri Mohd Khamil Jamil has vouched that customer safety is paramount to the national brand. In fact, the company’s value proposition is safety, performance, and ride and handling – in that order.
Photos of the wrecked Preve with its detached engine went viral over the past few days, with many questioning the vehicle’s safety (and in certain quarters, quality too). Commenting on the matter, Proton said that the engine detached itself from the vehicle by design, especially in such a heavy frontal collision.
The Preve’s crumple zones acted to absorb the impact and minimise the intrusion into the passenger cell. Don’t think for a second that the entire car is soft, though, as the parts that need to be strong are incredibly so. That the doors of the wrecked car could be opened is a testament of the safety cell’s strength and effectiveness.
Khamil also added on that Proton’s most recent models, namely the Preve, Suprima S, Saga SV and Persona SV all offer improved safety features without bloated prices. The C-segment sedan and hatchback models have both received five-star ANCAP safety ratings, and feature six airbags and ESC as standard.
The two models under Proton’s new Super Value line-up, meanwhile, are more affordable that before without compromising safety. The Saga SV is ASEAN NCAP three-star rated, and comes with two airbags and a host of other improvements. The same goes to the newer Persona SV, which features dual front airbags, all-wheel disc brakes, ABS and EBD.