Interesting. Is this Dr. M’s way of giving the rakyat a preview of what’s going to happen without officially announcing anything yet before it’s finalised?

AFX News Limited
Malaysia’s Proton says will not stop Volkswagen from buying stake in co
06.08.2005, 09:55 AM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFX) – Proton Holdings Bhd’s advisor Mahathir Mohamad said Proton will not stop Volkswagen AG from buying a stake in the company.

‘We have no problem in Volkwagen buying shares in Proton,’ he told reporters after the launch of Proton’s new car ‘Savvy’ today.

Last year, Proton and Volkwagen agreed to form a partnership to assemble the latter’s vehicles for sale in Southeast Asia.

However, Mahathir said that Volkswagen and Proton are still in the process of working out the details of a partnership.

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I wonder what’s Proton going to become. It’s seriously some super rojak company now. A mix of Malaysian, British, French, Japanese and now German.

Malaysian = Campro engine
British = Lotus ride and handling
French = Savvy chassis, Gen2 chassis, Savvy engine, Waja 1.8 engine
Japanese = Waja 1.6 engine, Wira/Satria/Saga engine and chassis
German = Volkswagen share ownership?

Edit: Because of some of my commenters, I have to clarify what I’m saying by rojak. I’m not saying it’s something bad! But I think Proton should focus on a set of design/technologies from the same source so that they’re service center people can focus and be specialised in that same set of stuff. Imagine having to know how to fix all three Japanese, Campro and Renault based cars. With the Perdana Replacement Model we are adding German platforms to the mix. It’s a headache for the service center people.