Both Lotus and it’s parent company Proton have been flourishing in the Australian market lately. Lotus was rated at the fastest growing brand in Australia, with a 450% increase in sales volume over the same first three months of the year period in 2006. Proton was the fifth largest growing marque, with sales increasing 54% over the same time last year.

Proton Cars Australia managing director John Startari said the sales boom was thanks to new models like the Proton Satria Neo (recently made AMRS race series safety car) and a more reliable supply of the Proton Jumbuck (Proton Arena).

Korean cars have not enjoyed the same luck in Australia, with Hyundai and Kia sales dropped 18 and 11.58 percent respectively.

UPDATE: It looks like flourishing is not really the word to be used in this post. According to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries of Australia’s website, Proton’s 54% sales jump was from 400 cars to 616 cars.