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Proton has announced its displays for KLIMS, which begins later this week – on show at its 1,500 sq metre booth will be 20 vehicles, including eight concept and show cars.

Highlights include the Saga EV (electric vehicle), which is driven by a brushless DC electric motor and powered by a 15 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The Saga EV can be quick-charged in just an hour or charged overnight between six and eight hours, with an estimated driving range of 100km.

Also on call will be the Exora Extended Range EV, which is currently undergoing the final phase of testing and validation, being targeted for commercial production as early as 2011, as well as the EMAS concept hybrid car and the race-winning Satria Neo Super 2000 rally car that competed in this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) and Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC).

These will be joined by the new Lotus vehicles that made their debut at the Paris Motor Show; while the full list of Lotus models to be exhibited remain a surprise, the all-new Esprit is definitely penned in as an exhibit. Proton will also be having a live styling studio.

“Proton has come a long way over the last 25 years and the showcase at KLIMS 2010 is to share these accomplishments with all Malaysians,” Proton’s managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin said in a statement. “Visitors will be able to have a better understanding of the technical capabilities Malaysians today possess, and we also intend to share with them some of the initiatives currently being undertaken moving forward,” he added.