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It was reported in May that the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) may add foreign models such as the Toyota Innova to the brown Teksi 1Malaysia (TEKS1M) fleet, currently comprising around 1,000 Proton Exoras. SPAD wants 7,500 TEKS1M units on the road by the third quarter this year, and Proton apparently cannot meet the production demand, The Sun reports.

Naturally, the decision has upset Proton taxi suppliers. Some of them have expressed support for Proton cars’ capabilities and performance as public transport vehicles, despite taxi drivers’ complaints.

Posted by Proton Holdings Berhad on Tuesday, 16 June 2015

“I don’t understand why SPAD wants to add a foreign carmaker to the TEKS1M fleet. I still feel the Proton Exora is already a good car to perform as the one and only vehicle for TEKS1M. SPAD should have consulted us before reaching any decision,” Delivery Special CEO Ismail Datuk Haron told the English-language daily.

While acknowledging a “piston issue” with the Exora, as frequently highlighted by cabbies, Ismail believes these to be isolated cases. The real problem is the delay of vehicle loan approvals by Bank Simpanan Nasional to cabbies struggling to meet the eligible requirements, he told The Sun, adding that about 2,000 Exoras are waiting to be delivered from his company’s yards.

Posted by Proton Holdings Berhad on Tuesday, 16 June 2015