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Posted by Amru Najmi Osman on Monday, 15 June 2015

This video has interesting content for auto observers, but it was most probably unintended by the folks who created and posted the clip on Facebook. It shows ex-PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed flying a drone and surrounded by drone enthusiasts, possibly at the Perdana Leadership Foundation building in Putrajaya.

What’s in it for us? Behind the commotion sits a white sedan that’s pretty large in size, with a rear end that’s fully covered. The taped-up behind is a sign that it’s a car that’s being developed, with design that is not finalised. Parked in the “most VIP” spot in the building, could the mystery car be the new Proton Perdana brought there for, or used by, the Proton chairman? Speculation of course, but think about it.


While the current Proton Perdana is nothing but a previous-gen Honda Accord with Proton badges for government official use, the second phase of development involves more work on a car that you and me can buy. DRB-Hicom group MD Tan Sri Khamil Jamil told us some time back that the public-use Perdana will have a new interior and exterior that will set it apart from the donor Accord.

The second-phase Perdana is scheduled for a 2016 release, and we’re expecting it to launch with Honda powertrains. Or will a new Proton-Petronas engine be ready by then? Proton acquired all of Petronas’ engine technologies and associated patents for RM63 million in 2012, and we were told last year that direct injection and turbo direct injection are among the acquired tech, and that they “can be applied to all engines.”

Current Proton Perdana – for government use only