Ucapan terima kasih buat pemilik Proton khas dari Pengerusi PROTON, YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed.

Posted by Proton Holdings Berhad on Friday, 10 July 2015

Proton turns 30 this year, and for many Malaysians, the national car has played a part in our lives. Original Saga or sporty Satria, there’s a Proton lodged in our memories – some are sweet, some less so.

Most of us in this office have either owned or sat in a family Proton over the years – Paul, Harve and new recruit Graham have owned two each; Jonathan Lee’s parents had two in the porch; Anthony “Sport” Lim modded a Satria GTi and yours truly still has a running Saga Megavalve. What’s yours?

Proton would not have sold four million cars in three decades if not for us, and company chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad thanks all Proton owners in the video above.

“I would like to thank you for your loyalty to our national car, Proton. We are now 30 years old, and in this period we have achieved significant progress. We have produced four million cars, and we hope to continue producing cars that are more advanced, better and of equal standard with foreign cars,” the ex-PM said in Bahasa Malaysia.

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“I hope Proton owners will continue to lend support to Proton by using Proton cars in times to come,” he added.

Should you want to heed the call, Proton’s current range consists of the Saga, Iriz, Preve, Suprima S, Exora and the ageing Persona and Satria Neo duo. But three new models are coming next year, including a new flagship Perdana based on the Honda Accord.

Last month, Proton and Suzuki signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Licence Agremeent (LA) that, amongst other things, gives the national carmaker access to Suzuki’s models, platforms, powertrain and automotive technology, with the Japanese company providing technical assistance for the products and scope selected.

The LA grants Proton the rights to CKD manufacture and sell a Suzuki model under its own brand, and numerous mentions of “small, compact cars” and smaller engine segment vehicles” fuels speculation that Proton wants to develop its first A-segment city car to challenge Perodua’s hot-selling Axia.