Proton’s announcement of its upcoming new engine line-up has made many curious on the future of its current CamPro engines. The engine first debuted on the Gen2 in 2004, and since then, has received a series of updates leading right up to the VVT mill found in the Iriz. With more than a decade of employment, the engine’s continued existence is heavily dependant on market conditions, according to Proton chief technical officer Abdul Rashid Musa.

“As you know, [Proton’s new GDI and TGDI engines] will not work with fuels with excessively low RON ratings because it is a very efficient engine,” he said. “So it’s dependent on the market. There are other considerations like cost and what not. With countries that have lower regulatory requirements and are more cost sensitive, the VVT [engine] will be most suitable for that market.” It has to be mentioned, however, that the new direct-injection engines will still be able to run on RON 95 petrol.

Rashid added that conversely, countries with higher regulatory requirements and higher emissions standards like the forthcoming Euro 6c standard will require the use of the new GDI and TGDI mills. “So that’s the reason why we are not scrapping [CamPro], as it depends on the market we are entering and its suitability – be it in terms of technology or cost – so we need to have the solution for both.

“Therefore, we need to address the market accurately rather than just sell what we have. If the target market is more sensitive to price, then we need to offer the appropriate technology that is most competitive and attractively priced compared to the new technology,” he said.