Proton LHD Preve to Chile 3

Following the flag-off ceremony of Proton’s first batch of left-hand drive Preves destined for the Chilean market, the national carmaker has revealed that it will begin local assembly (CKD) operations in Bangladesh this year in June.

Like the Chilean market, the Preve will be the first model to be introduced there, albeit in right-hand drive format. For now, Proton is exporting completely built-up (CBU) units of the sedan to Bangladesh in the mean time, before full CKD operations begin there.

Last year, Proton signed an agreement with Bangladesh conglomerate PHP Group to build 1,200 Preves annually, with production originally scheduled for December 16, 2015.

It was reported that the Bangladesh-made Preve will be badged as the Proton PHP, with the 1.6 litre Campro Turbo engine in both manual and CVT forms planned. At that time, it was announced that the CKD plant would be built on 30 acres of land in Anwara Upazila, Chittagong at a cost of Tk 400 crore (RM213 million).

This year, Proton is aiming to increase its export volume from 5,000 units in 2015, to 7,000 units. With the restart of exports to Chile, and the transition from CBU to CKD cars in Bangladesh, this will help in the national carmaker’s plans to maximise its production volume.