The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has revealed that Proton is taking several careful initiatives to cope with the unpredictable economy and ever-challenging market. Bernama reports that these initiatives include “drafting a number of initiatives via its long term development plan.”

“These steps are aimed at transforming and strengthening Proton’s current and future position to ensure its competitiveness both at home and overseas,” explained MITI in a written response to Nasrudin Hassan of PAS, Temerloh, in the Dewan Rakyat.

The government authority also said that Proton is looking to develop its technical capabilities and distributor network this year in addition to launching several new models. “To ramp up sales, Proton plans to introduce several new models such as the Perdana, Persona and Saga this year,” it said.

“At the same time, through cooperation with Japanese vehicle manufacturer Suzuki, the company also plans to introduce new models for the domestic as well as regional markets,” MITI continued. It was previously reported the Proton will soon rebadge the Suzuki Ertiga MPV as part of its new collaboration.