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Proton’s partnership with Suzuki will help boost the national carmaker’s sales figures, said Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) president, Datuk Aishah Ahmad. The news comes from a report by Bernama.

She also added that the MAA would like to see Proton survive and do well. Recently, the company has received a lot of flak, with International Trade And Industry minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed saying “the current business model adopted by the automaker simply wasn’t sustainable.”

The statement was met with an indirect reply from former Proton chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on his blog shortly after. Other individuals like Proton Edar Dealers Association (PEDA) president Armin Baniaz Pahamin and Information And Communications minister Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Salleh Keruak also voiced out their opinions on the matter.

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“The company’s comeback will also be good for Malaysia’s car sector,” said Aishah. She believes that with the right products (including those originating from this partnership), Proton’s sales would ultimately increase. Local vendors would therefore benefit from this pickup as a result.

Proton is set to introduce the new 2016 Perdana this month, according to Tun Mahathir. Bookings for the model has already begun and we have official specifications of the D-segment car, here. Later in the year, the carmaker will launch a new Persona and Saga.

As previously reported, it is said that the first model to come from the Proton-Suzuki collaboration will be a rebadged Suzuki Ertiga. Likewise, Proton previously confirmed that the first product from its joint-venture with Suzuki will make its Malaysia debut before the end of this year.