Proton says plans that were first mooted in 2015 to develop and manufacture an Indonesian national car in collaboration with PT Adiperkasa Citra Lestari are still on, The Edge reports. Proton chairman Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar said that talks concerning the project are ongoing.

“Certainly. We will proceed with the discussion in that respect,” he told reporters, adding that no cost is currently involved.

In February 2015, the national automaker inked a memorandum of understanding with PT Adiperkasa Citra Lestari to explore opportunities to develop and manufacture an Indonesian national car. Present at the signing ceremony (pix below) was current prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was the Proton chairman at that point, and Indonesian president Joko Widodo.

At that point, the collaboration potential was to have both companies conducting a feasibility study to explore specific areas of cooperation, including commercial and technical aspects. Also in the plan were localisation, purchasing, engineering and design activities, logistic services, market studies and other relevant processes.

Beyond that, the long-term plan was to look at the development of an ASEAN car by both Malaysia and Indonesia, something that Tun Mahathir recently said may be back on the cards.

“Back in 2015, we’d discussed to jointly produce a car made by Indonesia and Malaysia for Southeast Asian nations, but it had not been followed up. Now we are looking at reviving the project,” he said last month.