During a presentation on Proton’s future strategy yesterday, CEO Dr Li Chunrong shared a little of the company’s production plans for the near future. He reiterated that the national carmaker is on track to deliver a locally-assembled version of the X70 SUV within the second half of 2019, adding that the Tanjung Malim plant already produced its first body-in-white on April 10 this year.

Despite the introduction of an all-new model (and a number of other new models in the foreseeable future), Li said that the company only built two new plants for body assembly and trim and final assembly. This saves cost, and we assume that other production processes such as body stamping and painting will be conducted at existing facilities.

Li also said that the localisation of the CKD models will increase gradually to meet Proton’s commitment to its vendors – the company spent almost 20 months to localise the X70. The company has also promised to maintain a high level of local content for existing models, such as the recently-unveiled facelifted Saga.