Proton builds 5 millionth car since 1983, is an X90 – over 2 million Sagas, 217,000 X-series SUVs sold

Proton builds 5 millionth car since 1983, is an X90 – over 2 million Sagas, 217,000 X-series SUVs sold

Proton has announced it has achieved a momentous milestone – the national carmaker has built its five-millionth car, 41 years since its founding. The landmark car, an X90 Flagship, was revealed in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the start of Malaysia-China diplomatic relations, which was officially celebrated on May 31.

Of those five million units, over two million of those were of the Saga, cementing its position as Malaysia’s best-selling car ever. Meanwhile, Proton has sold more than 217,000 of its X-series SUVs ever since the X70 was launched back in 2018, a marker of its successful collaboration with Geely.

The partnership has resulted in four co-developed models, a comprehensively upgraded lineup of homegrown cars, quality improvements, investments in after-sales and parts management and the establishment of Malaysia’s largest network of 3S and 4S dealers. All this has contributed to five consecutive years of sales growth and a commensurate increase in production, Proton said in a statement.

Proton builds 5 millionth car since 1983, is an X90 – over 2 million Sagas, 217,000 X-series SUVs sold

“Proton was tasked with mobilising Malaysians and to establish a local automotive ecosystem when it was formed in 1983 and today, we continue to play a critical role in the nation’s economy,” said CEO Li Chunrong. “Over 100,000 people earn a living through activities linked to Proton and each of them played a role in driving the company towards this landmark achievement of five million units.”

He continued: “The five-millionth unit produced by Proton is a Proton X90 Flagship, which is symbolic of how far the company has progressed since the beginning of the partnership with Geely. Just last week, we confirmed eMas as the brand name for future Proton EV products and today as we set yet another milestone, the future is ripe with opportunities for Proton to continue to provide sustainable mobility for Malaysians and our export markets.”

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.

 

Comments

  • Frankc on Jun 18, 2024 at 8:39 pm

    Yippee.. may the Saga lives on

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  • Peppa on Jun 18, 2024 at 8:57 pm

    We want figures that represent actual proton such as Saga, Iswara, Persona, Exora, Iriz, Preve/Suprima

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  • anonymous on Jun 18, 2024 at 9:25 pm

    imagine building 5 million cars over the span of 40 years but STILL relying on a rebadging excercise for half its current portfolio

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  • REAL X70 OWNER WITH CAR STUCK AT WORKSHOP (FRUSTRATED) on Jun 18, 2024 at 9:42 pm

    how many stuck at workshop?

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  • PMX..lower car taxes next,after eggs subsidies on Jun 18, 2024 at 11:07 pm

    Nothing to celebrate..P1 cost tax payers Billions and billions in repeated bailouts,until a China apek whiteknight came to prevent Protong from drowning.
    Proton is a failed experiment .Msia could have been the Detriot of Asia.
    Now ,poor rakyat are saddled with super high car taxes,due to protection of P1 and P2.

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    • You have some points there, but unfortunately are rather narrow POV

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  • Bajivnej on Jun 18, 2024 at 11:44 pm

    Not to mention almost tutup kedai of it is not for Geely..LOL

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  • Jaguh Global on Jun 19, 2024 at 8:33 am

    Finally Proton able to compete openly without tongkat, so now MITI better remove all the car taxes excise duties with no more petrol subsidies necessary to end this nonsense once and for all.

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  • meladam on Jun 19, 2024 at 9:43 am

    and everything was rebadged mitsu, honda, suzuki and now geely. just remove the hefty car taxes and give us the full spec cars with our hard earn money. I still can’t brain how geely fools us with outdated spec and design for its x50 with such a high price tag LOL

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  • The timing belt legacy on Jun 19, 2024 at 10:23 am

    Congrats…now 2024 improves from 4 to a ‘better’ 3 cylinders engine.

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  • hazri on Jun 19, 2024 at 3:29 pm

    what to do, saga is the cheapest sedan you can get in malaysia. malaysian have no choice.

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  • Wesei on Jun 19, 2024 at 3:40 pm

    To me, Proton is a farce all along the years

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