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Geely Withdraws Bid To Purchase Proton 23
Mar
Posted by Brad Anderson in Geely, Proton, Reports on 03 23rd, 2017


Geely has withdrawn its bid from purchasing Malaysian automaker Proton, leaving PSA Group as the only interested party.
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Geely Withdraws Bid To Purchase Proton 23
Mar
Posted by Brad Anderson in Geely, Proton, Reports on 03 23rd, 2017


Geely has withdrawn its bid from purchasing Malaysian automaker Proton, leaving PSA Group as the only interested party.
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Could Lotus Be Sold To Geely And Proton To PSA? 21
Feb
Posted by Brad Anderson in Geely, Lotus, Proton, PSA, Reports on 02 21st, 2017


Reports have emerged suggesting that DRB-Hicom could sell a controlling stake in Proton to PSA Group while selling Lotus to Chinese manufacturer Geely.
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Proton Allegedly Plans An SUV Based On The Suzuki Vitara 18
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Malaysia, Proton, Reports, SUV, Suzuki, Suzuki Vitara on 10 18th, 2016


It has emerged that Proton will add to its Asia-focused fleet of models with a Suzuki-based SUV in 2017.
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Proton Could Sell Lotus To Save Itself 26
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in Lotus, Malaysia, Proton, Reports on 09 26th, 2016


Proton may soon depart with British sports car maker Lotus in an effort to raise funds.
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All-New Proton Persona Stars In Fast and Furious Style Teaser 22
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Asia, Proton, video on 08 22nd, 2016


Just before its world debut, a brief teaser clip of the brand new Proton Persona has been released by the company.
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Proton Drops First Teaser Of Updated 2016 Persona 15
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Asia, Proton on 08 15th, 2016


The first teaser image of the brand new 2016 Proton Persona has dropped online, giving us a chance to see the Asia-exclusive model for the first time.
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U Spy 2016 Proton Perdana Sedan Based On The 8th Gen Honda Accord 28
Jan
Posted by John Halas in Asia, Malaysia, Proton, Proton Perdana, Proton Scoops, Scoops, U Spy on 01 28th, 2016


While travelling in Malaysia for business purposes, Carscoops’ reader Henk stumbled upon two prototypes of local manufacturer Proton’s new Perdana sedan.
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Proton Shows Butch Looking Pickup Concept In Malaysia 6
Oct
Posted by Andrei Nedelea in Asia, concepts, Proton, Proton Concepts on 10 6th, 2015


Proton is trying to look like it means business with a concept four-door pickup it revealed at the Alami Proton event in Malaysia. Said to possibly be based on the Exora people carrier, it really looks nothing like that and in fact its inspiration is far more… American.
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Sale Of Parent Company Puts Lotus’ Future In Question 17
Jan
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, Lotus, News, Proton on 01 17th, 2012

Lotus' Esprit concept. Image: Lotus Cars

If politics makes for strange bedfellows, so does the automotive business. Volvo is owned by Chinese automaker Geely, while Jaguar / Land Rover is owned by the Indian company Tata. Upscale British brands Bentley and Rolls Royce are both owned by the Germans, with Bentley under VW’s brand and Rolls under BMW’s.

Lotus has been owned by Malaysian automaker Proton for some 16 years, but has never managed to turn a profit for its parent company. Now comes word from Autocar and Left Lane News that Proton has been sold by the Malaysian government, which puts the future of the British boutique sports car builder in question.

No one is saying that the new owner, contract automotive manufacturer DRB-Hicom, will shutter Lotus any time soon. Still, no one invests in a business to lose money, so at the very least its reasonable to expect changes at Lotus. Change doesn’t bode well for the launch of new, premium Lotus sports cars, and the brand’s existing models are mostly past their prime.

Expect a statement from Lotus in the coming days, but it’s likely to be a very British, “Keep Calm, Carry On.” What will happen to the brand from Hethel beyond that is anyone’s guess.



Lotus Mini City Car Sounds Pretty Neat For its Class 27
Dec
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, city car, Concept car news, Lotus, MINI, paris, Proton on 12 27th, 2010

We have known Lotus as one car maker that focuses on bringing out the best in light weight sports cars. The Paris Auto Show package was in fact testimony to Lotus’ plan which stressed on moving towards new concepts.

Lotus is now all set to launch its new car made specifically for the urban dwellers. Then new Mini concept is small, yet fast and it is supposed to be a blessing to the motorists in the busy crowded urban streets.

To come with advanced range-extended electric drivetrain with a single-speed transmission and an electric only range of roughly 40 miles, the car will also boast of a compact 3 cylinder engine. Pretty neat for a car of its class.

The new Mini car has been made by lotus in collaboration with parent company Proton. We hear three different variants of the car – a low-cost model for Asia, a regular one and a sportier version for the Western markets – are in the pipeline.

However, we hear that  the car will not be ready for roll out before 2014.

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