Honda and Malaysia's Proton have signed an agreement to work together, but before we go and start dreaming about a Lotus-derived Honda S2000 successor, Automotive News Europe breaks down what the deal could mean for both automakers. Proton (parent company of Lotus) has been trying to build a relationship with bigger automakers (including Volkswagen) since being acquired by DRB-Hicom back in January, but this agreement with Honda could be a great opportunity for the rebuilding automaker to grow.

According to the article, it is likely that the two companies could share production facilities and even vehicle platforms, and it also says that the deal could help Proton boost its export capability. Since Honda already has a plant in Malaysia, which is currently being expanded to build the new Jazz Hybrid, it isn't clear how the Japanese automaker will benefit from the deal. That said, DRB-Hicom is already involved in many areas of the automobile industry and builds Mercedes-Benz, Suzuki and Volkswagen cars in Malaysia.


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      Iskandar Hidayat Bin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like Mr. Ahmad Firdaus is a big Proton fan n i myself as a Malaysian is proud of Proton. But, we should know n face the truth... Proton have been in the industry for more than 25 years n yet we are still blank the direction they are heading to right now, they want to make an affordable car for Malaysian with targeting price of below RM80k, but they have terminate (don't know whether it for a while) Gen2 and soon going to be Persona that price around RM45k to RM60k in the Malaysian market. So, the cheapest Sedan that have the "looks" (Waja and Saga - like old man car) currently is only the Preve. When talking about collaboration or joint-venture, its always Proton that benefited from it like what have happen with Mitsubishi for the Proton Inspira aka Lancer. Although Mitsubishi, get the Persona n Exora platform with the deal... i don't think Mitsu will use it because they already have Sedan n MPV platform on their line-up... Proton instead have modified the Inspira with Lotus handling n add Auto-cruise to it. I hope the deal with Honda will benefit both parties n Proton never let History repeat itself.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Iskandar Hidayat Bin
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        Ahmad Firdaus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Iskandar Hidayat Bin
        looks how many thumbs down he had...lol...if he felt malaysia is like what he said he must be some snoob that thinks he is always right. yeah from this colabo it seems that proton that would have the advantage and honda seems want just to hire proton as their OEM supplier in the asean. looking at the low-budget car market, honda also can benefit from proton's current lineup. the saga flx, exora and EMAS production-maybe could be a great car to enter 3rd world markets.
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      would be nice to switch Lotus back to Honda engines. Popular upgrades are to dump the Toyota motor and switch in the K-series.
        Kwijiboz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        Wut? Who da fuq would be stupid enough to dump any current Lotus/Toyota engine for a K-series? Evidence please?
          zoom_zoom_zoom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kwijiboz
          Anyone serious about racing swaps out the crappy Toyota mill for a decent motor. http://www.maidstonesportscars.co.uk/services/performance/modern/honda-conversions.html
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        Ahmad Firdaus
        • 2 Years Ago
        have u been to Malaysia? its a developing country rather than 3rd world country.
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        Kwijiboz
        • 2 Years Ago
        Wouldn't we assume that Honda now only has to contribute half of the development costs of future shared platforms? And if Proton ends up basing something on some current model Honda, Proton will tip them bucket loads of cash? With Proton having such a minuscule presence outside of Malaysia there's little chance of them cannibalising Honda sales too.....actually the more I think along these lines the more I wonder what's in it for Proton!
      CK
      • 1 Year Ago
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