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    Report: No partnership between Volkswagen and Proton

    The on-again, off-again talks between Volkswagen and Proton about a potential partnership seem to be off-again, and this time it's likely for good. The German and Malaysian automakers first began talking back in 2007 before breaking things off. Recently, however, some high-level discussions have ...

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    Is VW looking to buy Malaysia's Proton?

    It looks like Volkswagen may be continuing to raid the global buffet of lesser automakers. According to reports, Malaysian carbuilder Proton has been in talks with ze People's automaker in an attempt to establish some sort of alliance, thought for now details are sketchy at best. Proton has made it ...

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    Proton Satria Neo R3 continues proud Lotus tradition of tuning obscure econocars

    We love Lotus for many reasons. Yes, the thought of lightweight track heathens with more grip than horsepower sends our hearts all aflutter, but there are other reasons to be smitten with the British brand. Like how occasionally the engineers get bored and decide to turn an otherwise pedestrian ...

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    Geneva 2010: Proton Emas gets by with a little help from its friends

    ItalDesign-Giugiargo Proton Emas – Click above for high-res image gallery
    If Proton is going to make it on the global scene amidst the big players, it's going to need some help. Fortunately for the Malaysian state-owned automaker, help isn't far behind. With the world's major carmakers ...

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    Geneva Preview: Lotus provides a peek at Proton city car concept's plug-in hybrid platform

    Lotus Proton Concept – Click above for high-res image
    Lotus has provided a sneak peak at the underpinnings of its Proton concept ahead of the city car's world debut at next week's Geneva Motor Show, and while it isn't much to go on, it's a keen glimpse into the automaker's future ...

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    Video: Lotus returns to Formula One with the launch of the T127

    2010 Lotus T127 - Click above for high-res image gallery. Follow the jump to watch video.
    After 15 years, one of the most successful names in Formula One returns to the grid with the launch of the Lotus T127. Note that we said "name," not necessarily "team," since Lotus F1 Racing is not ...

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    Geneva Preview: Proton shows new Giugiaro designed hybrid concept

    Malaysian automaker Proton has released the first image of a new compact hybrid concept it will show off next month at the Geneva Motor Show. At this point, we don't have a name or any technical details, but the body was apparently designed by Italian studio Italdesign Giugiaro. Since Proton is ...

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    To F1 and Beyond: Lotus reportedly considering Le Mans, GT and Indy teams

    Lotus Evora Type 124 racer – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Arguably more than any other automaker in the world, Lotus is ripe for a return to racing. Its products are uniquely track focused. Its history is rife with motorsport heritage. And its new chief executive comes to the ...

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    Malaysian-backed Lotus F1 Racing gears up for 2010

    Lotus F1 Racing wind-tunnel model – Click above for high-res gallery
    It's been fifteen years since Lotus last competed in Formula One, but that dry spell is about to come to an end as the British engineering firm and sportscar maker is set to join the grid once again for next season as ...

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    Lotus CEO says automaker will again take on Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati

    Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racer - click above image for high-res gallery
    When most people think of Lotus, a few different thoughts tend to enter their head. One is of little teeny Toyota-powered Elise/Exige track toys buzzing around a racetrack. Another is of an underwater submarine piloted ...

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    Lotus back in F1, BMW Sauber gets new ownership

    Lotus F1 racer - Click above for high-res image gallery
    Two major announcements came hot on the heels of one another on Tuesday that seem set to shake up the always turbulent Formula 1 series even further in 2010. First, Team Lotus will indeed be back on the starting grid next year to contest the ...

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    REPORT: Proton could take the reins from BMW Sauber, return Lotus to F1

    Lotus Type 72 - Click above for high-res image gallery
    When BMW announced several weeks ago that it would be withdrawing from Formula One at the end of the 2009 season, the automaker left open the fate of the operations it bought from Peter Sauber. Since then, reports have indicated that the ...

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    REPORT: Detroit Electric signs deal with Proton, plans two new electric cars

    Last September, the revived Detroit Electric brand announced in Malaysia that it planned to produce a new line of electric vehicles by the end of 2009. At the time, nothing was official, but the electric cars on display were based on the guts of Proton Savvy and Persona sedans, leading us to wonder ...

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    Proton to pick up Subaru's mantle in the WRC?

    Click above to view more of the Proton Satria Neo S2000 rally car
    Before Subaru entered the World Rally Championship in the Nineties, it was little more than an obscure Asian automaker. Though its rallying efforts helped to put it on the map, Subaru has decided to ditch the WRC this season. But ...

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    Protection for Proton by Malaysian government ends

    The Malaysian government has decided to end its protection of Malaysia's Proton Motors. In addition to the import duties and taxes levied against foreign carmakers, Proton was also the recipient of tax breaks and "other government incentives."The decision could be seen as a blow to Proton, but ...

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    Melbourne '08 Preview: Proton R3 Satria hints at future hatch hotness

    click above for high-res gallery of the Proton R3 SatriaMalaysian automaker Proton will offer up a teaser of its next-generation hot hatchback when it shows the R3 Satria, a performance variant of the Satria Neo, at the Melbourne Motor Show next week. R3 is Satria's in-house performace wing -- ...

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    Another Malaysian automaker interested in buying Lotus?

    According to a report by Reuters, a Malaysian company has approached Proton Holdings and asked if the automaker would be willing to part with its controlling stake in Lotus. The unnamed company is interested in purchasing the 63.75-percent of shares of the British automaker and automotive ...

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    Volkswagen to Proton: I'm just not that into you!

    After several months of discussions with the Malaysian government about working with Proton, Volkswagen has decided to call it quits. The Malaysian government is the largest shareholder in the local company that also owns Lotus. Lotus has been doing fairly well of late thanks to their continuing ...

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    Volkswagen/Proton on-again, off-again deal back on again?

    Late last year reports first surfaced that Volkswagen was interested in taking a controlling interest in Malaysian car maker Proton. But by March the talks had apparently broken down. Now for the first time Volkswagen has actually made a statement about Proton. Volkswagen is picking up the pace in ...

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    UPDATE: No Chinese-built Lotus on the horizon

    Contrary to a report that surfaced Monday, Lotus has no intention of partnering with the Malaysian state-owned automaker, Proton, to build cars in China. This announcement debunks what Jinhua Neoplan has asserted throughout a number of articles in the Chinese press – including the ...


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