Not the shape of Lotus things to come? – Click above for high-res image gallery
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 occurred that included the possibility of Proton doing final assembly of complete-knock-down (CKD) kits in Malaysia.
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 clear that it's more interes
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 vehicle into an all-out rocket. Cars like the Dodge Spirit R/T and Isuzu I-Mark have all gotten a heal
Lotus Evora Type 124 Endurance Racer - click above image for high-res gallery
After showing practically no signs of life since being revived in a joint venture between Zap! and Youngman Automotive Group last February and officially striking out on its own less than a week ago, Detroit Electric has emerged, in Malaysia, a
The Malaysian government has given the green light to national car maker Proton to begin "in-depth validation and testing" of electric cars. The announcement came after the Cabinet Committee on Inflation received a briefing on the role e-cars can have in reducing the consumption of petrol and diesel. Prime minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who seemed to be completely behind the idea, expressed hope that commercialization of the project could begin in a years time. As part of the announc
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A Proton Savvy used just 1.66 tanks of gas to cover a little over 1,000 miles in a journey across . That run set a national fuel economy record for a standard showroom vehicle above 1,000cc. The vehicle recorded fuel economy of 4.218 liter per 100km, which equates to 55.76mpg. The Savvy is powered by a 1.2-liter engine rated at 74 horsepower.
Proton will build be adding a few new acronyms to its model lineup. The Malaysian concern announced yesterday at the Kuala Lumpur Auto Conference that it has designs on revamping its offerings to include an SUV and an MPV, and the vehicles could speak with a British or Chinese accent. Confused? Proton hopes to develop the vehicles over the next two years with business partner Lotus, but the company has also been seen recently working with Chinese concerns Chery and
Malaysian automaker Proton will likely announce this week which Chinese automaker it’s chosen as a dance partner. Any foreign automaker wishing to break into the highly lucrative Chinese auto market must buddy up with a local automaker in order to do business in the communist country according to state law.
With American buyers just beginning to wrap their heads around inexpensive Chinese cars coming to market, a new free trade agreement between Malaysia and the U.S. promises to add a few unfamiliar names to the likes of 'Geely' and 'Brilliance.' The pending FTA (expected to be approved next year) could double two-way trade between the U.S. and Malaysia by 2010, paving the way for auto companies like Perodua and
It may sound a bit like a lowball bid from the Price Is Right, but automaker Proton has sold its 57.7 percent stake in Italian motorcycle manufacturer MV Agusta for the princely sum of one euro (about $1.18 USD). It isn't that the Malaysian concern was just feeling particularly generous... far from it, in fact. The company's new owner, Italian investment company Gevi SpA has agreed to take on Agusta's "restructured frozen debts," which amounts to