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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 interested in upping its exports than anything else. Given that fact, it wouldn't surprise us to see Proton-built machines wearing VW badges in some far-flung corners of the globe