Struggling Malaysian automaker Proton has been hunting for a major OEM partnership for some time. Rumors have linked the company to PSA and VW. GM snuggled-up to Proton last year, meeting with management and shareholders. According to The Motor Authority, GM's recent financial "challenges" haven't discouraged the The General's Prez for S.E. Asian Ops from continuing to play footsie. "If Proton wants to talk," Stephen K. Carlisle announced. "We are ready as we are always interested about collaborating with them." GM may be hunting for [another] low-cost, entry-level car for emerging markets. As Proton also holds a majority share of Lotus, Hethelmania may also be taking hold. But c'mon. Another brand? And what about the money question? "GM would be able to make a financial commitment for a collaboration with Proton," Carlisle told The Star. "If it made business sense now." Yeah, sure.
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