The Truth About Cars » Proton http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:54:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Proton http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Crapwagon Outtake: The Malaysian Accord http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/crapwagon-outtake-malaysian-accord/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/crapwagon-outtake-malaysian-accord/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:02:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=942241 The last time we heard about Proton, our own Jack Baruth was flying nearly 23,000 miles to go drive a diminutive, Mitsubishi-based Proton hatchback in a Malaysian time-trial series. Proton may be best associated with their Mitsubishi partnership, but the two parties went their separate ways long ago. Today’s news bulletins saw Proton and Honda […]

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The last time we heard about Proton, our own Jack Baruth was flying nearly 23,000 miles to go drive a diminutive, Mitsubishi-based Proton hatchback in a Malaysian time-trial series. Proton may be best associated with their Mitsubishi partnership, but the two parties went their separate ways long ago. Today’s news bulletins saw Proton and Honda […]

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VW Budget Brand Hitting Budget Wall, Still Under Consideration http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/vw-budget-brand-hitting-budget-wall-still-under-consideration/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/03/vw-budget-brand-hitting-budget-wall-still-under-consideration/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:47:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=760145 In 2012, Volkswagen began research into starting a budget brand in the vein of Datsun and intended rival Dacia, with the aim of having a full lineup ready for sale by 2015. Two years later, the budget brand has hit a budget wall, and that’s only the start. Autoblog and Autocar report VW is having […]

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In 2012, Volkswagen began research into starting a budget brand in the vein of Datsun and intended rival Dacia, with the aim of having a full lineup ready for sale by 2015. Two years later, the budget brand has hit a budget wall, and that’s only the start. Autoblog and Autocar report VW is having […]

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Let The Lotus Deathwatch Begin. Or Shall We Simply Pull The Plug? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/let-the-lotus-deathwatch-begin-or-shall-we-just-pull-the-plug/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/let-the-lotus-deathwatch-begin-or-shall-we-just-pull-the-plug/#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:29:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=473867 Another inspiration for wet dreams of easily impressed juvenile car bloggers is dying, is bleeding to death and has a “do not resuscitate” note nailed to the head.  Lotus has been given up for dead. Blogs from autoevolution all the way to our sister pub Autoguide reprint the happy PR fluff that Lotus wants to […]

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Another inspiration for wet dreams of easily impressed juvenile car bloggers is dying, is bleeding to death and has a “do not resuscitate” note nailed to the head.  Lotus has been given up for dead. Blogs from autoevolution all the way to our sister pub Autoguide reprint the happy PR fluff that Lotus wants to […]

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Saab Outselling Lotus Nearly 2:1 In UK http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/saab-outselling-lotus-nearly-21-in-uk/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/saab-outselling-lotus-nearly-21-in-uk/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 17:42:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=466084 Timothy Cain’s sales numbers for the UK provide a pretty sobering snapshot of Lotus and its quest for survival. Year-to-date, the brand is dead last in the UK sales rankings, outsold by such luminaries as Perodua, Ssangyong and Proton. Even now-defunct Saab is handily beating Lotus. In October, 16 Saabs were sold, versus 2 Lotus […]

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Timothy Cain’s sales numbers for the UK provide a pretty sobering snapshot of Lotus and its quest for survival. Year-to-date, the brand is dead last in the UK sales rankings, outsold by such luminaries as Perodua, Ssangyong and Proton. Even now-defunct Saab is handily beating Lotus. In October, 16 Saabs were sold, versus 2 Lotus […]

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Proton, Honda Announce Collaboration In Malaysia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/proton-honda-announce-collaboration-in-malaysia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/proton-honda-announce-collaboration-in-malaysia/#comments Tue, 30 Oct 2012 13:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465275 Ahead of their crucial announcement outlining the future of Proton, parent company DRB-Hicom (also of Lotus fame) has announced that they will partner with Honda, after a long courtship process that involved numerous auto makers. An official announcement from DRB-Hicom outlined the partnership agreement Under the Agreement, PROTON and HONDA MOTOR will explore collaboration opportunities […]

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Ahead of their crucial announcement outlining the future of Proton, parent company DRB-Hicom (also of Lotus fame) has announced that they will partner with Honda, after a long courtship process that involved numerous auto makers. An official announcement from DRB-Hicom outlined the partnership agreement Under the Agreement, PROTON and HONDA MOTOR will explore collaboration opportunities […]

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Proton Boycotts Sales Data, Says It’s The Law http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/proton-boycotts-sales-data-says-its-the-law/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/proton-boycotts-sales-data-says-its-the-law/#comments Sat, 01 Sep 2012 12:36:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458624 Uh-oh: Our colleagues and fellow market watchers in Malaysia were waiting and waiting for market data for the month of July, but none arrived. With August about to end, they stared to ask questions. They were told there won’t be any data. No, it wasn’t because Malaysia suddenly is like Europe. In the Old Country, […]

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Uh-oh: Our colleagues and fellow market watchers in Malaysia were waiting and waiting for market data for the month of July, but none arrived. With August about to end, they stared to ask questions. They were told there won’t be any data. No, it wasn’t because Malaysia suddenly is like Europe. In the Old Country, […]

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Winterkorn: Marchionne Talks Nonsense http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/winterkorn-marchionne-talks-nonsense/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/winterkorn-marchionne-talks-nonsense/#comments Fri, 31 Aug 2012 09:29:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458436   Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn heaped salt into the open wounds of Europe’s embattled automakers. In light of the drooping demand, Europe could  perfectly manage with 10 fewer plants, Winterkorn said in an interview with Germany’s Handelsblatt.  However, don’t you’re your breath on Volkswagen shutting down any of its EU assembly lines. Volkswagen stand behind […]

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  Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn heaped salt into the open wounds of Europe’s embattled automakers. In light of the drooping demand, Europe could  perfectly manage with 10 fewer plants, Winterkorn said in an interview with Germany’s Handelsblatt.  However, don’t you’re your breath on Volkswagen shutting down any of its EU assembly lines. Volkswagen stand behind […]

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Für Elise: Volkswagen Interested In Lotus And All Of Proton While They are At It http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/fur-elise-volkswagen-interested-in-lotus-and-all-of-proton-while-they-are-at-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/fur-elise-volkswagen-interested-in-lotus-and-all-of-proton-while-they-are-at-it/#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 18:47:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454359 As you read this, an old friend of mine is probably packing. Who knows, he could already be in the air. He was Volkswagen’s boots on the ground in Malaysia, the many times VW wanted to get its boots on the ground in Malaysia. Last time they tried in 2007, they disrupted Dirk’s retirement and […]

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As you read this, an old friend of mine is probably packing. Who knows, he could already be in the air. He was Volkswagen’s boots on the ground in Malaysia, the many times VW wanted to get its boots on the ground in Malaysia. Last time they tried in 2007, they disrupted Dirk’s retirement and […]

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Was DRB-Hicom’s “Due Diligence” The Beginning And The End For Dany Bahar And Lotus? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/was-drb-hicoms-due-diligence-the-beginning-and-the-end-for-dany-bahar-and-lotus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/was-drb-hicoms-due-diligence-the-beginning-and-the-end-for-dany-bahar-and-lotus/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447727 Lotus CEO Dany Bahar’s 14 day suspension is set to expire on Monday. We have no idea what will happen next. He may get the boot, taking his ambitious five-year product plan with him. Or he may not. Putting the pieces together since Lotus was taken over by DRB-Hicom has painted an interesting picture, while […]

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Lotus CEO Dany Bahar’s 14 day suspension is set to expire on Monday. We have no idea what will happen next. He may get the boot, taking his ambitious five-year product plan with him. Or he may not. Putting the pieces together since Lotus was taken over by DRB-Hicom has painted an interesting picture, while […]

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Lotus Investors: Sell! Sell! Sell! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/lotus-investors-sell-sell-sell/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/lotus-investors-sell-sell-sell/#comments Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:53:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=423575 Lotus is one of those brands that every auto enthusiast loved to lionize, despite (or possibly because of) the fact that it hasn’t made a profit for its owner, Proton, in 15 years. But now things are changing. Lotus itself is in the midst of a makeover, seeking to transition from niche sports- and track-car […]

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Lotus is one of those brands that every auto enthusiast loved to lionize, despite (or possibly because of) the fact that it hasn’t made a profit for its owner, Proton, in 15 years. But now things are changing. Lotus itself is in the midst of a makeover, seeking to transition from niche sports- and track-car […]

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Adventures In Global TV Marketing: The Citroën AX http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/adventures-in-global-tv-marketing-the-citroen-ax/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/adventures-in-global-tv-marketing-the-citroen-ax/#comments Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:30:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=383508 Sure, Internet video is mostly about dental-fetish porn (particularly the very stimulating “spit sink” subgenre), but when the novocaine wears off and the last vinyl-clad hygienist has put aside her last stainless-steel scraper, you’re ready to explore the other great thing about Internet video… old television ads for the Citroën AX. The AX had quite […]

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Sure, Internet video is mostly about dental-fetish porn (particularly the very stimulating “spit sink” subgenre), but when the novocaine wears off and the last vinyl-clad hygienist has put aside her last stainless-steel scraper, you’re ready to explore the other great thing about Internet video… old television ads for the Citroën AX. The AX had quite […]

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Not All Ripoffs Come From China…. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/not-all-ripoffs-come-from-china/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/not-all-ripoffs-come-from-china/#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 16:04:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=376054 It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a Mitsubishi Evo… or not. What we’re actually looking at here is a Proton Jebat, Malaysia’s (copied) answer to the Evo X. And though Proton got the Evo X’s looks down to a T, they weren’t quite able to replicate the rally-bred Mitsu’s secret sauce performance-wise. Proton’s two-liter […]

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a Mitsubishi Evo… or not. What we’re actually looking at here is a Proton Jebat, Malaysia’s (copied) answer to the Evo X. And though Proton got the Evo X’s looks down to a T, they weren’t quite able to replicate the rally-bred Mitsu’s secret sauce performance-wise. Proton’s two-liter […]

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VW In Tie-Up Talks With Proton http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/vw-in-tie-up-talks-with-proton/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/vw-in-tie-up-talks-with-proton/#comments Thu, 27 May 2010 17:52:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=357422 Having recently hooked up with firms like BYD and Suzuki, Volkswagen is continuing its rampage across the developing world’s markets, as Reuters reports that the VW’s leadership is in talks with the Malaysian state-owned (42 percent) automaker Proton. VW had previously sought an alliance with Proton, but talks broke off without an agreement in 2007. […]

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Having recently hooked up with firms like BYD and Suzuki, Volkswagen is continuing its rampage across the developing world’s markets, as Reuters reports that the VW’s leadership is in talks with the Malaysian state-owned (42 percent) automaker Proton. VW had previously sought an alliance with Proton, but talks broke off without an agreement in 2007. […]

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