By on November 12, 2007

800px-protonwirafront.jpgThe New Anatolian (Turkey's Only Independent English-language daily) reports that Proton plans to team-up with Iran and Turkey to adapt their products for the Islamic market.  We're talking about a built-in compass to determine the direction of Mecca for prayers, compartments specifically designed for storing the Quran and headscarves, and, uh, that's about it. Proton's Managing Director told Turkey's national news agency Bernama that the modifications were part of Iran's thinly-veiled (so to speak) plans to play the spiritual card to attract the region's car buyers. ''What they want to do is to call that an Islamic car,'' Syed Zainal Abidin said. Since it's inception in 1983, the Malaysian automaker has been no stranger to governmental intervention. Proton's domination of its home market was in no small part due to onerous import duties levied against its erstwhile competition. ("Was" in the sense that their share of the Malaysian market has slipped from 60 percent to 23 percent.) Will Iran skew the market in a similar way to favor domestically-built "Islamic" cars, and exclude any automaker who isn't in bed with the ruling regime? Sounds like a plan to me.  

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13 Comments on “Proton to Build “Islamic Cars”...”

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    Will the Female Driver Detection and Prevention System come standard or as an option?

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    I’m not very familiar with the lack of women’s rights – so are females even allowed to drive over there? Would Saudi’s allow women to drive (they are more strict than other cultures – well except the maybe the Taliban).

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    Mirko Reinhardt

    Saudis won’t buy anything that cheap.

    Somebody has to make a satanist car now. Paint it in a hellish hue of red, give it pentagram wheels and a scary engine note. Oh wait, somebody’s already done that.

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    Ahh, I see Mirko is familiar with the Pontiac Bonneville. I particularly like the goat blood spewing from the engine, even if GM did use artifical blood in the form of transmission fluid.

    As for the Islamic car, that’s just gonna start a real nasty discussion best left to the political boards. Suffice to say, the $2500 Tata car and the $80K RX400H will appeal to the low and high end markets in that corner of the world, which as far as I can tell are all that exist.

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    I assume these cars will have IAS (Infidel Avoidance System – the car explodes when more than 20 Jewish and/or American people are within 50 feet).

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    Johnny Canada

    Reports indicate that Proton will target potential customers with the base “Infidel”, or nicely equipped “Radical” model.

    When asked about vehicle warranty, a Proton spokesperson shrugged and stated that, “product lifecycle will be determined by each owner”. Whatever that means.

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    Oh man… mixing religion and cars. That is so rich for jokes.

    How about… It stops running 5 time a day?

    The fuel door will refuse to open during daylight during the month of Ramadan.

    ok… those are lame. But Protons are a bit lame too… not exactly known for their fine quality, and protected at home from competitors by tariffs.

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    Women will be able to drive it, if the car detects a man (thru fingerprint recognition entry) in the car that is her husband, brother or father. Any other men, if entering with the woman, will cause the neutralization system to activate which will convert the woman’s seat into an electric chair and send her on to eternal damnation.

    The windshield and windows will turn black when a woman enters, so as to simulate the safety of a burkah.

    The car will be rendered inoperational during the five daily prayer times.

    It will not consume any fuel during ramadan. Nor will it be operational.

    It will require “halal” fuel.

    The option for pigskin leather is nowhere to be found!

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    Oh here’s another one…
    At the next auto show, the car will be present, but it will not be unveiled!!!

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    Also, the vehicles will be equipped with radar controlled cruise control. If it senses and infidel driving ahead, it will accelerate and detonate upon impact.

    Another feature is the effect the Proton has on other cars. Chevys, Fords, and Dodges will all slow down and respect the “peace loving” Proton’s lane position and always give the right of way no matter who really has it. At the same time, the Proton’s only mission is to destroy all the infidel vehicles it can find.

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    The D2.801 ought to try this new captive market out, Islam > 1 billion adherents, just add the 2nd scarf/glove compartment ASAP. The expected continued weakness of the dollar would be an asset, although being built by a bunch of infidels might not.

    Also – who needs in-dash navigation! OnStar guides you to your destination and can point you to Mecca, at least in the United States. My [Muslim] office assistant thinks there’s an untapped market for this…

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    “compartments specifically designed for storing the Quran and headscarves”

    You mean it’ll have a glovebox?….wow!

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    Don’t forget the optional wiring harness that detonates the driver’s car bomb when the air bag goes off. :-)

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