By on November 6, 2014


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 announce a possible partnership. What this means is that Honda vehicles would be assembled in Malaysian by the state-owned auto maker and sold at rock bottom prices, free of the onerous levies that “imported” cars face in the country.

But if you’re a Malaysian civil servant, you don’t have to wait. The Proton Perdana is a last-generation Accord that is available only to government bigwigs. The Malaysian Prime Minister is chauffeured around in a long-wheelbase version.

Government officials get to enjoy 2.0L and 2.4L engines, which are positively enormous by Malaysia’s taxation standards. When the car is approved for sale to the general public, it will likely have to make due with smaller displacement units designed by Petronas, Malaysia’s state energy company.

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