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Will Geely take control of Proton?

13 February 2017

Shares in Proton Holding’s main shareholder, DRB-Hicom Bhd, rose to a three-month high last week as speculation mounted that China’s Geely Automobile Holdings is the front-runner to take control of Malaysia's first national car company.


Time is running out for Proton - Analysis

28 September 2016

Malaysia’s DRB-Hicom has stepped up its efforts to find a strategic partner for its struggling car subsidiary Proton, just four years after it acquired a controlling stake in the country’s first national car company.


ANALYSIS: Japan under attack from foreign brands

16 July 2015

Vehicle sales ended the first half of CY2015 down 11%, due mostly to a tax rise for Kei-models. Yet not every OEM is suffering. Mazda was up 47% in June, while multiple European brands are also enjoying high percentage gains.


THE WEEK THAT WAS: Air bag recall still confusing

5 June 2015

Big News this week was the incredible confirmation - from NHTSA - of a 5.1m recall of Honda/Acura cars with airbags with Takata inflators. It had been flagged up earlier by the automaker but then came the report that neither supplier or US regulator are quite sure of the safety of up to 3m replacement parts.

Latest interviews


Interview with fuel cell firm CEO

29 November 2010

Intelligent Energy is a leading clean power systems company specialising in the application of fuel cell technologies in a number of industrial sectors, including automotive. Dave Leggett caught up with CEO and Executive Director Dr Henri Winand.


Lotus rails against red tape

22 December 2008

Lotus Group CEO Mike Kimberley has criticised government policy and red tape that he claims is harming business and making the UK less attractive as a location for manufacturing cars.


PSA's emerging markets strategy

2 November 2007

China, Russia, India and even Mexico are on the agenda as PSA strives to reduce its reliance on Western Europe, PSA board director Gilles Michel tells Mark Bursa


Q&A with Group Lotus CEO

24 September 2007

UK-based Group Lotus is a wholly owned subsidiary of Malaysia’s Proton and has two main activities: it makes sports cars and has an engineering consulting arm. Mike Kimberley is steeped in Lotus tradition, having worked alongside company founder Colin Chapman. He was parachuted in as Group Lotus CEO last year and is charged with taking the company forward. Dave Leggett recently met up with him.

Latest news


Geely to withdraw Proton bid

23 March 2017

China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has decided to withdraw its bid to acquire Malaysia's first national carmaker Proton, according to reports in China.


Geely reconsiders Proton bid

3 March 2017

Shares of Malaysia’s DRB-Hicom fell sharply in late trading on Friday as investors reacted to news that Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is re-evaluating its recent bid for Proton Holdings.


PSA and Geely bid for Proton - reports

21 February 2017

PSA Group and China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group have reportedly submitted bids to buy a stake in loss-making Proton.


just-auto Plus only Proton appoints new chief executive officer

3 February 2017

Proton Holdings Berhad (“Proton” or "the Company") announced the appointment of Encik Abdul Rashid Musa as the chief executive officer of Proton Edar Sdn Bhd (“PESB”), effective 1 February 2017, replacing Encik Rohime Shafie...


just-auto Plus only Proton Ertiga launched in Malaysia

24 November 2016

True to its commitment to launch 4 cars in the year 2016, Proton Holdings Bhd (“Proton” or “the Company”) officially launched Proton Ertiga at the Setia City Convention Centre, Setia Alam, Selangor. Proton Ertiga is the fourth and final...


Proton strategic partnership expected March 2017

18 November 2016

Proton Holdings, Malaysia’s privately-owned first national car company, is expected to sign a new strategic partnership with a foreign vehicle manufacturer at the end of March 2017, a government official told local reporters this week.


Renault Q3 revenue up 13% to EUR10.5bn

26 October 2016

Groupe Renault has unveiled third quarter revenue up 13% to EUR10.5bn (US$11.5bn) due mainly to Europe's continuing strong performance.


just-auto Plus only Proton launches new Saga 1.3L in Malaysia

29 September 2016

Proton Holdings, officially launched the third generation Proton Saga 1.3L on 28 September 2016, at the Setia City Convention Centre, Setia Alam, Selangor. The event was graced by YB Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of Youth and Sports. First introduced in 1985,...


DRB to sell majority stake in Proton

28 September 2016

DRB-Hicom, the parent company of Proton Holdings, is preparing to sell a 51% stake in Malaysia’s first national car company to a foreign strategic investor, according to local reports citing industry insiders.


PSA and Proton ‘talking about partnership’

23 September 2016

PSA Peugeot-Citroen and Malaysian automaker Proton are reportedly discussing a partnership, according to media reports. There are also reports that a number of other OEMs could be discussing potential partnerships with struggling Proton.


just-auto Plus only Proton and its unions sign renewed CA

7 September 2016

Proton Holdings (Proton or the company) has renewed its collective agreement ("CA") with its union members at a recent signing ceremony held at Proton Centre of Excellence here in Subang Jaya, Selangor. The agreement was signed and concluded on 19...


just-auto Plus only ASEAN NCAP scores Proton Persona five stars

24 August 2016

The new Car assessment programme for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) released new crash test results for the latest model of Malaysia’s first national car maker, Proton, the Persona, a new sedan version of Proton Iriz. As the Persona is the sedan...


just-auto Plus only Proton Persona 2016 launched in Malaysia

23 August 2016

After teasing the public with glimpses of the all-new Proton Persona, Proton Holdings officially launched the car on 23 August 2016, at the Setia city convention centre. The event was graced by YB Dato' Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade...


Lotus further 'lightweights' Evora 400

22 August 2016

Various lightweighting measures have enabled Lotus to shave 42kg off the weight of its Evora 400 model, the automaker said.


just-auto Plus only Proton starts taking Persona orders in Malaysia

16 August 2016

Proton Holdings on 16 August 2016, announced that the all-new Proton Persona, which will be unveiled on 23 August 2016, is now open for booking, subject to a booking fee of MYR300 (US$75.16) (fee is refundable in any circumstances). Similar to the newer...


Malaysia sales flat as Perodua launches compact

21 July 2016

Malaysia’s new vehicle market was largely unchanged in June, with sales falling just slightly to 57,358 units compared with 57,436 in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


just-auto Plus only Lotus Hethel facility rolls off first 3-Eleven/Elise Cup 250 sportscar

24 June 2016

Ready to humble some of the fastest cars that money can buy, two of the greatest, most extreme Lotus models ever produced, the Lotus 3-Eleven, finished in matt and gloss black colour scheme and the Lotus Elise Cup 250 in red, have driven off the production...


just-auto Plus only Proton launches new Perdana in Malaysia

14 June 2016

Proton is proud to unveil the new 4th generation Perdana, the highly anticipated car that seamlessly integrates dynamic design and elegance for an enjoyable drive. Held at Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), the new Perdana was unveiled by YAB...


just-auto Plus only Proton recalls Inspira and Exora CPS models globally

24 May 2016

This announcement is made in reference to the recent statement made by Mitsubishi Motors Japan on 18 February 2016, whereby Mitsubishi announced a global recall of selected Mitsubishi models worldwide for defective right-turn indicator switches. Since Proton...


just-auto Plus only Proton Malaysia names new non-executive chairman

6 May 2016

Proton Holdings Berhad (“Proton” or "the company"), announced the appointment of Dato’ Sri Syed Faisal Albar bin Syed Ali Rethza Albar, the group managing director of DRB-HICOM Berhad as its new non-executive chairman effective 5...


just-auto Plus only Proton Malaysia appoints new CEO

11 April 2016

Proton Holdings Berhad announced the appointment of En. Rohime Shafie as the Chief executive officer of Proton Edar Sdn Bhd ("PESB"), replacing En. Norzahid Bin Mohd Zahudi who has tendered his resignation effective immediately. En. Rohime Shafie,...


Mahatir resigns as chairman of Proton, Group Lotus

1 April 2016

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has resigned from his position as chairman of Proton Holdings and chairman of the company’s UK sports car subsidiary Group Lotus.


just-auto Plus only Proton to hike car prices in Malaysia

3 February 2016

Further to the announcement made by Proton Holdings in early December 2015, the company will be undertaking an exercise which will involve a price increase across all Proton cars. This exercise will see a marginal increase of MYR312 (US$73.8850) to a maximum...


Malaysia sales rise 7.4% in December

21 January 2016

New vehicle sales in Malaysia rose by 7.4% to 69,401 units in December, from 64,638 units in the same month of last year, according to data compiled by the Malaysian Automotive Association.


Proton developing new range of Euro6C engines

19 January 2016

Malaysia’s first national car company Proton Holdings said it is investing MYR600m (US$136m) to develop a new generation of engines that meet stringent European emission standards.


just-auto Plus only Proton reveals its latest R&D engine technology in Malaysia

19 January 2016

National car manufacturer Proton Holdings Berhad today, 18 January 2016, held the first firing of its latest powertrain, the 1.5 litre TGDI (Turbo Gasoline Direct Injection) at the facilities of Ricardo in England. This momentous occasion marks the...


just-auto Plus only UK: Lotus introduces new Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220

17 November 2015

The Lotus Elise Sport and Elise Sport 220 mark a return the iconic 'Sport' naming designation, used previously on the famed Lotus Esprit and with it the Lotus Elise package becomes lighter, and even more performance-focused. Twenty years ago, the Lotus Elise...


just-auto Plus only GERMANY: Lotus announces financial partnership with akf bank

7 October 2015

Lotus Cars is pleased to announce a new collaborative partnership with akf bank. Under the name 'Lotus Financial Services'. Lotus Cars and akf bank will offer financial services to Lotus dealers and retail finance products within the German market....


just-auto Plus only MALAYSIA: Proton unveils pickup concept at Alami Proton Carnival 2015

6 October 2015

Proton unveiled a pickup concept at Alami Proton Carnival 2015. The model, which is yet to be named, is based on the same platform as the company's people-mover Exora, and features both front and rear LED lights. Proton also unveiled 2016 Perdana at the...


just-auto Plus only FRANCE: Lotus debuts new Evora 400 at Salon Automobile de Lyon 2015

28 September 2015

After its successful debut in the last months and collecting the first enthusiastic feedback from the international press, Lotus has marked the Salon Automobile de Lyon on 25 September with the new and highly anticipated Evora 400. Supported by the Lotus...

Proton news

Geely to withdraw Proton bid

23 March 2017

China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has decided to withdraw its bid to acquire Malaysia's first...


Geely reconsiders Proton bid

3 March 2017

Shares of Malaysia's DRB-Hicom fell sharply in late trading on Friday as investors reacted to...


PSA and Geely bid for Proton - reports

21 February 2017

PSA Group and China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group have reportedly submitted bids to buy a stake...


Will Geely take control of Proton?

13 February 2017

Shares in Proton Holding's main shareholder, DRB-Hicom Bhd, rose to a three-month high last week...


just-auto Plus only Proton appoints new chief executive officer

3 February 2017

Proton Holdings Berhad (“Proton” or "the Company") announced the appointmen...


just-auto Plus only Proton Ertiga launched in Malaysia

24 November 2016

True to its commitment to launch 4 cars in the year 2016, Proton Holdings Bhd (“Proton&rdqu...



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