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Proton hopes revived with new Geely SUV

25 September 2018

Malaysia’s Proton Holdings announced at the weekend it has already pre-sold over 5,000 units of its new X70, just a week after it opened the order book for the model.


Proton under Geely - the future models

19 July 2018

The final Geely group brand to have its current future passenger vehicles assessed is Proton. Due to unremarkable cars, a home nation where the annual market remains well below three quarters of a million vehicles and poor marketing in the few countries it has tried to export to, the formerly state-run firm is a lacklustre operation. Could a cash infusion and a management shake-up transform the firm?


COMMENT - Lotus and a new beginning. Again?

28 June 2017

The deal is done. DRB-Hicom Berhad has signed an agreement for China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH) to take a 49.9% equity stake in Malaysian carmaker Proton Holdings Berhad (Proton). DRB also sold its stake in Lotus to ZGH (with a minority held by Etika Automotive). Ian Adcock considers the future for Lotus.


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.

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


just-auto Plus only Proton sells 4,524 units in September 2018

3 October 2018

After three consecutive months of posting record numbers in 2018, car sales in Malaysia shrank for September as the new Sales Service Tax (SST) came into force. Proton was no exception as a 36 month high of 9,501 units was followed up by sales of 4,524 units....


just-auto Plus only Proton unveils X70 its first SUV in Malaysia

10 September 2018

The long wait for an up close and personal look at Proton’s highly anticipated SUV finally came to an end as the Company unveiled their newest model to the Malaysian media during a static preview held at the Proton Styling Studio. Showcasing the first...


just-auto Plus only Proton sells 9,501 units in August 2018

4 September 2018

The recent trend of posting strong sales numbers for Proton continued in August 2018 as the company set a new high point for monthly sales in 2018 for the third consecutive month. Sales grew by 18.5% over July, making August the strongest sales month for...


Geely and Proton eye new energy vehicle JV

21 August 2018

Malaysia’s Proton Holdings and its strategic shareholder Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely) have signed a preliminary agreement to establish a new joint venture focused on new energy vehicles, according to reports in China.


just-auto Plus only Proton sells 8,102 units in July 2018

6 August 2018

Proton kicked off the second half of 2018 by posting its strongest sales numbers for the last 30 months. Sales grew by 31% over the previous month as 8,102 Proton cars were sold to local car buyers and export customers. While Malaysian sales were driven by...


Proton resumes exports, revamps domestic network

17 July 2018

Malaysia’s Proton Holdings has resumed exports to markets in the Middle East, with a shipment of 450 cars destined for the Jordanian city of Aqaba having left Port Klang this week.


just-auto Plus only Proton sells 6,173 units in June 2018

9 July 2018

Proton marked the end of the first half of 2018 by posting strong sales numbers for the month of June. Sales grew by 50% over the previous month as 6,173 Proton cars were sold to Malaysians eager to take advantage of zero rating for GST and the Duit Raya...


Malaysia's new PM mulls new national car

11 June 2018

Newly elected Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said his office would explore opportunities to establish a new national car project in his country.


just-auto Plus only Proton sells 4,783 units in January 2018

9 February 2018

Proton registered sales of 4,783 units in January 2018 with forecasted market share of 10.9%, an increase from the 8.8% market share in the previous month, despite registering lower sales from 4,802 units in December 2017. The Saga, Persona and Exora were...


just-auto Plus only Proton sells 70,991 cars in 2017

8 January 2018

Proton managed to stabilise its sales numbers for 2017 with an overall sales of 70,991 units of cars in 2017, compared to the 72,291 units sold in the previous year. Retail sales increased 2.5% to 68,184 units in 2017 from 66,513 units in 2016. A healthy...


just-auto Plus only Proton November 2017 sales up 2%

5 December 2017

Proton continues to maintain steady growth in its sales performance year-to-date. As at 30 November 2017, Proton achieved 66,190 units in sales, a growth of 2% compared to 65,069 in the same period last year. “It has been a challenging journey for...


just-auto Plus only Geely/DRB-Hicom announce Proton board structure

2 October 2017

Exactly one hundred days after the signing of the Definitive Agreement between DRB-Hicom Berhad (DRB-Hicom) and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Holding) on 23 June, the two companies have confirmed the new board structures and part of the executive team...


Geely to appoint new Proton CEO

19 September 2017

Proton Holdings’ current CEO Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Kenali will step down from his post at the end of September, parent company DRB-Hicom announced in a formal statement to the Malaysian stock exchange.


Proton to produce first Geely-based model by 2019

1 August 2017

Malaysian automaker Proton plans to launch its first passenger vehicle based on a Geely model in early 2019 at the latest, according to local reports citing international trade and industry minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan.


Geely acquires Proton stake and all of Lotus

23 June 2017

DRB-Hicom Berhad has signed an agreement for China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (ZGH) to take a 49.9% equity in Malaysian carmaker Proton Holdings Berhad (Proton). DRB also sold its entire stake in Lotus Advance Technology to ZGH and Etika Automotive. The signing came 30 days after both parties signed a heads of agreement on the deal in Putrajaya.


Proton presents improved Iriz

6 June 2017

Proton Holdings has rolled out its Proton Iriz model, which was earlier displayed at the DRB-HICOM Autofest last month.


Geely strikes agreement to acquire Proton/Lotus

24 May 2017

Zhejiang Geely says it has reached a binding heads of agreement with Proton owner DRB-Hicom to acquire the Malaysia-based automotive group.


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...

Proton news

just-auto Plus only Proton sells 4,524 units in September 2018

3 October 2018

After three consecutive months of posting record numbers in 2018, car sales in Malaysia shrank fo...


Proton hopes revived with new Geely SUV

25 September 2018

Malaysia's Proton Holdings announced at the weekend it has already pre-sold over 5,000 units of i...


just-auto Plus only Proton unveils X70 its first SUV in Malaysia

10 September 2018

The long wait for an up close and personal look at Proton’s highly anticipated SUV finally...


just-auto Plus only Proton sells 9,501 units in August 2018

4 September 2018

The recent trend of posting strong sales numbers for Proton continued in August 2018 as the compa...


Geely and Proton eye new energy vehicle JV

21 August 2018

Malaysia's Proton Holdings and its strategic shareholder Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely)...


just-auto Plus only Proton sells 8,102 units in July 2018

6 August 2018

Proton kicked off the second half of 2018 by posting its strongest sales numbers for the last 30...



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