The New Straits Times reports that production of the Proton Arena pickup will be increased to 600 units per month next year to cater for higher than expected orders for the Wira-based utility vehicle.

Proton has entered a completely new market segment with the Arena, a Wira-based three-model pickup truck range.

The report said that currently Proton is producing at a rate of about 300 Proton Arena a month and the first deliveries to buyers are expected next week.