Proton is closing its Malaysian assembly line created to build Lotus Elise sportscars for regional distribution, relying instead on cars imported from the UK, reports Auto-Asia online (28/11/00).

According to the article, factors involved in this decision included the time it took to sell the 150 CKD packs imported in the first phase which - with volumes so low - proved difficult for local suppliers to build components at competitive prices.

The1997 Asian financial crisis that resulted in the depreciation of the riggit against sterling was also cited as an influential factor, said Auto-Asia.