Proton and Suzuki have signed an agreement under which Suzuki will supply parts kits for the assembly of a model in Malaysia that will be badged as a Proton and sold in the Malaysian market.

Proton inked a memorandum of understanding and licence agreement with Suzuki to "form a long term strategic collaboration and partnership," the companies said.

The first model will be built at the Proton plant in Tanjung Malim from August 2016 and the two companies will study additional models, reports say.

Proton Chairman Mahathir Mohamad, who is a former prime minister of Malaysia, said Proton will initially rebrand and sell Suzuki models, before exploring the possibility of jointly developing new models in the longer run.

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