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June 17, 2003

UK: Proton importer adds pickup line

The UK Proton importer has launched a Wira-based ‘half tonne’ pickup priced from £5,995 excluding VAT (which most businesses can reclaim). The Proton Jumbuck has already been launched in Malaysia, where it is made, and in Australia and can carry a 635 kg payload with a load capacity of over 800 litres.

By bcusack

The UK Proton importer has launched a Wira-based ‘half tonne’ pickup priced from £5,995 excluding VAT (which most businesses can reclaim).

The Proton Jumbuck has already been launched in Malaysia, where it is made, and in Australia and can carry a 635 kg payload with a load capacity of over 800 litres.

The importer says the 1.63 metre long load tray can accommodate a trail bike or jet ski, while 415 mm high side panels provide a secure load area for builders, heating engineers, florists or gardeners and horticulturalists.

Proton’s British subsidiary Lotus Engineering played a key role in the Jumbuck’s development, from its ride and handling to the design of the load area, integrity of the body structure and robust construction.

Power comes from a transverse mounted Mitsubishi-designed 1.5 litre, 12 valve, four cylinder petrol engine mated to a five speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels.

Buyers have a choice between the base GL model at £5,995 ex-VAT or a GLS version with cloth seats, CD player, alloy wheels, driving lamps, electric windows and two-tone metallic paint with wheel arch and body side mouldings for £6,895 ex-VAT, both with a three year / 60,000 mile warranty.

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