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Proton hopes revived with new Geely SUV

25 Sep 2018 | Dave Leggett

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 Jul 2018 | Glenn Brooks

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?


Will Geely take control of Proton?

13 Feb 2017 | Staff reporter

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.


Time is running out for Proton - Analysis

28 Sep 2016 | Staff reporter

Malaysia’s DRB-Hicom has stepped up its efforts to find a strategic partner for its struggling car subsidiary Proton, just four years after it acquired a controlling stake in the country’s first national car company.


ANALYSIS: Perodua is the main beneficiary of Proton's decline

4 Jun 2015 | Staff reporter

Malaysian nation carmaker Proton has been in decline as protectionist trade measures in Malaysia have been eroded under regional trade agreements. However, Malaysia number two maker - Perodua - has fared relatively well recently. Tony Pugliese examines the picture.


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Malaysia vehicle sales rise 9% in January

21 Feb 2019 | Dave Leggett

Malaysia’s new vehicle market expanded by 8.7% to 48,450 units in January from 44,560 units in the same month of last year, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


DRB-Hicom agrees JV with Jiangsu Xinquan Automotive Trim

4 Feb 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

DRB-Hicom has agreed to establish a component production joint venture in Malaysia with China's Jiangsu Xinquan Automotive Trim Co Ltd, according to local reports.


Malaysia vehicle market down 12% in December

17 Jan 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

The Malaysian new vehicle market declined by 12% to 48,188 units in December from 54,728 units in the same month of the previous year, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Malaysia vehicle sales drop 2% in November

20 Dec 2018 | Staff reporter

Malaysian new vehicle sales declined by 1.8% to 48,282 units in November from 49,187 units in the same month last year, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Proton launches Geely-based X70 SUV

14 Dec 2018 | Staff reporter

Malaysian national carmaker Proton this week officially launched its first SUV, based on a model already on sale in China by its new strategic partner Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely).


Daimler acquires Cycle & Carriage's stake in Malaysia distributor

4 Dec 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler has exercised a call option on 66m shares of its Malaysian distributor Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MBM) held by Cycle & Carriage Bintang Bhd, according to local reports.


Malaysia sales flat in October

19 Nov 2018 | Staff reporter

The Malaysian new vehicle stabilised in October, with sales rising 0.5% to 47,273 units from 47,041 a year ago, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


UMW scraps plans to take over Perodua

1 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

Malaysia’s diversified conglomerate UMW Holdings Bhd has scrapped plans to acquire a controlling stake in the country’s second national carmaker Perodua, according to local reports.


Malaysia sales plunge 24% in September

16 Oct 2018 | Graeme Roberts

The Malaysian new vehicle market plunged by 24% to 31,241 units in September from already depressed year earlier sales of 40,956 units, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Malaysia sales soar in August ahead of new taxes

20 Sep 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicles sales in Malaysia continued to soar in August, by almost 27% to 65,551 units from 51,720 units in the same month of last year, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).



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