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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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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).


BMW begins exporting Malaysian Minis to Thailand

20 Aug 2018 | Staff reporter

BMW Group Malaysia has begun exporting locally-assembled Minis to Thailand under the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA).


Malaysia sales jump 41% in July on zero tax

20 Aug 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicles sales in Malaysia jumped by 41% to a near-record 68,465 units in July from 48,553 units in the same month of last year, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Malaysia considering restrictions on auto imports

31 Jul 2018 | Staff reporter

Malaysia's newly-elected prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, said his government was considering introducing new restrictions on car imports to help nurture the country's "infant" domestic automotive industry.


Malaysia sales jump 28% in June

19 Jul 2018 | Graeme Roberts

New vehicle sales in Malaysia rebounded by 28.3% to 64,502 units in June from 50,273 units in the same month of last year, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Proton resumes exports, revamps domestic network

17 Jul 2018 | Dave Leggett

Malaysia’s Proton Holdings has resumed exports to markets in the Middle East, with a shipment of 450 cars destined for the Jordanian city of Aqaba having left Port Klang this week.


Malaysia vehicle sales fall 15% in May

21 Jun 2018 | Staff reporter

New vehicle sales in Malaysia fell by 15% to 42,983 units in May from 50,594 units in the same month of last year, according to registration data released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA).


Malaysia's new prime minister mulls new national car

11 Jun 2018 | Staff reporter

Newly elected Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said his office would explore opportunities to establish a new national car project in his country.



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