Archive for the 'Proton' Category
December 11th, 2013 by admin
National carmaker, Proton, has handed over Honda Accord based new Perdana model to Prime Minister, in Putrajaya half an hour ago. The model is 1st product from JV programme with Japan’s Honda Motor Corporation. Its reported that 3000units is ordered by the goverment to be used by government senior officials in various ministry.
The rebadge Perdana has redesign front and rear bumper with Proton corporate grill with chrome ornament in the middle. According to MD, this is the 1st phase of new Perdana project and later this car will be available to mass market with same platform, complete redesign bodystyle and interior . The car is built in Honda Pagoh plant as OEM product at the moment.
December 10th, 2013 by admin
2 units Proton GSC prototype were spied again at NKVE highway testing together with Honda Brio. This photos were uploaded in cforum.com.my by a reader. From the photo, clearly we can see the design although it still wrapped by heavy camoufladge.
Not sure what Proton is doing with Honda Brio in this testing but looking to the car design, it is just not merely rebadge exercise. For comparison, the Proton GSC look to have huge corner glass, door panel mounted wing mirror, quarter pillar mounted rear combi lamp (same like Myvi), rear glass wiper and higher roofline. Quater pillar also different while Brio have back slope, the GSC has front facing slope at quarter glass area. Look its going to have interesting design.
As the exterior design seems look promising, we still have no information on what engine will be under its hood. The most logic is Campro 1.3l. The Campro is heavy engine and slow off the mark. Also the engine isn’t small in size. If the engine sourced from Honda Brio should be more better. If Proton can go far with this model, why not introduce GSC GTi with Turbocharged CFE.
We hope Proton will doing it right with this model once its introduced. Not waiting until its facelifted. We want to forget ridiculous rear styling on Preve and boot opening latch ‘missing’ in Suprima S. Although Proton Cars has bettter safety features compare to other makes, small design flaws will pull off potential buyer.
December 4th, 2013 by admin
A rare spy shot image of an unknown small car was seen near Proton Shah Alam plant. We believe its Proton small car prototype which appear for the 1st time testing in Europe. In recent news, Proton disclosed their intention to launch global small car on 1st quarter 2014. The car should be based on EMAS or Lotus City car platform but the real image didn’t resemble any part of the concept car. Auto observer have clear idea and agreed that the car is more close to Honda Brio, referring to its side profile design.
Proton, through JV project with Honda Motor has recently shocked local market with rebadge Accord model to be their D segment and replacement of Perdana. If Proton GSC is rebadge Brio model, it would be good as Brio is well design car by Honda. See the above image of Honda Brio. We do hope that the rebadge model will carry over the power train as well. Its good for Proton to freshened its model line up and offer more choices to buyers. We expect more testing unit will be out on the road from now. Now the question is whether this model can beat the Perodua myvi sales? Myvi has built strong reputation in the segmen with good styling package so we think it would be hard but not impossible.
August 14th, 2013 by admin
More photos of Proton Suprima S including its interior shot were uploaded to internet and here we post it for your viewing pleasure. The car launching will be on this Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Matrade building, Kuala Lumpur. Base on the photos, the Suprima S will carry ‘Turbo’ badge unlike CFE in Preve. We are not sure wether there is different in engine setup but it sounds interesting. In the leaked brochure also Proton mentioned acceleration from 0 to 100kmh but unfortunately can’t be seen clearly.
There were also changes notice for its interior in comparison to Preve sedan which now silver finishing on steering wheel, paddle shifter and gear knob was changed to shining black color. The screen is now bigger but its background is a bit dull. Nice to hold steering is spoil with overall instrument panel layout. Proton should put black carbon fibre finishing to suits the car’s turbo image. Form source we have to date, this car pricing is about RM75K+ for high end varian.
August 14th, 2013 by admin
Proton Suprima S (Preve Hatchback) was caught loaded on truck believed is on the way to Proton show room. The car, which was not covered, is clear indication that its launching date is just around the corner. Rumours circulating on media that this Friday will be its launching day. Interestingly, so far we are yet to see its interior spyshots although we expect there is nothing much different compare to its sedan’s sibling.
Rear quarter view looks good and nicely design. Its much better than Preve sedan. If the side mirror is mount on door panel, it would be nicer and give wider looks to the car. Anyway we are expecting something good from this hatch, to offer more motoring option for Malaysian. Suprima S looks so good in Impreza blue color.
Photo: Procc and funtasticko.net
August 7th, 2013 by admin
Its going to be 99% official that Proton Prevé Hatchback will be called Suprima S base on leak brochure spyshot shared by funtasticko.net FB fans. Straight away, to be honest the Suprima S (S stand for Sport) we think is NO-NO since its shares most of Prevé sedan design. Proton should at least follow other maker naming scheme, for example Toyota which named their Corrolla as Axio for sedan, Fielder for hatch. There are many example such as ‘Lancer’ Sportback, ‘Golf’ Plus for bigger Golf etc where they retain all the name of model that having the same design principal.
Prevé Sport or Prevé Hatchback make more sense straightway for this model. What do you think? Does Suprima name suits this hatch? Give your comment.
July 30th, 2013 by admin
Proton P3-22A (Prevé Hatchback) spotted again in KL downtown by paultan.org blog reader this time in Subaru Impreza signature blue color. This car has different wheel rims from that white color we posted yesterday, probably it is the highest varian of the hatch. Rumours blowing that the premium varian will feature 17inch redesign rims, if so, the first from the automaker. This Prevé Hatchback does look good in this color code match with its new rim design. According to the source, the car was filming TVC.
From the front basically same with its sedan sibling but we noticed the grill has different design which they using honeycomb style. Fog lamp housing also received design change which now also feature honeycomb style.
The rear is the interesting part as it has been nicely design although rear combi lamp appear a bit small. It has more flow design than front which we think good but doesn’t really match with front design. Headlamp should also have flow factor to match with rear not to rigid and edgy looking like now. Anyway, still its good to see the car especially in this ‘Impreza blue’ and hopefully this will be the ‘true’ hot hatch from Proton to tailgate that VW GTi haha.
July 29th, 2013 by admin
Finally the much awaited Proton P3-22A (Prevé Hatchback) was caught in the flesh by local popular blog funtasticko reader near Proton Tanjung Malim plant. This photos believed is mass production unit, indicating its launching date is just days from now. So what do you think of Its design? We think its side profile has strong resemblance of Proton MSX concept which displayed years back.
Rear design looks nice although its looks bland due to lack of detailings. Proton should consider to put chrome detailing to make the car more appealing. The rear combi lamp look looks smallish but design nicely. In term of overall design, just ordinary or less wow factor. We urge Proton to make a move in design department to adapt new design language for new model forward. Soft flowing character lines should make the appearance better. In fact many carmaker are doing so. Just do your study. We expect this car will not making big impact in Proton sales as hatch market share is relatively small in Malaysia. Anyway, lets see how hatch will change its market preference with this new hatchback.
July 20th, 2013 by admin
Finally the real photo of Proton Prevé Hatchback codename P3-22A leaked for public viewing. Photo taken from local popular blog funtasticko. Unlike its sedan sibling, the rear design is more ‘typical’ and ‘civilised’ with middle mounted backdoor garnish. The rear combination lamp also was designed nicely.
Base on the leaked photo, there is no design change for front face. Also its interior also will remain the same. Only now the game is what engine will mount under its hood, either tried and tested Campro CFE or Petronas E01. Let the time tells.
July 3rd, 2013 by admin
Hi all, welcome back to sembang-auto.com automotive blog. Sorry for not updating this blog for quite long time. Just now a friend sending an image believe is upcoming Proton new hatchback, a derive model of latest sedan Prevé. Although its a low resolution image, the design of its quarter can be seen clearly. The rims are carry over from Inspira. Exterior same as typical Proton without any chrome detailing. What continue making fuss is what will be under its hood whether Campro CFE or Petronas 2.0L E01 engine. We are very sure that it will remain the turbocharged Campro CFE as new engine testing is not an easy one. We hope Proton can do better with this model and not repeating marketing blunder like its sedan sibling.