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The past few decades, we’ve achieved numerous breakthroughs in the industry, over which propelled us to innovate further.


19 JAN 2022

PROTON signed strategic partnership with smart Automobile as importer and distributor of smart vehicles for Malaysia and Thailand, marking its first steps on its New Energy Vehicle
Strategic journey.

28 APR 2022

PROTON signed an agreement to appoint CMH Group as the distributor for Proton vehicles in South Africa.

5 JUL 2022

PROTON unveiled its locally assembled 1.5L TGDi three-cylinder engine for local and export markets at the new hi-tech assembly line in Tanjung Malim.

9 SEP 2022

PROTON established a new subsidiary, Proton New Energy Technology (PRO-NET) to spearhead smart distributorship and own brand NEV business.

23 NOV 2022

PROTON announces its new Regional Parts Centre in Kuching to support customers in East Malaysia.


13 OCT 2021

Al-Haj Automotive, distributor of PROTON in Pakistan rolled out the locally-assembled Proton Saga at their new green field production plant in Karachi.

26 NOV 2021

PROTON launched its brand gallery, dubbed the Gallery of Inspiration in Centre of Excellence complex. It marked the next step in the company’s rebranding journey that began in 2019.



The Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC), DRB-HICOM and PROTON signed Memorandum of Understanding for next-generation vehicle (NxGV) hub.


Launch of the 2020 Proton X70, which was built on a completely new production line at the new Tanjung Malim plant. It came with enhanced features and new technology like the 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission (7DCT).


PROTON collaborated with the Ministry of Health to combat the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Malaysia by providing 50 units of the Proton X70 to assist in logistical operations and producing 60,000 face shields.


PROTON launched the Proton Saga Anniversary Edition to commemorate Saga’s
35th Anniversary.


The first shipment of Proton Saga CKD kits was sent to Kenya as an initiation of local assembly in the country.


Launch of the 2020 Proton X70 in Brunei where it was ranked in the top 3 of its segment.


Launch of the Proton X50, the second SUV offering by PROTON that offers Level 2 autonomous driving and intelligent technologies.



PROTON entered an agreement with its partners in Beijing:

  • Strategic partnership between PROTON and Al-Haj Automotive to initiate assembly operation and distribution of Proton cars in Pakistan.
  • Collaboration between PROTON and China Construction Bank (CCB) to facilitate the research and development (R&D), as well as major infrastructure development in Malaysia.

Launch of the 2019 Proton Saga, Proton Persona, Proton Exora and Proton Iriz, which packed with intelligent connectivity technology.


Incorporation of ACO Tech, a joint venture between PROTON, Altel Communications and ECARX (Hubei) Technology for the development of car connectivity technology and products.


Rollout of the first 2020 Proton X70 from the production line at PROTON’s Tanjung Malim plant.


The Proton X70 became one of the official vehicles of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2020.


PROTON achieved remarkable performance where it recorded the highest sales growth among the top-5 automotive brands in Malaysia and reclaimed 2nd position in the automotive market.



PROTON and Geely signed an agreement in Hangzhou, China to deepen its strategic cooperation on electrification & globalisation.

12 DEC 2018

Launch of the Proton X70, PROTON’s first premium SUV which infused with new intelligent technology.


23 JUN 2017

DRB-HICOM entered a strategic partnership with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co, Ltd. in PROTON.



PROTON introduced MyProton, a mobile application intended to provide convenience to Proton customers throughout their ownership of Proton cars.



Development of the new Proton Ertiga commenced. It was Malaysia’s first EEV Certified MPV-B and officially launched in the following year.



PROTON launched the Proton Iriz, the first Malaysian car to get a 5-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating before its launch.



PROTON launched the new Proton Perdana specifically for official use by Malaysian government.


Launch of the Proton Suprima S, which received a 5-star ANCAP
(Australasian New Car Assessment Program) safety rating.


The Proton Prevé was awarded a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.


16 APR 2012

PROTON launched the Proton Prevé, dubbed as the company’s first car that complied to global regulations and market requirement.

16 MAY 2012

PROTON became one of the members of DRB-HICOM Berhad.


16 DEC 2011

The CamPro CFE, PROTON’s first turbo charged engine was introduced in the Proton Exora.


2 MAR 2010

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad launched the EMAS concept car at the 80th
Geneva International Motorshow.

30 MAR 2010

The PROTON Satria Neo R3 Lotus Racing was launched to commemorate the return of the Lotus name to Formula 1.

10 NOV 2010

PROTON launched the Proton Inspira, a performance-oriented saloon and the first Proton car to feature paddle shifters.


APR 2009

The Proton Exora, the first MPV developed in-house by PROTON was launched.


18 JAN 2008

The new Proton Saga was launched as a new beginning of the people’s car.

AUG 2008

Rollout of Proton’s 3 millionth car – a new Saga - from the PROTON’s plant in Shah Alam.


15 AUG 2007

PROTON launched the Proton Persona, a sedan re-engineered and optimized from existing platform.


16 JUN 2006

The Proton Satria Neo, a replacement for the first generation Satria using a new platform developed in-house by PROTON was launched.

17 SEP 2006

Proton Savvy Fuel Efficient Drive: 1,608 km around Peninsular Malaysia completed with 1 ¾ tank of fuel, finding a place in the Malaysian Book of Records.


8 JUN 2005

PROTON launched the Proton Savvy, the first Malaysian car to receive TUV certification for quality.


6 FEB 2004

PROTON launched the Proton Gen.2, which powered by the 1.6-litre CamPro engine and was built on a homegrown platform developed in-house.



Proton R3 Racing Team was formed to participate in motorsports racing, develop accessory for Proton cars and organise motorsports events.


PROTON opened its second manufacturing plant in Tanjung Malim which equipped with the latest manufacturing systems and technology.


7 NOV 2002

The Proton Arena, a two-door pick-up was launched.


21 JUL 2001

The Proton Juara, PROTON’s first MPV was launched.


MAY 2000

PROTON launched the Proton Waja, the first Malaysian car to be fully developed locally.

6 OCT 2000

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad unveiled the prototype CamPro Engine at the Lotus Factory in Norwich, United Kingdom.


12 NOV 1998

Launch of the Proton Perdana V6 and Proton Satria GTi.


5 APR 1996

The Proton Tiara, a compact car was launched.

30 OCT 1996

PROTON acquired a controlling interest in Lotus Group International Limited.

30 DEC 1996

PROTON rolled out its 1 millionth car and launched the two-door Proton Putra (1.8 Proton Wira Coupe).


26 JAN 1995

PROTON launched its first luxury sedan, Proton Perdana.

18 MAR 1995

PROTON officially opened the PROTON Casting plant.

27 NOV 1995

First shipment of Proton cars to Indonesia.


26 MAY 1994

Proton cars made their debut at the Cyprus International Trade Fair.

7 OCT 1994

First shipment of Left-Hand-Drive Proton Wira cars to Europe.

25 NOV 1994

The Proton Satria, PROTON’s first three-door hatchback aimed at the sports-hatch market was launched.


20 APR 1993

The new R&D building in Shah Alam was officially opened.

21 MAY 1993

The Proton Wira, a practical and elegant four-door saloon was launched.

4 OCT 1993

The Proton Wira Aeroback, a sporty-look five-door hatchback version of the Wira was launched.


26 FEB 1992

PROTON listed on the Main Board of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.

MAR 1992

PROTON made its maiden entry into the African continent through export to Malawi.

29 JUL 1992

Proton Parts Centre Sdn. Bhd. was incorporated to manage the overall spare parts business covering sourcing, warehousing, and distributing of Proton genuine parts in the domestic and overseas markets.

15 AUG 1992

Proton Saga Iswara, named after the great Helen butterfly (Papilio Iswara) of Sarawak was launched. It featured a new grille, slimmer headlights, grooved taillight clusters, plastic bumpers and side mouldings.


JUL 1991

The Engine Parts Machining and Transmission Assembly Plant commenced operation.


OCT 1989

Market launch in Singapore.


MAR 1988

Shipment of first Proton Saga to Ireland for European debut.

18 OCT 1988

Proton Saga made its public debut at the British International Motorshow. PROTON won three Prestigious awards (two golds and one silver) for quality coachwork and ergonomics.


JUN 1987

Proton Cars (UK) Ltd. awarded distributorship for UK and the Republic of Ireland.

OCT 1987

Market launch of the Proton Saga 1.5 Aeroback model.


DEC 1986

Bangladesh became the Proton Saga’s first export destination.


9 JUL 1985

Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad officially launched the Proton Saga, Malaysia’s first national car.


7 MAY 1983

Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional (later known as PONSB) incorporated.

23 MAY 1983

Joint-venture agreement signed between HICOM (70%), MMC (15%) and its marketing arm, MC (15%).


NOV 1982

The Cabinet Ministers of Malaysia approved the National Car Project.


JUN 1980

Cabinet approved the establishment of Heavy Industries Corporation of Malaysia (HICOM).

27 NOV 1980

HICOM was incorporated with the Finance Minister Inc. as shareholder.



Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade and Industry, Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad requested for a study on the feasibility of a Malaysian manufactured car.


The National Car Project was presented to the Government of Malaysia.