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The past few decades, we’ve achieved numerous breakthroughs in the industry, over which propelled us to innovate further.
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
PROTON signed an agreement to appoint CMH Group as the distributor for Proton vehicles in South Africa.
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.
PROTON established a new subsidiary, Proton New Energy Technology (PRO-NET) to spearhead smart distributorship and own brand NEV business.
PROTON announces its new Regional Parts Centre in Kuching to support customers in East Malaysia.
Al-Haj Automotive, distributor of PROTON in Pakistan rolled out the locally-assembled Proton Saga at their new green field production plant in Karachi.
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
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.
Launch of the Proton X70, PROTON’s first premium SUV which infused with new intelligent technology.
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.
PROTON launched the Proton Prevé, dubbed as the company’s first car that complied to global regulations and market requirement.
PROTON became one of the members of DRB-HICOM Berhad.
The CamPro CFE, PROTON’s first turbo charged engine was introduced in the Proton Exora.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad launched the EMAS concept car at the 80th
Geneva International Motorshow.
The PROTON Satria Neo R3 Lotus Racing was launched to commemorate the return of the Lotus name to Formula 1.
PROTON launched the Proton Inspira, a performance-oriented saloon and the first Proton car to feature paddle shifters.
The Proton Exora, the first MPV developed in-house by PROTON was launched.
The new Proton Saga was launched as a new beginning of the people’s car.
Rollout of Proton’s 3 millionth car – a new Saga - from the PROTON’s plant in Shah Alam.
PROTON launched the Proton Persona, a sedan re-engineered and optimized from existing platform.
The Proton Satria Neo, a replacement for the first generation Satria using a new platform developed in-house by PROTON was launched.
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.
PROTON launched the Proton Savvy, the first Malaysian car to receive TUV certification for quality.
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.
The Proton Arena, a two-door pick-up was launched.
The Proton Juara, PROTON’s first MPV was launched.
PROTON launched the Proton Waja, the first Malaysian car to be fully developed locally.
Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad unveiled the prototype CamPro Engine at the Lotus Factory in Norwich, United Kingdom.
Launch of the Proton Perdana V6 and Proton Satria GTi.
The Proton Tiara, a compact car was launched.
PROTON acquired a controlling interest in Lotus Group International Limited.
PROTON rolled out its 1 millionth car and launched the two-door Proton Putra (1.8 Proton Wira Coupe).
PROTON launched its first luxury sedan, Proton Perdana.
PROTON officially opened the PROTON Casting plant.
First shipment of Proton cars to Indonesia.
Proton cars made their debut at the Cyprus International Trade Fair.
First shipment of Left-Hand-Drive Proton Wira cars to Europe.
The Proton Satria, PROTON’s first three-door hatchback aimed at the sports-hatch market was launched.
The new R&D building in Shah Alam was officially opened.
The Proton Wira, a practical and elegant four-door saloon was launched.
The Proton Wira Aeroback, a sporty-look five-door hatchback version of the Wira was launched.
PROTON listed on the Main Board of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.
PROTON made its maiden entry into the African continent through export to Malawi.
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.
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.
The Engine Parts Machining and Transmission Assembly Plant commenced operation.
Market launch in Singapore.
Shipment of first Proton Saga to Ireland for European debut.
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.
Proton Cars (UK) Ltd. awarded distributorship for UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Market launch of the Proton Saga 1.5 Aeroback model.
Bangladesh became the Proton Saga’s first export destination.
Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad officially launched the Proton Saga, Malaysia’s first national car.
Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional (later known as PONSB) incorporated.
Joint-venture agreement signed between HICOM (70%), MMC (15%) and its marketing arm, MC (15%).
The Cabinet Ministers of Malaysia approved the National Car Project.
Cabinet approved the establishment of Heavy Industries Corporation of Malaysia (HICOM).
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.