History Of Proton

About Proton Product

The brand that moved Malaysia
PROTON is Malaysia’s leading automotive manufacturer with 25 years of innovation and exports to over 25 countries. Today, it has over a dozen models in its stable with more than 3 million units sold.

History Of Proton ( Refer proton website for history format)

ERA 1: THE PRE-PROTON YEAR
It all began in 1979. Malaysia’s Father of Modernisation, Tun Mahathir Mohamad, (then the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia), mooted the idea of establishing an automotive assembling
and manufacturing industry in our country
It was Tun Mahathir’s dream to accelerate Malaysia’s industrialisation capabilities to match those of developed nations.
His dream became one step closer to reality when the Cabinet approved the National Car Project in 1982.

ERA-2 INCORPORATION
The dream was fulfilled when PROTON was officially incorporated on May 7, 1983. Our very first model, the Proton Saga was commercially launched on July 9, 1985.
The name “Saga” was chosen by Ismail Jaafar, a retired military soldier, and derived from “saga”
(Adenanthera pavonina), a type of seed commonly found in Malaysia.
The first new market for the Proton Saga was Singapore, right across the Straits of Johor.

ERA 3: LAYING THE FOUNDATION
In 1986, barely a year after our first car was launched, we celebrated the official rollout of the 10,000th Proton
The following year, we launched the Proton Saga 1.5l sedan and Aeroback models. By then, over
50,000 units of the Proton Saga had been produced and sold in Bangladesh, Brunei, New Zealand, Malta and SriLanka. Soon after, Proton cars were distributed in the United Kingdom.

ERA 3: LAYING THE FOUNDATION
In 1986, barely a year after our first car was launched, we celebrated the official rollout of the
10,000th Proton
The following year, we launched the Proton Saga 1.5l sedan and Aeroback models. By then, over
50,000 units of the Proton Saga had been produced and sold in Bangladesh, Brunei, New
Zealand, Malta and Sri Lanka. Soon after, Proton cars were distributed in the United Kingdom.

ERA-4 : DEVELOPMENT AND BUILDING
CAPACITY

It all began in 1979. Malaysia’s Father of Modernisation, Tun Mahathir Mohamad, (then the
Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia), mooted the idea of establishing an automotive assembling
and manufacturing industry in our country
It was Tun Mahathir’s dream to accelerate Malaysia’s industrialisation capabilities to match those of developed nations.
His dream became one step closer to reality when the Cabinet approved the National Car Project in 1982.

In 1988, PROTON debuted at the British International Motorshow, walking away successfully with three prestigious awards for quality, coachwork and ergonomics. In 1996, we produced our 1 millionth. We progressed towards in-house engine operations in 1989. In our quest to upgrade our
technological prowess, a Transmission Assembly Plant was also set up in Shah Alam. In 1996, we produced our one millionth car. This achievement was buoyed by several significant new model launches including the Proton Tiara, Proton Wira 2.0 Diesel and the two-door Proton Putra, in addition to our existing lineup of the Proton Wira, Proton Satria and Proton Perdana. In the same year, we acquired a controlling stake in Group Lotus.