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Proton GEN-2 Review

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Proton GEN-2 Review (2005)

Perusahaan Otomobile Nasional Berhad, or PROTON, was incorporated on the 7th May 1983.

2 March 2005 Melanie Carter

Perusahaan Otomobile Nasional Berhad, or PROTON, was incorporated on the 7th May 1983. Proton made a major step in upgrading its engineering capabilities when it acquired a share in Lotus Group International in October 1996 - this stake was increased to a 100% share in 2003.

The Proton GEN-2 was launched in the UK in September 2004 as a replacement for the Proton Wira and according to Proton it 'marks the start of the marque’s redefinition of its brand proposition in the UK'.

The GEN-2 is a 5-door hatchback which has been developed in conjunction with the Norfolk based sports car manufacturer Lotus.

The Proton GEN-2 is available in two trim levels: GLS and GSX - prices start at £8,795 for the 1.3 GLS model and rise to £11,395 for the range topping 1.6 GSX with automatic transmission.

We tested the GEN-2 1.6 GLS model, with a list price of £ 9,595 to see how it fares within the competitive lower medium segment which boasts class leaders such as the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf.

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Proton GEN-2 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedProton GEN-2 1.6 GLS
  
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourVigour Red Metallic
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph12.6 Seconds
Top Speed 118 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded - Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban27.9 mpg
Extra Urban51.3 mpg
Combined39.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group7
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Years/60,000 miles manufacturer total vehicle warranty
6-Years/100,000 miles engine and gearbox warranty
6-Years unlimited mileage bodywork warranty
3-Years unlimited mileage paintwork warranty
3-Years RAC breakdown cover
Price (when tested on the 02/03/05)£ 9,595

The information contained within this Proton GEN-2 review may have changed since publication on the 2 March 2005. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Proton dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2015