Perusahaan Otomobile Nasional Berhad, or PROTON, was incorporated on the 7th May 1983.
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.
Proton GEN-2 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Proton GEN-2 1.6 GLS|
|Body Type||5-Door Hatchback|
|Colour||Vigour Red Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||12.6 Seconds|
|Top Speed||118 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded - Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||51.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3-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|