Proton GEN-2 Review (2005)
Perusahaan Otomobile Nasional Berhad, or PROTON, was incorporated on the 7th May 1983.2 March 2005
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|