Everybody is slashing their prices at the moment, but what exactly do you get for your money? Value for money brands are back - and a new Proton could be exactly what you're looking for with 3 year / 60,000 mile warranty and 3 years free RAC cover as standard, plus free metallic paint until 31st March 2009.
Take the Proton Savvy for example, a 5-door city car, small on the outside but big on the inside, with enough safety features and practical touches to make even the shortest trip to the supermarket enjoyable. Looking every bit the stylish city car, the contemporary headlights, low front skirt, body-coloured rear bumper and chunky 15" alloy wheels suggest that this car is a great performer and the 1.2 litre engine doesn't disappoint. Reverse distance sensors are fitted as standard so you can tackle the smallest of parking spaces with total confidence and there's also an automated transmission option, which even has exactly the same fuel consumption and low CO2 as the manual. Whichever way you look at it, the Savvy is great value for money at just £7,295.
If you're after something a bit sportier, why not take the Proton Satria Neo out for a spin? This 3-door supermini is tuned for optimum performance - you'll relish the quick response of the 16 valve Lotus-engineered CamPro engine from a standing start and you'll appreciate the road-hugging, Lotus-developed ride and handling on the corners. With its highline spoiler, 16" alloy wheels and low profile tyres, you'll know at a glance that this is a driver's car. And the interior features enhance the driving experience, such as race-inspired bucket seats, steering wheel mounted audio controls, electric wing mirrors and parking sensors, all for just £9,995 OTR. In addition, the Proton Satria Neo Sport option comes with a stylish leather interior and twin sports stripes in a choice of colours.
Perhaps you need a bit more space, but also a car that's fun to drive - then the Proton GEN-2 could be the car for you. Available in a 5-door hatchback or 4-door saloon version, the Proton GEN-2 delivers the superior ride and handling you'd expect from a Lotus-influenced design and it's reliable and comfortable for the whole family. The Proton GEN-2's spacious interior comfortably accommodates five adults and the versatile rear seats fold flat for extra boot space. Inside the car, you can't miss the influence of the Lotus Design Studio in the styling of the controls and the quality finishing touches that make driving the Proton GEN-2 a real pleasure. Until 31st March 2009, get 3 years free servicing when you buy a Proton GEN-2 1.3 GLS, or opt for the GEN-2 1.6 GSX hatchback and get a stylish leather interior worth £1,000 absolutely free! The Proton GEN-2 range starts from just £8,995 OTR.
When you're trying to save money, where better to start than cutting your fuel costs? Able to run on either unleaded petrol or LPG, the Proton GEN-2 ecoLogic offers drivers the opportunity to save hundreds of pounds a year on their fuel costs, as LPG retails at just under half the price of diesel. What's more, the GEN-2 ecoLogic costs no more than their petrol equivalents, so drivers start saving the minute they switch on the engine. Proton is currently the only manufacturer in the UK offering a factory-converted LPG vehicle, fully warranted and at no extra cost. The Proton GEN-2 ecoLogic also benefits from a discount in road tax and some insurers, such as LPG Sure, offer discounts for drivers of LPG vehicles. The GEN-2 ecoLogic range starts from just £9,995 and, due to popular demand, this model is now also available with automatic transmission.Published 29 January 2009