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Proton is a Malaysian automotive manufacturer that thrives on producing affordable and reliable cars. The brand paved the way for the automotive industry in Malaysia as they were the first to produce a car locally. Proton has a great catalogue of sedans, hatchbacks, multi-purpose vehicles (MPV) and sport utility vehicles (SUV). Some popular Proton cars in Malaysia include Proton Saga, Proton Iriz, Proton X70  and Proton X50.

Where are Proton cars made? 

Proton cars are made in Malaysia and imported to Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, China, as well as Australia. 

Are used Proton cars reliable?

Proton cars are generally reliable. In fact, they were listed as the fifth least likely car to suffer mechanical breakdowns based on a research done by Direct Line Breakdown

Are Proton cars expensive to maintain?

Since Proton cars are made in Malaysia, its spare parts are readily available throughout the country. It costs roughly between RM300 and RM500 to maintain yearly if no major overhauls are required. You can check out costs per model and mileage of your Proton here.

*Estimates are based on service repairs without major engine or gearbox overhauls.

How much is the road tax for a Proton? 

The road tax for a Proton depends on the engine cc. For a Proton Saga 1.3 (1332cc) the road tax costs RM70, while the fee for a Proton Persona 1.6 (1597cc)’s costs RM90.

What is the depreciation rate  of a Proton? 

According to Carsome Insights 2020, Proton car models recorded a depreciation rate of around 35 percent for the first three years of ownership. This varies based on factors including the car’s condition and mileage. 

Is insurance expensive for a used Proton?

Insurance rate is calculated based on the market price of your car, coverage type, location, engine capacity and your No Claims Discount (NCD). A Proton Saga 1.3L Standard AT (1332cc) in Peninsula Malaysia without NCD roughly costs RM697.29* yearly, compared to a new model at RM1,178.60*.

*Based on estimations of used and new car prices. 

When can you repair or service Proton cars in Malaysia? 

You can find Proton service centres in Malaysia here. You are also able to find out how much your service will cost based on the model, variant and mileage of your car. 

Where can you find spare parts for Proton cars in Malaysia?

You can get genuine Proton parts from any of Proton’s service centres. You can get quotes for the parts based on your car model and variant on their website.

What are the safety features of Proton Cars?

Safety features in Proton cars include six airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, ABS with EBD, brake assist and hill hold assist, among others. 

Does Proton sell MPVs?

Proton Exora is currently the only MPV sold under Proton. 

What are the differences between CBU and CKD models?

Completely Built Up (CBU) cars are made in foreign countries and are imported in Malaysia as fully operating vehicles. CBU cars usually come with heavy excise duties that range between 60 and 105 percent, essentially hiking up the car's final price. 

Meanwhile, Completely Knocked Down (CKD) cars are assembled at a local manufacturing company. CKD cars qualify for government incentives, as well as exemptions on excise duties which makes it more affordable compared to CBU models. 

What are the differences between Standard, Executive & Premium variants? 

Standard variants are entry-level variants that do not feature any upgrades or add-ons, and are usually the most affordable variant. The Executive variant features selected upgrades such as leather seats, LED lamps, as well as safety features including airbags, and sensors. The Premium variant is the highest model that includes all features such as alloy wheels, an upgraded infotainment display system, an advanced safety system, as well as an enhanced sound system - this variant is the most expensive variant. 

How much does a Proton car cost in Malaysia?

The price of Proton cars varies depending on its model. Prices start from RM32,000 and can hike up to RM126,000. 

Which Proton model has the best fuel efficiency? 

Proton Iriz is the most fuel efficient car under Proton.