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Proton (Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional) is a Malaysian automotive manufacturer that produces affordable and reliable cars. Established in 1983, the brand is Malaysia's first local automaker and has a comprehensive catalog 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.
Proton cars are made in Malaysia and exported to various markets including Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, China, as well as Australia.
Proton cars are generally reliable. In fact, they were listed as the fifth least likely car to suffer mechanical breakdowns based on research done by Direct Line Breakdown.
Since Proton cars are made in Malaysia, their spare parts are readily available throughout the country. It costs roughly between RM100 and RM500 to maintain per scheduled service visit if no major overhauls are required. You can check out the costs per model and mileage of your Proton here.
*Estimates are based on service repairs without major engine or gearbox overhauls.
The road tax for a Proton depends on the engine displacement in cubic centimeters (cc). For a Proton Saga 1.3 (1332cc) the road tax costs RM70, while the fee for a Proton Persona 1.6 (1597cc) costs RM90.
According to recent rates in the used car market, Proton car models generally 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.
The 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 costs roughly RM697.29* to insure annually, compared to a new model which costs RM1,178.60*.
*Based on estimations of used and new car prices.
You can find Proton service centers 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.
You can get genuine Proton parts from any of Proton’s service centers. You can get quotes for the parts based on your car model and variant on their website.
Safety features in Proton cars include six airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), brake assist and hill hold assist, among others.
Completely Built-Up (CBU) cars are made in foreign countries and are imported into 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 them more affordable compared to CBU models.
Proton 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 additional airbags, and sensors. The Premium variant is the highest-range model that includes all features such as an upgraded infotainment display system, advanced safety systems, as well as an enhanced sound system - this variant is the most expensive variant.
The price of a Proton car varies depending on its model. Prices range from RM32,800 for the base model Proton Saga up to RM123,800 for the Proton X70 Special Edition.
The Proton Iriz is the most fuel-efficient car under Proton with an estimated fuel consumption of 6.7 L/100 km.