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Proton still producing Satria Neo

November 20, 2011
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Proton still producing Satria Neo

SUBANG JAYA : Proton Holdings Bhd said the company was still producing Satria Neo as a replacement model for the first generation Satria.

Group managing director Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir said Proton was shifting the manufacturing of the model to its main plant in Shah Alam from Tanjung Malim.

“There is no truth in the report that we are ceasing production at the Tanjung Malim plant and shifting to Shah Alam. People may misinterpret that we are stopping production in Tanjung Malim to “kill the brands produced there”,” he said.

Syed Zainal was responding to a news report that Satria Neo was nearing the end of its production cycle.

Speaking at a press conference here today, he said Proton was rearranging its facilities at the state-of-the-art Tanjung Malim plant in order to bring in its new model.

Meanwhile, Syed Zainal said Proton has decided to discontinue the sale of its supermini hatchback Savvy, introduced in June 2005, as a successor to the Tiara model, and was also phasing out the Gen.2 model from the domestic market.

“We are shifting the production of Gen.2 and as you know, we are talking to our partners in China and Iran to assemble the model there. We are still in negotiations,” he said.

Syed Zainal also said Proton, which emerged as a dominant force this year to clinch the coveted Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) Manufacturer’s and Driver’s titles, was committed to be better in both competition and in the manufacture of production vehicles for the global market.

Pitting the Satria Neo S2000 against the likes of Mitsubishi and Subaru, the national car manufacturer won four of the six APRC rounds this year.

“It is our goal to have our achievements and the technology derived in competition transcend into our future generation of vehicles.

“Motorsports is a cost-effective and wide-reaching platform which we believe offers tremendous value and return on investment,” Syed Zainal added. – Bernama

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