Proton or Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Berhad is Malaysia’s first national carmaker. Established in 1983 and launched its first model ‘SAGA’ in 1985. The company manufactures, assembles and sells automobiles and automobile related products. Proton bought an 80% stake in Lotus in 1997 which enables them to jointly produce high-performance cars. Proton is controlled by Petroliam Nasional Berhad or PETRONAS, the Malaysian state oil company. Their model line up includes the Iswara, Wira, Satria, Perdana, Putra, and recently, the Gen2.
Elmo: "Word sez Proton's coming out with them new model in '05, something replacing the 'ol Satria"
Fez: "Word? They might as well sell it in China"