Proton could return into Oz #Right_HandApril 22, 2019
Geely positions its Malaysian brand for a return to right-hand drive markets
Proton is looking to return to Australia with right- hand-drive versions of vehicles sourced from the Malaysian brand’s parent company, Chinese car manufacturing giant Geely.
“We have launched the X70, a right-hand-drive SUV, in Malaysia in December.
Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions are on offer.
The X70 scored a five-star ASEAN NCAP safety score and offers a raft of safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and auto high-beam.
The Bo Yuo is one of Geely’s most popular models in China, with 700,000 examples sold since its introduction there in March 2016.
But it is not the only Geely to be adapted for Proton and Yang suggested its Malaysian brand would expand into right-hand drive markets including Australia.
“We will bring all the new cars, make them right hand-drive, improve the plant in Malaysia, and manufacture them there,” said Yang.
“Proton have a lot of experience of developing right-hand drive cars, and their chassis and platform development is really helpful for Geely,” he said.
“For example, we do a lot of hot-weather testing in Malaysia when it’s cold in China.