Proton in talks with Japan carmakers

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  • Saturday, 24 May 2014

To expand Proton would have to concentrate on exports, says Dr Mahathir.

TOKYO: Proton Holdings Bhd, the national carmaker, is negotiating with several Japanese car manufacturers on the prospects of future collaborations, says Proton chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

However, any strategic collaboration was unlikely to include Mitsubishi, one of the leading Japanese carmakers, said the former prime minister.

“We are looking at other Japanese automotive makers. Right now we are co-operating with Honda,” Dr Mahathir said when responding to a question from a Japanese journalist on whether Proton would continue its collaboration with Mitsubishi.

“Proton’s performance can be improved and we will look closely at how we can continue to export our cars,” he said.

In October 2012, Proton entered into a collaboration with Honda Motor Co Ltd which resulted in the second-generation Proton Perdana.

Dr Mahathir also said the Malaysian automotive market was small and that to expand Proton would have to concentrate on exports. — Bernama

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