30 Oct '14, 3am

Proton constantly improving quality and efficiency, but Malaysians still not convinced – Mahathir

Proton constantly improving quality and efficiency, but Malaysians still not convinced – Mahathir

The guest of honour at DreamEDGE ’s Empowering the Nation’s Automotive Industry seminar yesterday was none other than the ‘father’ of the industry himself, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad . In his keynote address, the Proton chairman talked about the challenges faced by the national carmaker with regards to public perception, and the industry’s need for home-grown research and development. “When the first Proton Saga came out in 1985, the total industry volume (TIV) was 50,000 units a year. From commanding 80% of the market (then), we are down to 18% today. Now we import more foreign cars than produce local cars,” Dr Mahathir said, adding that Malaysians object to high-priced local cars, but not high-priced foreign cars. “We (Proton) are trying to produce cars of world standard , and for the most part, we have succeeded, but Malaysians are still not convinced,” the former PM lamen...

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