A while ago, we posted a leaked report from Proton indicating that the Proton Satria Neo model will be discontinued by 2012. There were also rumors that the Tanjung Malim plant has stopped producing the Satria Neo in 2011 due to low demand.
However let us ease our fears on that as recently on a press conference revealed by Proton MD, Datuk Seri Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir that the company was shifting the manufacturing of the model to its main plant in Shah Alam from Tanjung Malim. The reason was the Tanjung Malim plant will be prepared for the next upcoming Proton model assembly, which should be the new P3-21A passenger car.
Proton Satria Neo is here to stay!
Due to the recent mega success of Proton Satria Neo in Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), in which Proton clinched the coveted Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) Manufacturer’s and Driver’s titles, Proton is committed to be better in both competition and in the manufacture of production vehicles for the global market. With Cusco’s involvement with Proton in rallying, it will be wasted and silly to pull the Satria Neo off the market for now, moreover when the Proton Satria Neo S2000 won 4 out of 6 rounds of APRC.
Proton glorious moment in APRC!
To commemorate their APRC truimph, Syed Zainal Abidin did mentioned to expect some exciting version of Neo to be rolled out soon, perhaps some special edition, adding that a “yellow Neo” with “some of the DNA of the S2000″ could be coming out in Q1, 2012. Will this mean yet another special “yellow” edition for the Satria Neo in the loop? The Satria Neo has been in the market since 2006 and perhaps it’s time for a proper full face lift to fix some ergonomic problems on the car, such as the high seats, blue tachometer, interior plastics and so on.
Proton should redesign the interior in the face lift
Will this be the next special edition Satria Neo for us here?
However, it is confirmed that the underrated Proton Savvy will be discontinued, while Proton Gen-2 will be phrased out from Malaysia and might be looking into assemble it at Iran or China markets. They however, won’t be missed as the new P3-21A car should be the look we anticipate for in 2012.