In 1985 the Proton Saga was officially launched. It was Malaysia's first domestically produced car and is still sold in Malaysia and other countries today.
Opened in 2005; a state-of-the-art assembly plant was constructed at Tanjung Malim, 60 miles north of Kuala Lumpur. This area has been named Proton City and consists of a 500 hectare site containing the factory, plant, housing, a university and other commercial buildings to accommodate component suppliers. This plant produces the three newest model ranges, the GEN-2, Saga and Satria Neo.
Proton took a major step forward in upgrading its engineering capabilities when it acquired a share in Lotus Group International in October 1996. This stake was increased to 100% in 2003. Since the acquisition, personnel from Lotus are closely involved in Proton's new model development, with a team of engineers permanently based at the design and development centre in Malaysia.
2004 - Proton is launched in South Africa as a Joint Venture with Pearl Automotive Pty Ltd
2004 - The Gen 2 is introduced to the South African Market
2005 - The Arena Bakkie is launched in South Africa
2005 - The Savvy and Savvy AMT debut in South Africa
2006 - Satria Neo is launched in South Africa
2008 - Persona Sedan is launched in South Africa
2009 - Gen 2 Facelift arrives on SA shores
2010 - The SAGA 1.3 is launched in South Africa