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Proton Wira

Proton Wira in Orange, Movie, 2010 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: MY

Proton Wira

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Sandie SX

2011-05-07 00:16

Proton (Like my upstairs neighbour's :D)

What is the name in India? Wira?

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Nightrider RU

2011-05-07 00:34

Do you have Protons in Scotland?

Sandie SX

2011-05-07 00:38

Yes. They were quite popular in the nineties but since then they have not sold as well.

Indeed there is a maroon 1999 right outside my house at the moment.

ingo DE

2011-05-07 00:40

A few: Link to "www.autotrader.co.uk"

Oops sorry, it seems, that 200 miles is a too wide distance for staying in Scotland, let's take 100 mls Link to "www.autotrader.co.uk"

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Nightrider RU

2011-05-07 00:42

Wow. I didn't think that Malaysian Mtsubishi spin-off would make its way into EU.

ingo DE

2011-05-07 00:55

It did: Link to "suchen.mobile.de"
:think: If I haven't made a mistake at the search, it's odd, that all listed Protons were offered in Germany (and the most in the East), but none in other countries.

@Nightrider: there is an official statistics of the syndicate of German insurance companies, where it's said, that a Proton is the car with the most minimal risk to be stolen. The theft-probatility of a Proton is around 0,000001% :D

Nightrider RU

2011-05-07 00:59

ingo wrote there is an official statistics of the syndicate of German insurance companies, where it's said, that a Proton is the car with the most minimal risk to be stolen. The theft-probatility of a Proton is around 0,000001% :D


let me guess: because nobody wants it? )

deltagolf FI

2011-05-07 01:06

I think Proton was (and still is) only active in the UK, and for a short time in Germany before they decided they weren't selling enough cars and stopped selling cars in the country.
The only Proton I've ever seen in Finland is this rallycross/ice race Satria, which was originally a Mitsubishi Colt but was entered in races as a Proton as the Mitsu wasn't homologated for rallying: http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb306/coltrace/29.jpg Most of the parts are from a Lancer Evo anyways.


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Gag Halfrunt UK

2011-05-07 01:12

Sandie wrote What is the name in India? Wira?

Going by the markings, it's supposed to be an Australian police car - and some of the film was shot in Australia. However, some other cars in the film have Malaysian number plates, so perhaps this scene was filmed in Malaysia.

Are Protons sold in India? Because of India's very high import duty on cars, which would make Protons completely uncompetitive, they would have to have a local assembly operation.



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dsl SX

2011-05-07 01:36

Proton is well established in UK as a budget brand and has a profile as the owners of Lotus; they claim Proton cars have Lotus development input for suspension/jandling etc. Never driven one, but they look neat and inoffensive. Regarded as reliable and competent designs, but I haven't seen one on a hire fleet - usually a sign that a brand is regarded as having a degree of image (similar factor for eg Skoda which never appears in UK hire fleets, but eg Kia do appear now). Very much a bread and butter/porridge car....

ingo DE

2011-05-07 13:20

In Germany Skoda nowadays is quite common in hire-fleets. So the Skoda Octavia Combi became a very common car by the Bundeswehr (all leasing-cars).

:think: Same here: Link to "www.autoscout24.de" Search "whole Europe", but except the Russian advertise and three from Belgium, it's all cars from Germany.

Nightrider RU

2011-05-07 13:32

ingo wrote So the Skoda Octavia Combi became a very common car by the Bundeswehr (all leasing-cars).


BTW, how about colonels and higher? They issued with Skoda too, or purchase own cars?

ingo DE

2011-05-07 13:40

Hmm, I must see. Not easy, at around the Ruhr Area there aren't many garrisons. But I guess, they have Mercedes E-Klasse. Nowadays the Bundeswehr doesn't purchase own cars and vans any more, all are leased. Sure, SUV's (Mercedes G "Wolf"), Unimogs and military trucks are own ones.
But civil trucks for the use here, not any more, too. So tanks and bulldozers, also other supplies-stuff were sometimes transported by private truck-companies, even leasing-trucks in military use are to see sometimes.

Nightrider RU

2011-05-07 13:44

So, now such kind of trucks are for export only?
Link to "www.autowp.ru"

ingo DE

2011-05-07 13:49

:??: Never seen this. As RHD and in light beige colour, isn't that something from South Africa?.
Actually listed for sale from the military fleet (unfortunately mostly without photos): Link to "www.vebeg.de"

Exiv96 BE

2011-05-11 00:41

ingo wrote Search "whole Europe", but except the Russian advertise and three from Belgium, it's all cars from Germany.


Proton was indeed sold in Belgium back in the 1990s. It was imported by the local arm of the Inchcape group, who already distributed Daihatsu. Both brands shared the same dealer network. Proton came with the 300/400 series, derived from the 1992-1995 Colt & Lancer. A "600 series", basically a rebadged Mitsubishi Eterna, was shown at the 1994 (or was it 1996 ?) Brussels motor show, but I forgot to take a picture of it. Too bad, because it was never sold here.

However, a couple of years later, Inchcape decided to leave continental Europe. A real bombshell. Daihatsu managed to form a local distribution company for Belgium and Luxembourg. Proton didn't, and left the country.

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Exiv96 BE

2011-05-11 00:49

ingo wrote Hmm, I must see. Not easy, at around the Ruhr Area there aren't many garrisons. But I guess, they have Mercedes E-Klasse. Nowadays the Bundeswehr doesn't purchase own cars and vans any more, all are leased. Sure, SUV's (Mercedes G "Wolf"), Unimogs and military trucks are own ones.
But civil trucks for the use here, not any more, too. So tanks and bulldozers, also other supplies-stuff were sometimes transported by private truck-companies, even leasing-trucks in military use are to see sometimes.


http://www.bwfuhrpark.de/fahrzeuge_117.html

This site shows a few cars, ranging from the Clio to the A6 to the Nissan Patrol.

And as usual in Germany, they sell 1/87 scale models : http://www.bwfuhrpark.de/modellautos_der_bwfuhrparkservice_30.html :D

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