Episode 01: Do you love Japanese cars too?
Konbanwa~ (since it is now evening at Malaysia)
The history of PROTON
Let me share with all the readers out there about how Japanese cars have been evolved here in Malaysia. Even our own national car project called Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional (National Automobile Company) or well known as PROTON was based on a Japanese famous model. Let me start with a little bit of PROTON’s history. Do you know that PROTON was originally a manufacturer of rebadged Mitsubishi Motors (MMC)? It was in 1980s to 1990s when PROTON started to produced PROTON SAGA from the base from the 1983 Mitsubishi Lancer Fiore 4 door saloon powered by a 1.3 litre Mitsubishi Orion 4G13 engine. Not forgetting a few of Mitsubishi Motors models have been rebadged to make various models of Proton’s lineup in the earlier days.
This is my Dad’s car and there is little me and my sister
Japanese car are cheaper to maintain
I remember my dad’s 2nd car was 4G15 Magma 18V SOHC 1.5L Proton Saga after his 1980’s Mazda 1.4L 323 have totalled due to accident. He even mentioned to me that he prefers to own a Japanese car brand since it was much cheaper to maintain, not forgetting the build-up qualities. It was then sold off and was replaced by 4G91 DOHC 1.5L Proton Wira which was based on the 4th generation Mitsubishi Lancer.
Perodua Kancil is cute, but not cute enough to let me date successfully
When I have started my university years, my mom let me drive her ED-10 SOHC 849CC Perodua Kancil. This model was a rebadged 3rd generation Daihatsu Mira. It was a very cute little car which I commute
from home to class. I remember there was a moment when I fetched 1 of my crush to a date. She then commented that my car was small and then left me for a guy with a BMW (T-T)
Toyota Vios was my next car
So after graduate from university I then worked hard to upgrade my ride. After a year I managed to own a Toyota Vios which was targeted primarily for emerging markets in the Asia Pacific region. It was supposed to serves as the replacement to the Tercel (marketed as Soluna in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore) which filled the Asian subcompact or B-Segment class, below Corolla and Camry.
Our Toyota Vios with some serious parts displayed
This is our lineup
We have more FUN!, and the car runs faster and faster
It was powered by a 1NZ-FE 1.5L engine and it only came in auto transmission here in Malaysia. But that doesn’t stop us to transformed it to a very fun car & fast as well. I named it Ms Vee and we were together for about 5 years before I decided to let it go for an upgrade. We also managed to get champions for both category of Toyota Vios Mild & Extreme Category at The Xtreme Nights 2007.