Car reviews - Proton - Gen.2 - L-Line 5-dr hatch
Gen.2 is the most important small car ever for Proton, Malaysia's national car-maker
27 May 2005
PROTON’S second independent model is another front-wheel compact that slots between the light and small car segment in size and price. Lotus obviously has had a big hand in the way this steers and rides, while the stylists looked to Europe for inspiration. The result is the poorly named CM-series Gen.2, an interesting effort that may not quite achieve its maker’s ambitions, but might be worth checking out anyway because of its sheer individuality and value for money.
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The Gen.2’s predecessor was the front-wheel drive Persona, a 1993 makeover of the 1992 Mitsubishi CC Lancer, featuring new sheet metal and the implementation of a five-door hatchback model (alongside the four-door sedan variant) that the Japanese original was never offered with. Australians first saw it as the Wira in mid-’95, but the name was replaced at facelift time to Persona from late ’96.
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