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Proton resurrects Persona via Gen.2 with ultra-keen pricing and features galore

12 Dec 2008

PROTON has finally replaced its original Persona, a car that was based on an ancient Mitsubishi platform. In line with its fast-paced evolution, the emerging Malaysian brand has introduced a new Persona built on an all-new base with a new Proton developed and built engine. The Persona competes against light cars such as the Holden Barina sedan and Toyota Yaris sedan on price, but is a full size larger. It runs a 1.6-litre engine with 82kW and comes standard with some features you don’t expect at this end of the market - including alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and anti-skid brakes.
Model release date: 1 May 2008 to 1 November 2013

Previous model

Proton Persona

Released: May 1995
Ended: October 2004
Family Tree: Persona

Based on the 1992 Mitsubishi CC Lancer sedan, the Proton Wira (renamed Persona from November 1996) had some bespoke body panels (such as the five-door liftback silhouette that was exclusive to the Malaysians) as well as the four-door sedan shape common with the Japanese car. The commonality extended to four-cylinder petrol engines - we saw a 55kW/108Nm 1.3 with five-speed manual from 1999 to 2001 in the GLi – replacing the 66kW/126Nm 1.5 with five-speed manual or three-speed automatic, only to see the latter return from 2002 in 64kW/120Nm guise. A 83kW/137Nm 1.6 with five-speed manual or four-speed auto was also marketed in the XLi until late 2000. Unexciting, but economical and dependable, the Persona competed with light-cars like the Hyundai Excel/Accent, until the in-house Proton-designed Gen.2 usurped it in late 2004. The Persona badge returned on the sedan version of that car in 2008 (tested here), before replacing the Gen.2 badge itself.

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