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Proton throws a curve ball into the light car mix with its impressive $13,990 Savvy

17 Mar 2006

SINCE it was launched here as a brand in 1996, about 20,000 Protons have found homes among eager Aussie buyers looking for budget motoring – but some would say sales are pathetically low considering a decade of sales. But the Malaysian car-company has endured, if nothing else, with earlier cars borrowing heavily from Mitsubishi and fraught with quality problems. Despite some false starts, with poorly executed cars like the first-generation Gen II and the relatively expensive Waja, it has soldiered on against the might of the low-cost Koreans. More widely known for its ageing Jumbuck ute and the out-of-production hot hatch Satria GTi, Proton Australia now has an eye to the future, evidenced by the arrival of better-built cars like the $13,990 Savvy five-door hatch. The Savvy is a vastly different car to previous Protons. For a start it is well built. Throw in excellent dynamics, high equipment levels, good fuel economy and affordable pricing and it may have enough credibility to tackle the Koreans.
Model release date: 1 April 2006 to 1 August 2012

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