1 Sep 1992
Whichever way you look at it, the Proton Wira/Persona is essentially the 1992-1996 Mitsubishi CC-series Lancer, albeit with a few engineering and body panel changes – including a five-door hatchback unavailable in the Lancer.
The Malaysian Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Berhad (Proton) company, established in 1983, has built Mitsubishi-sourced small cars since 1985.
Several Wira variants arrived here in May ’95: a 66kW 1.5-litre 12-valve four-cylinder GL sedan and GLi sedan and Aeroback hatchback, and an 83kW 1.6-litre 16-valve four-cylinder XLi sedan and hatchback. All featured power steering, central locking and cloth trim.
The 1.5 cars offered a three-speed auto gearbox option (except the GL) to the standard five-speed manual while a four-speed auto was available with the 1.6 engine models.
A change in distribution led to a relaunch of the struggling Proton brand in late ’96.
The Wira name was dropped for Persona, but the cars remained essentially identical.
The Road to Recovery podcast series
25th of June 1995
Proton 1995 Wira Aeroback GLi 5-dr hatch