Yes they do, and it is called the Proton Used Car Management Network (UCM).
For those who are not aware of it, the initiative was introduced last year with a pilot project consisting of eight outlets located in various dealerships.
The initial months were used to establish operating procedures and to train used car inspectors who would manage transactions in each outlet.
Today, the company announced that the goal is to have operations established at 36 outlets nationwide by end of the year.
According to Proton, the target set for UCM is for replacement sales, where a current owner trades in a Proton model for a new one, to account for a minimum of 10% of the volume for outlets with UCM operations.
The company has also established programmes to help achieve the target such as Proton Xchange, designed to encourage current owners to replace their current cars with the newest Proton models.
Regarding the sale of trade-ins, cars sold by UCM will be marketed under the Proton Certified Pre-Owned (PCPO) banner. All PCPO vehicles undergo a comprehensive 201-point inspection and are guaranteed to have never suffered any flood or major accident structural damage.
They also get a 1-year extended warranty covering the engine and transmission and are eligible for a one-time free service (engine oil and oil filter only), up to 6 months after their registration date.
In case you’re wondering why this sudden enthusiasm by Proton in pushing the sales of its pre-owned cars, it is due to the fact that the growth in used car sales, according to the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), grew by 100% in the first six months of 2020.
So, since there is a high demand, it is only natural for Proton to try to make the most of the situation.
Proton today announced that current X70 owners will be able to upgrade their dust and pollen filter to the newly introduced Proton Intelligent Air Purification System (PIAPS) N95 Cabin Filter for just RM79 excluding labour charges.
Beginning 13th May 2020, owners who are interested in replacing their filters can make service appointments by contacting any Proton service outlet. A service campaign is also scheduled to run from 18 May – 18 August 2020 where a 15% discount on the price of the filter will be offered to all Proton X70 owners.
The announcement is in line with the introduction of the PIAPS system which will be offered as standard on every new unit of the 2020 Proton X70 from now onwards.
The PIAPS system combines the benefits of an N95 Cabin Filter and the Air Purifier System to offer a comprehensive method to improve in-cabin air quality.
The new N95 Cabin Filter is capable of removing 95% of particles larger than 0.3 microns and also removes 98% of PM2.5 dust particulates. It is therefore an effective barrier against smoke particulates, dust, bacteria and other pollutants and functions in both fresh and recirculation modes for the air-conditioning system.
The existing Air Purifier System fitted to all Proton X70s will also remain. It uses a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter that removes 99.97% of particles larger than 0.3 microns while its activated carbon removes odours, formaldehyde and adsorbs and purifies smoke particulates.
Additionally, the ioniser discharges negative ions to cleanse the air. By combining the Air Purifier System with the N95 Cabin Filter, the PROTON Intelligent Air Purification System (P-IAPS) acts as a barrier against contaminated air making its way into the cabin, offering a high level of protection against airborne pollutants for a cleaner and healthier environment.
“Proton is constantly looking at ways to improve our offerings. The introduction of the N95 Cabin Filter is particularly relevant in today’s global environment and by improving the quality of air in the cabin, we hope to deliver a comfortable contaminant-free experience to our customers. For now, P-IAPS will only be offered on the Proton X70 but our designers and engineers are working to fit the N95 cabin filter in our other models too,” said Dr Li Chunrong, CEO of Proton.
Proton has announced that they will be restarting operations from today onwards after receiving all necessary approvals form the relevant authorities.
This applies to all its’ different corporate business units. Some showrooms and service centres will also open today, but some of these outlets are subject to approval from state government and local authorities.
But that’s not all. Our national carmaker has also announced on its official website that the X70 SUV will be offered with N95 cabin filter system as standard very soon.
The announcement follows Geely’s development of the G-Clean Intelligent Air Purification System (IAPS) which automatically filter out harmful particulates in the cabin, back in February.
How the IAPS system works is that it has an active carbon chemical filter which absorbs harmful gases, and filters out bad odour and harmful pollutants from entering the cabin.
The system also comes with a negative ion generator which sterilises and deodorises the air in the car, and gets rid of viruses, bacteria, fungi and mould in the air.
So, yes, the X70 is going to be getting some kick-ass air filtration system – that’s for sure. But details like when exactly, and if there will be a change in price, and what not, remains unknown for now.
After much anticipation, Proton has finally launched the locally assembled X70 SUV, with a few subtle yet important changes.
2020 Proton X70 Standard 2WD – RM94,800
2020 Proton X70 Executive 2WD – RM106,800
2020 Proton X70 Premium 2WD – RM119,800
2020 Proton X70 Premium X 2WD – RM122,800
Despite all the hype, there are only a few things that you need to know about the new X70 which is now being assembled in Proton’s plant in Tanjung Malim.
New 7-Speed Dual Clutch Gearbox
The most important technological enhancement is the introduction of a seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (7-DCT) in place of the six-speed Automatic Transmission (6AT) previously used.
With the new gearbox, Proton claims that fuel consumption has improved by 13% to 7.6L/100km, gear changes have become smoother and quicker, and that torque has increased by 5% to 300Nm, resulting in a quicker 0 – 100km/h sprint time (9.5 seconds).
Further enhancing the practicality of the 2020 Proton X70 is the inclusion of a powered tailgate, which is available from the Executive variant. The feature is height adjustable allowing for hassle free access to the boot compartment and is supplemented by a foot sensor for the top-two specification levels. Regardless of variant, the split folding rear seat back now has a recline function to adjust the rake of the rear seats and boost passenger comfort.
Premium and Premium X variants now receive ventilated front seats that allow cool air to circulate to the driver and front seat passenger.
No More AWD Executive Variant
Similar to its predecessor, the 2020 Proton X70 is offered in four distinct variants though the line-up has been altered. The Standard variant still kicks off the range followed by the Executive. The AWD Executive has been dropped so the next variant is the Premium with the all-new Premium X topping the range.
In case you’re wondering how to distinguish between the outgoing X70 and the latest one, just look at the Proton logo on the front grille. The new X70 gets the circular emblem with the Harimau inside, replacing the old tiger in the “shield”.
That’s it. Besides these enhancements, things remain pretty much the same as before.
Powering all variants is the same 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine which makes 184 PS and 300 Nm of torque.
Safety & Driver Assistance
All variants are equipped with six SRS airbags, rear seat ISOFIX mounts with top tether anchorage, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Auto Brake Hold, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Hill Hold Assist (HHA), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS).
As with the previous model, a 360 Camera is offered on Executive, Premium and Premium X variants but the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) suite is only fitted to the latter two.
Consisting of active and cognitive safety systems including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Door Opening Warning System (DOW) and Intelligent High Beam Control (IHBC), the ADAS suite provides an additional layer of safety helps reduce the risk of accidents.
The current Proton X70 is selling faster than they cane ship them here from China and soon the local assembly will start and we will see sales continue to rise as Malaysians fall back in love with Proton. meanwhile, Proton partner, Geely has just launched the facelift version in China and its called PRO. This latest version was fully unveiled to the public at a design seminar in Hangzhou this week and will be equipped with an updated version of the GKUI.
A week prior, at the launch of the GKUI19 Geely Smart Ecosystem and China’s first independently developed dedicated vehicle chipset, the E01, the Bo Yue PRO was announced to be Geely’s first model to receive the new hardware. The addition of the GKUI19 and E01 chipset has essentially put a “super brain” into the Bo Yue SUV. To match its enhanced intelligence, comprehensive improvements to the original Bo Yue SUV have been made including power and design.
The intelligence upgrade has put the Bo Yue PRO one step closer towards being a true mobile terminal envisioned in Geely’s mobility ecosystem, in which vehicles become a third living space for its passengers rather than just a mere tool of transportation. With the GKUI19 empowered by its dedicated E01 chipset, the Bo Yue PRO transforms into a mobile entertainment system, a control hub for smart devices at home or in the office, a mobile phone, and a mobility service provider.
Speaking at the design seminar, head of Geely Design China, Guy Burgoyne said “We had to go even further than the original class-leading Bo Yue, which was known for the “three G’s”. Good to use, Good performance, and Good intelligence. The Bo Yue PRO has evolved in all dimensions, conveying greater confidence with an ever evolving design language. This new model is an upgrade in all aspects, confidently redefining the segment for a lifestyle inspired premium SUV.”
The Bo Yue PRO comes with either a 1.8TD turbo direct injection engine matched to a 7 speed wet dual clutch transmission or a 1.5TD turbo direct injection engine matched to an Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission. Both powertrain combinations meet the stringent China National 6B emission standards. The 1.8TD has been recalibrated from the previous version used in the original Bo Yue to offer a maximum power of 135kW and max torque of 300 N•m, an increase of 15 N•m. The 7DCT transmission has an efficiency of 97%, helping reduce fuel consumption by 1L per 100km over the original Bo Yue. The 1.5TD engine was jointly developed by Geely and Volvo, offering a maximum power of 130kW and max torque of 255 N•m. The Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission is widely used in high-end models featuring fast shift response and reduced fuel consumption.
The Bo Yue PRO upgrade in technology is matched with a more mature design combining modern Chinese aesthetics with a technology orientated approach. The Bo Yue Pro’s front fascia was given a more aggressive look with a raised hood and a more pronounced grill. Geely’s iconic Expanding Cosmos grille has grown larger, more pronounced, and impactful. The Expanding Cosmos grille is flanked by accentuated deep-set intelligent LED headlamps. The signature “Leaping Cat” design influence seen in the original Bo Yue stance and proportion now holds its head higher, prouder, more confident. Deep functioning air intakes stretches across the exaggerated horizontal width, enhancing the SUV aerodynamic performance.
From the rear quarter, the Bo Yue PRO’s design clean and logical featuring Geely’s distinctive chrome strip that stretches towards the outer edges into the rear lamps. The three-dimensional Chinese fan inspired twisting rear lamps perfectly represent the combination of technology and culture.
After listening to consumer feedback from across our global markets, Geely has moved to lower the load height of the rear tailgate, giving more space to users and allowing for easier loading and unloading of personal items.
The interior of the Bo Yue PRO has been made more spacious with a harmonious and elegant design. Air vents stretch from both sides of the instrument panel and push into the doors, enhancing the perceived transverse space. Fluid interlacing layers fold and twist to help enhance visual depth throughout the cabin. The most eye-catching feature is the two HD central infotainment panel and full LCD instrument panel which seamlessly integrate into the high tech dashboard with ambient lighting that emulate wood grain textures.
The new Bo Yue PRO is a comprehensive upgrade in terms of design, intelligence, and power, opening the door to the 5G “Internet of Everything” era. The model represents Geely Auto’s determination to be the leader of intelligent connected vehicles. The model will be fully launched later in the quarter. Pre-sale booking for the Bo Yue PRO has opened in the Chinese market.
PROTON gave the Proton X70, its first ever SUV, its public debut during the media day of the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS). Held at the Malaysian International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur the show officially opens its doors to the public from 23 November to 2 December and all visitors are invited to get a closer look at the Proton X70 when visiting the Company’s booth.
Although this won’t be the first time the Proton X70 is shown to the public, all previous instances were closed-door preview events for invited guests only. Therefore, this will be the first time it will be displayed in a public environment like KLIMS and for many visitors, this will be their first opportunity to take a closer look at both the inside and outside of PROTON’s newest model.
Aside from having five units on display, PROTON have also prepared special areas to give visitors a unique hands-on experience of the technology and equipment fitted to its newest model. For instance, a full scale half-cut model has been prepared to show critical areas where the body has been reinforced to make it safer in an accident. Display panels housing the touchscreen from the interior of the Proton X70 have also been prepared to demonstrate its usability and allow visitors to try the voice command system.
To add more excitement to its product display, PROTON will give KLIMS visitors a chance to experience the advanced driver assist systems offered on the Proton X70 without having to go for a test drive. A Virtual Reality (VR) area will simulate how systems like the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) work in real life, giving a preview of the sensations a driver will feel when they are activated.
PROTON announced today it has received over 10,000 bookings for the Proton X70 SUV during the official launch of Ming Heng Motor Sdn Bhd, a new 4S dealer in Setapak. The Company also confirmed that it exceeded its 3S/4S outlet submission approval target of 109 and that more applications to open such outlets were still being received.
PROTON’s highly anticipated first SUV, the Proton X70, was made available for prelaunch bookings from 8 September. Interested parties were invited to place a deposit at a PROTON outlet but since 17 October, they have also been able to use an online booking platform, allowing bookings to be made from anywhere with an Internet connection.
To date the response from Malaysians has been very encouraging as total bookings now total over 10,000 units of which nearly 2,000 were made online, thus confirming the Company made the correct decision to develop and launch the platform.