HISTORY GENERATION OF PROTON SAGA.
BEGINNING OF THE MALAYSIAN AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY.
Proton Saga is a symbol of the beginning of the Malaysian automotive industry. As a Malaysian, we should be proud with our country because we have the capability to make our own car and become one of the automotive country. Proton has manufacture many model after Proton Saga.
PROTON SAGA :1985–1991
Proton Saga was launched in September 1985 by the Prime Minister of Malaysia at that time, Dato ‘Seri Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad (now Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad). Proton Saga model is based on the early Mitsubishi Lancer cars model of Fiore 1983.Name of Proton Saga model is chosen from the winners of contests to choose the name of the first national car by retired army Ismail Jaafar. Proton Saga was released in the United Kingdom in 1989.
As a symbol of the beginning of the automotive industry in Malaysia, the Proton Saga is the first release was awarded to the National Museum Malaysia. The first issue is model cars 4 door saloon, followed by the addition of variations, introduced in 1988 as the Proton Knight and was known as the Saga Aeroback .
Early Proton Saga models are supported by a gasoline engine SOHC 8-valve 4-cylinder sourced from Mitsubishi, available in both 1.3 and displacements.Both machines are available with 1.5-liter 5-speed manual transmission, but the Mitsubishi 3-speed Tri-matic Automatic is available with 1.5 liter engines in 1987.
In 1990, the revised line-up with the introduction of machinery Megavalve 12-valve, which increases the position of power to 75 bhp (56 kW) (from the original 70.5 bhp (53 kW) on the ex-valve 8 (Magma) version) for the 1.3 liter engine , and 90 bhp (67 kW) for the 1.5 liter engine.
PROTON SAGA ISWARA: 1992–2002
The Proton Saga was given a facelift in 1992 and its name expanded as Proton Saga Iswara or also known as Proton Iswara.In United Kingdom this model was known as the Proton MPi.This particular model is mostly used as taxis in Malaysia and some are converted to NGV.Modifications included slimmer headlights, grooved taillight clusters, side mouldings, plastic bumpers, coloured door handles, and rear number plate repositioned to the bumper.
PROTON WIRA : 1993
Proton Wira, also known as the Proton Persona in some countries, the models produced by Proton Berhad, Malaysia’s national car manufacturer. This model was introduced in 1993, a car-based Mitsubishi Lancer / Colt. Between 1996 and 1998, this model has reached sales of 220,000 units, and is a very popular model in Malaysia.
PROTON SAGA LMST (2003–2008)
In 2003, Proton gave the Iswara a new facelift and renamed it back to Saga or known as Saga LMST by local car community. Saga LMST exterior received new headlights and taillights and colour-coded bumpers and wing mirrors.Meanwhile, the interior has an entirely new dashboard, an instrument panel with a digital display consisting of an odometer, a fuel gauge and a temperature gauge and new door panels.
On January, 2008, Proton unveiled the second generation of Proton Saga,named Proton Saga BLM (Base Line Model) which was planned to be phased out in June 2008.