Jan 30, 2010

Proton: You are not alone

It has been for many years that Proton has been the punching bag for the many motor critics at home and abroad. However, since the acquisition of Lotus, there has been some improvements both in designs and performance. But then, this is not enough to convince the critics and my first experience with the new Proton Persona is nothing but a total disappointment. Anyway, the car has been checked and fixed now and it has been plain sailing in terms of driving pleasure.

Maybe, just like human beings who are bound to make mistakes, Proton needs to be given a chance to prove itself to win over the hearts of the critics. Even the giant automakers are making costly and dangerous mistakes as reported here and here and here:
Toyota Motor Corp is extending to Europe the recall of millions of its most popular cars due to dangerous accelerator pedals, a further blow to the reputation of the world’s largest car maker.

Honda announced a recall for 646,000 2007 and 2008 Fit, City and Jazz models worldwide, after a fire hazard involving a power window switch resulted in a death in South Africa.

French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen is recalling 100,000 cars across Europe to change accelerator pedals on two models designed and produced in a joint venture with Toyota.

So Proton, you are not alone in making mistakes. But you must not ride on the mistakes of others to justify your faults. Show the world that you have learned your lessons and convince us that your time has come as an international market player in the motor industry and we will ride with you.

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