Proton is the national car manufacturer for Malaysia, and first started in in 1983 under the direction of the former Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia.The first model was the Proton
Saga and was first launched in September 1985. 1996 saw Proton gain engineering and automotive expertise thanks to acquiring Lotus technologies.This led to the production of the Proton Gen-2.2007 saw
Proton release its new Sedan, named Persona. In 2008, Proton announced that it was to release a fuel efficient hybrid car which would increase awareness of environmental issues.