Proton Tells Reporters at Geneva Auto Show That It Will Sell Emas Concept in Europe

By Brendan Moore

Proton has ended speculation on whether their Emas vehicle concept is actually going anywhere with the news that it intends to sell versions of the car in Europe within the next three years.

The plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid minicar, whose name means “gold” in the Malay language, also has a meaning derived from the acronym in its name – it simultaneously stands for Eco Mobility Advance Solution. There are three different body styles: the standard model is a five-door four-seat hatchback, the Emas Country is a three-door five-seat hatch and the Emas3 is an urban vehicle with a three-plus-one seating arrangement. The cars will be produced with both hybrid and regular gasoline engines.

The hybrid is one model in the new Emas family, developed in tandem with Italdesign Giugiaro. Lotus Engineering, owned by Proton developed the hybrid powertrain. The hybrid system includes a 51 bhp, 1.2-litre three-cylinder engine that can burn petrol, ethanol, methanol or natural gas.

“We are planning to enter Europe first with the hybrid model, following with a non-hybrid version,” Proton Managing Director Dato Haji Sed Zainal Abidin stated at the show.

Proton says it plans to build approximately 150,000 units of the car in Malaysia, which will be sold in most global markets, with the exception of North America. The company expects the gas engine car to cost around 10,000 euros ($13,650 USD), with the hybrid version coming in at a higher price of 14,000 euros.

Proton is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The Malaysian vehicle manufacturer has produced over three million vehicles during its existence, but has never been able to sell too many cars outside of Asia. The company is diligently trying to improve its geographic reach.

Author: Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore is a Principal Consultant with Cedar Point Consulting , a management consulting practice based in the Washington, DC area. He also manages Autosavant Consulting, a separate practice within Cedar Point Consulting. where he advises businesses connected to the auto industry. Cedar Point Consulting can be found at http://www.cedarpointconsulting.com.

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