After a long spell of lockdowns, the economic activities are resumed in Malaysia and with both of Proton’s manufacturing plants starting their operations, the Malaysian automaker is finally about to begin delivering the vehicles in Pakistan. In a statement, the CEO of Proton Roslan Abdullah said:
“With production at both its plants now restored, Proton is also able to resume its export activities. Pakistan will receive three shipments of the Proton X70 amounting to about 108 units in September along with completely-knocked down (CKD) packs of the Proton Saga ahead of its rollout, now estimated to take place at the end of October.”
This means that the locally assembled Saga units will likely be delivered from November 2021 whereas the X70 will continue to be served as CBU till the plant becomes capable to deliver the local assembled X70 units probably towards the first quarter of 2022.
In Malaysian market, Proton has achieved sales of 62,637 units in the first 8 months of this year, which is an increase of 1.6% compared to the corresponding period a year ago. Between June and August this year, Proton sold a total of 5,354 units, comprising of online registrations as well as exports. Proton said sales recovery is on track as its on the verge of being allowed to operate at 100% capacity based on the current standard operating procedures for reopening of plants and business premises in Malaysia.
The company with its local partner Al-Haj Automotive launched the X70 SUV in December last year and Saga sedan in February 2021 however it faced serious backlash due to the inability to deliver booked units even after several months of formal launch. Now with the light showing at the end of the tunnel, consumers in Pakistan might be able to finally get their hands on Proton vehicles. Funnily enough, they have waited more for the delivery of Proton vehicles than to wait for their babies. Are you excited to hear this update? Let us know with your comments.
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