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 Saga. The latest is Proton Exora.
1st car manufactured by Proton – Proton Saga
PROTON SAGA (1985–1991)
The Proton Saga was launched in September 1985 by Malaysia’s Prime Minister on that time, Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad ( Now Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad).The Proton Saga originally based on the 1983 Mitsubishi Lancer Fiore.The name Saga was chosen from the winner of the contest which was held to choose the name of the first national car, Ismail Jaafar is a retired military soldier.The Proton Saga then sold in the United Kingdom in 1989.
As a symbol of the beginning of the Malaysian automotive industry the first Proton Saga that rolled off the production line was presented to the Malaysian National Museum as a symbol of the beginning of the Malaysian automotive industry.It was offered as a 4-door saloon, followed by the addition of a hatchback variant, introduced in 1988 as the Proton Knight and was later know as Saga Aeroback.
Early Proton Saga models were powered by SOHC 8-valve 4-cylinder petrol engines sourced from Mitsubishi, available in both 1.3- and 1.5-litre displacements.Both engines were available with a 5-speed manual transmission, but a 3-speed Mitsubishi Tri-matic automatic was available with the 1.5-liter engine in 1987.
In 1990, the line-up was revised with the introduction of 12-valve Megavalve engines, which increased power ratings to 75 bhp (56 kW) (from the original 70.5 bhp (53 kW) in the former 8-valve (Magma) version) for the 1.3-litre engine, and 90 bhp (67 kW) for the 1.5-litre engine.
Proton Iswara is mostly used as taxis in Malaysia
PROTON SAGA ISWARA (1992–2008)
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 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.