Jan 31 2010 Malcolm Robertshaw
Savvy buyers look at Proton
PROTON has always had a reputation for value for money products and cash strapped buyers could discover that a new Proton could be exactly what they're looking for with three year/60,000 mile warranty and three years free RAC cover as standard, plus free metallic paint until March 31.
The Savvy five-door city car is small on the outside but big on the inside. Looking every bit the stylish city car, the contemporary headlights, low front skirt, body-coloured rear bumper and chunky 15-inch alloy wheels suggest that this car is a great performer and the 1.2-litre engine doesn't disappoint. Reverse distance sensors are fitted as standard and the Savvy is great value for money at just £7,295.
The Satria Neo is a sporty three-door supermini well tuned for optimum performance. The 16 valve Lotus-engineered CamPro engine delivers swift response from a standing start and Lotus developed ride and handling makes corner work a joy.
Bucket seats, electric wing mirrors and steering wheel mounted audio controls are included for a price of £9,995 OTR. In addition, the Satria Neo Sport option comes with a stylish leather interior and twin sports stripes in a choice of colours.
GEN-2 is available in a five-door hatchback or four-door saloon guise. The GEN-2's spacious interior comfortably accommodates five adults and the versatile rear seats fold flat for extra boot space. Until March 31 you get three years free servicing when you buy a GEN-2 1.3 GLS, or opt for the GEN-2 1.6 GSX hatchback and get a stylish leather interior worth £1,000 absolutely free. The range starts from £8,995 OTR.
The fuel friendly GEN-2 EcoLogic can run on either unleaded petrol or LPG which retails at just under half the price of diesel and the GEN-2 ecoLogic costs no more than their petrol equivalents.
Proton is currently the only manufacturer in the UK offering a factory-converted LPG vehicle, fully warranted and at no extra cost.
The GEN-2 ecoLogic also benefits from a discount in road tax and some insurers, such as LPG Sure, offer discounts for drivers of LPG vehicles. The GEN-2 ecoLogic range starts from just £9,995 and this model is now also available with automatic transmission.