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Proton MPI (1989 – 1995)

Japanese Technology, Malaysian Style

Back in 1989 we were used to the idea of cars being imported from Japan, Eastern Europe and even South Korea, but from Malaysia? Well, that was something altogether different. Behind the scenes though, the newcomer was, in fact, based on a Mitsubishi Lancer. It was an up-to-date, front-wheel drive saloon or hatchback with a choice of two engines (1.3 or 1.5 litres) and three grades of trim. The Proton MPI was widely regarded as the first reliable value-for-money vehicle on offer in the UK; thus winning a number of awards including:

  • 1991 What Car? Best Value Car of the Year
  • 1992 Auto Express Best Value Popular New Cars
  • 1993 What Car? Best Buy Family Car up to £10,000

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