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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Proton Satria Neo arrives

PROTON Holdings Bhd has launched the all-new Satria Neo three-door hatchback, which replaces the popular Satria model which was introduced 12 years ago.

Roughly the same size with the original Satria, the Satria Neo is based on an all-new platform with some components derived from the Proton Gen.2 hatchback.

Although the Satria Neo bears the familiar silhouette of the Satria, its bold wheel arches and rounded rear section give it a more aggressive appearance with some styling cues carried over from Proton's Gen 2.

The car is available in 1.3- and 1.6-litre Campro 16-valve double overhead camshaft engines with either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual gearboxes.

On-the-road price with insurance for the 1.3-litre Satria Neo with manual transmission (MT) is RM43,500, while the 1.3-litre with automatic transmission (AT) is RM46,500.

The 1.6-litre M-Line with MT costs RM48,500, 1.6-litre M-Line with AT (RM51,500), the 1.6-litre H-Line with MT (RM51,800) and the 1.6-litre H-Line with AT (RM54,800).

The Satria Neo is built with a combination of ultra-high and high tensile strength steel, making its body twice as stiff compared with the older Satria.

Its doors are also made from high tensile steel with double impact trapezoid bars for better protection during side impact.

Its suspension system has been tuned by Lotus which promises good handling without sacrificing ride comfort.

The front set-up uses the McPherson struts system with a new cross member designed for high rigidity, while the rear suspension is an improved four-link system with recalibrated shock absorber dampening and spring rates.

All variants come with front and rear disc brakes for better stopping power.

The 1.6-litre standard version comes with rear wiper and roof spoiler, radio with CD player and MP3 capability, steering wheel mounted audio controls, immobiliser, vehicle tracking system and reverse sensor.

The 1.3-litre Satria Neo is equipped with 15-inch tyres on steel wheels, while the 1.6-litre variant comes with 16-inch tyres in alloy sports wheels.

Meanwhile, the 1.6-litre H-Line variant has additional features such as dual front airbags, anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution and front seat belts with pretensioners.

Proton Holdings managing director Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir said at a media preview of the car in the Sepang International Circuit that the national car company had invested more than RM500mil into the Satria Neo project.

The company is looking at monthly sales of between 2,000 and 2,500 units of the Satria Neo.

Plans are already underway for the Satria Neo to be exported in the third quarter of the year to countries with right hand-drive system such as to Britain, Australia, Indonesia and Thailand.

The left hand-drive version is expected to be ready early next year.

The Satria Neo is available in metal grey, twilight blue, iridescent white, brilliant red and liquid orange.

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