Malaysian firm's chairman says talks with VW will be made public within a fortnight
1 June 2010

Proton could become the latest firm to join forces with the Volkswagen Group, according to the Malaysian firm’s chairman.

Malaysian media has quoted Mohd Nazmi Mohd Salleh as saying outcome of talks between the two firms would be made public within the next fortnight.

“The outcome of talks with VW will be made public in two weeks time,” he said. “I don’t want to jump the gun.”

Proton has long been tipped as a likely candidate for VW to team up with as Proton could use some of its spare production capacity to build VW cars.

Proton could also rebadge some of VW’s older models for its domestic market.

Responding to the Proton chairman’s comments, VW told Reuters said there was no concrete plans for Malaysia and there were no developments or agreements in place at this stage.

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1 June 2010

does proton still own Lotus? if so, a VW link could give VW an easy access into F1 by being an engine supplier for the Lotus team, and VW GTI hatches being tuned with lotus developed suspension would be great. It could also be near to an expiry time for lotus dealing with toyota which i'm sure they dont mind as toyota are not making any small turbo engines. As it happens VW are making them very well and in super high numbers, this could make affordable 1.2tsi engines for the Elise and 1.4tsi for the Elise R.

1 June 2010

Yep Proton still own Lotus thats why the Lotus F1 car is basically a Proton but that would not look or sound good on the F1 racing so they Used Lotus although Proton are advertised on the side off the cars and Lada are Advertised on the side off Renaults cars in a few years maybe they will both have there own teams . It could deff be a nice entry for VW . VW F1 not bad eh lol .

1 June 2010

i hope the outcome will be great. and proton car will get new faces. and in future jeremy clarkson wont talk bad about proton car.. long live proton.

1 June 2010

Looks like VW are going to take over everything soon next is the world !

1 June 2010

Oh well, we have heard this before haven't we? Same old story resurfaces time & again. Negotiation was on, off, on, off & on, off over god knows for how long. The truth is Proton needs VW more than anything else. Now VW can dictate T & C according to their wishes. Proton has no new platforms & it would cost them a fortune to develop one. The economic of scale is simply not there & that is why the new plant in Tanjung Malim is running well below its capacity. Point in case, the next Impian (in Mal they called it Waja) replacement is the present Mitsi Lancer model using a Mitsi engine & is just a rebadge job. Proton sells & survives because of heavy subsidization from the Govt. Malaysians buy Proton not because they want to is because they have to. Is a fact that Proton just cannot compete on equal ground & for this reason Malaysia's car prices are one of the highest in the world apart from Proton & other so called local car's manufacturers. I very much doubt if VW will take over Lotus F1. They have said that they are more interested in supplying engines to F1 teams. In time to come I suspect that F1's engine will be downsized & also being made more efficient.

1 June 2010

I was suggesting VW supply engines for Lotus F1.

And another team for backup.

1 June 2010

HOW MANY BRAND NAMES WILL GET UNDER HER UMBRELLA AT THE END WILL BE THE ONLY GROUP IN THE WORLD

1 June 2010

[quote JS15278]HOW MANY BRAND NAMES WILL GET UNDER HER UMBRELLA AT THE END WILL BE THE ONLY GROUP IN THE WORLD[/quote] LOUD NOISES!!!!!

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1 June 2010

[quote beachland2] a VW link could give VW an easy access into F1 by being an engine supplier for the Lotus team[/quote]

I don't think Lotus cars and the Lotus F1 team are owned by the same company ! I do think that the small turbo engines used in VW cars would be ideal for Lotus ! I also think Lotus could help VW in other ways such as chassis set up !

1 June 2010

I wonder what Volkswagen's going to buy next... perhaps a small country? Look out Ireland!

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