The Johor Sultan drove a pristine-condition blue Proton Saga with the registration number “Proton 1” from Istana Bukit Serene to the airport, a 20km long journey. Earlier, Dr Mahathir had an hour-long audience with Sultan Ibrahim at Istana Bukit Serene, Johor Bahru.
The Proton Saga is Malaysia’s first national car, based on the Mitsubishi Lancer Fiore sedan. Launched on 9 July 1985, it was Proton’s flagship model and the company’s longest running model, having seen different iterations over 31 years.
It was first powered by the 1.3-litre Mitsubishi 4G13 Orion II engine, and two years later, Proton introduced the 1.5-litre 4G15 Orion II-powered model.
The Proton Saga cost MYR17,000 for the 1.3-litre model and MYR19,000 for the 1.5-litre when they were first launched.
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