A Proton Saga clocked an impressive 4.65l/100km at Proton 1 Tank Adventure
Our first national car might have had a bad reputation over the past few years, but the company has changed its gears and is steering in the right direction. Part of Proton’s smart strategy to win the trust of customers was to show. The “1 Tank Adventure” competition event has effectively proved that the new Proton cars are indeed impressive.
Fuel-efficiency of a car is an important part of any conversations about cars. A total of 710 km journey set off from Kota Bharu, Kelantan, and ended in Johor Bahru, Johor, was covered by 36 finalist teams, 18 Proton cars. The car models: Proton Iriz, Proton Persona, and Proton Saga were the only cars in the competition. First checkpoint was at Pantai Rhu in Terengganu, followed by an overnight stop at Kuantan, Pahang, and they finally made their way to the award ceremony day in Puteri Harbour, Iskandar Puteri.
Each car had two categories: Media and Owner. Winners were chosen based on the average amount of fuel consumed over their journey. The best figure was by Owner category in Proton Saga, clocking an impressive 4.65 litres per 100km, and close-match 4.78 litres per 100km for Media category. Proton Iriz read a 4.82 litres per 100km for Media category and 5.31 litres per 100km for Owner. Proton Persona’s numbers were about 5 litres per 100km for both categories. Strict time limits had been enforced in between checkpoints to ensure the safety of other road users; which means the winner could not drive too slowly to save fuel. The average speed was above 70km/h, similar to a typical real-world driving situation.
With this result, based on a 40 liters tank, Proton Iriz and Saga would theoretically be able to travel 800km with one tank.
Dr Li Chunrong, CEO of Proton, in his speech, said Proton aims to manufacture “world-class products” and is also committed to delivering good service to customers.
Proton Holdings Berhad joined a partnership with Zhejiang Geely Holdings Group in 2017. The automotive company has since undergone a rebranding phase with its new promise: Inspiring Connections.