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The first Proton product to be assembled at the Pakistani plant will be the Saga.
Geely-invested Proton to assemble vehicles in Pakistan
Automotive News China | 2019/3/26

Malaysian carmaker Proton Holdings, partly owned by private Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, will assemble vehicles in the Pakistani port city of Karachi as part of efforts to expand sales out of Malaysia.

The assembly plant will be built and operated by Alhaj Automotive, Protoní»s distributor in Pakistan, with initial investment of $30 million (201 million yuan), Proton said.

It is scheduled to start operation before the end of 2020 and will build Proton-badged vehicles with complete knockdown kits shipped from Malaysia. 

The first Proton product to be assembled at the plant will be the Saga, a 1.3-liter compact sedan. 

In 2017, Geely acquired a 49.9 percent stake in troubled Proton Holdings, which makes cars under the Proton brand, from Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom. Under the deal, Geely also purchased a 51-percent interest in U.K. sports car maker Lotus Cars from Proton. 

To expand Protoní»s product line, Geely started shipping the right-hand-drive version of the Boyue, its top-selling compact crossover in China, to Malaysia in December. The vehicle is distributed there as the Proton X70. 

Geely plans to market more of its products, including its first multi-purpose vehicle, through Protoní»s dealerships. The vehicles will eventually be assembled at Protoní»s plant and sold in Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries.

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