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Proton has launched its latest model, the second generation Satria Neo at this year's Brisbane Motor Show, giving Queenslanders the first chance to see the new three door sporty hatch up close.
The new Satria Neo features stylish European inspired design in a three door hatch which will compliment the Gen2 five-door hatch and Savvy city car in a range of contemporary designs which are also well equipped for the continuing petrol price spiral.
The Proton stand in Brisbane also features the Proton sponsored Malaysian A1 Grand Prix car which is being driven in the International Grand Prix of Nations by Malaysian driver Alex Yoong.
The second generation Satria Neo was released in Malaysia in July 2006 and is already proving enormously popular in its domestic market.
Featuring clean Euro design, high equipment levels, and Proton's trademark Lotus engineered ride and handling the Satria Neo will provide a value for money package that is sure to win hearts in Queensland.
Satria Neo is powered by Proton's 1.6-litre CamPro twin cam multi-valve engine with 82kw of power.
The new Proton Satria Neo's exterior design presents a muscular and sporty image with headlights that project the company's 'tiger eye' family design first seen on the Proton Gen2.
According to Proton Cars Australia managing director, Mr John Startari, the Satria Neo is the most stylish car ever to come from the Proton design studios as well as delivering high levels of ride and handling and exceptional fuel economy.
"Satria will be entering the small three door hatch sector of the market which is a niche that is under contested in the Australian market," said Mr. Startari.
"We believe the specification for Australian models offers strong value for money in line with Proton's policy of providing value for money, fully equipped cars at competitive pricing levels," he said.
"This means the new Satria Neo will be packed with standard equipment and will be pitched close to the five door Gen2. with a starting price of $18,990 drive away," said Mr. Startari.
"The previous Satria provided both our price leader and also our premium product with the GTi so we had a broad spread of buyers, however the new car's sporty looks and handling will mean that a high proportion of Satria Neos purchased will be by young male buyers.
'The Satria Neo will be sold fully equipped with extras such as reverse sensors and ABS brakes standard across the range.''
"Standard equipment will also include dual front SRS airbags, air-conditioning, electric windows, central locking and power mirrors,'' he said.
The Satria will only come with a 1.6-litre engine, from Proton's own CamPro family with 83kW of power and 148Nm of torque, coupled to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic driving the front wheels.
The new hatch sits on a 2440mm wheelbase with a 1470mm front and rear track while its exterior dimensions feature an overall length of 3905mm, height of 1420mm and width of 1710mm.
The high spec Satria Neo GXR will be equipped with 16 inch alloy wheels and high performance 195/50/R16 88V Continental SportContact-2 tyres, ensuring it has the rubber to fully exploit its Lotus engineered suspension.
Satria's front suspension features MacPherson struts while there is a multi-link configuration with anti-sway bar at the rear.
Safety plays a key role in the new Satria with ABS anti lock four wheel disc featuring large front ventilated discs on the front and solid rear discs as well as electronic brake force distribution (EBD).
The new car meets and exceeds all European, and ADR Australian crash test standards while SRS airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners are also part of the new Satria's safety portfolio.
The new Proton's body is twice as strong as the previous Satria and has a torsion rigidity of 13,300Nm per degree and a bending rigidity of 14,000Nm per millimetre.
Air conditioning will be standard along with Blaupunkt AM/FM/CD/ MP3 audio system, which interfaces with a CD changer or iPod and is fully integrated into the Satria Neo's dash.
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