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Proton Launches New Generation Satria At 2007 Brisbane Motor Show - (Australia)

January 17th, 2007

Proton will give Queensland motorists their first peek of the stunning new Satria Neo three door hatch at this year's Brisbane Motor Show.

The second generation Satria will be launched onto the Australian market at this year's Brisbane Show and will headline the Proton stand alongside the full range of economical and well-styled Protons as well as the Malaysian entry in the International A1 GP racing series.

It is the second time Proton has chosen the Brisbane Motor Show to launch an all new model onto the Australian market following the debut of the popular and practical Jumbuck at the Queensland show in 2003.

Satria Neo will hit Australian roads for a recommended retail price from $18,990 drive away, featuring stylish European inspired design in a three door hatch which will compliment the GEN.2 five-door hatch and Savvy city car, in a range of contemporary designs which are also well equipped and extremely economical.

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 provides a value for money package in a car that is sure to win hearts in Australia.

Satria Neo will be powered by Proton's 1.6-litre Campro twin cam multi-valve engine with 82kw of power and a new step 4 engine management system that promises smoother power and torque delivery while preserving its frugal qualities.

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 GEN.2.

According to Proton Cars Australia managing director, Mr John Startari, the new 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 Neo 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 have formulated pricing to be in line with Proton's policy of providing value for money, fully equipped cars at strong pricing levels," he said.

"It will mean the new Satria will be packed with standard equipment and will be pitched with a starting price of $18,990 driveaway," 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 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 twin airbags, air-conditioning, electric windows, central locking and power mirrors,'' he said.

The Satria Neo will be available with 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 Satria will come in two trim levels, GX and GXR, both featuring high equipment levels as standard.

Complimenting the Satria's road manners the premium GXR model will feature 16-inch alloy wheels and high performance 195/50/R16 88V Continental SportContact-2 tyres ensuring the new car has the rubber to fully exploit its Lotus engineered suspension.

Satria Neo'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 Neo with ABS anti lock brakes featuring large front ventilated discs and solid rear discs as well as electronic brake force distribution (EBD

The new car meets and exceeds current ADR Australian crash test standards while SRS airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners are also part of the new Satria Neo'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 a Blaupunkt AM/FM/CD/ MP3 audio system, which interfaces with a CD changer or iPod and is fully integrated into the Satria's dash.

"Brisbane is and has always been our strongest market and we are always enthusiastic about being at the Brisbane Motor Show, we launched the popular Jumbuck Ute at the Brisbane Show four years ago with fantastic results and we are looking forward to showcasing the new Satria Neo this year," said John Startari.

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