Proton i.Care commercial - English version
Proton i.Care campaign. Proton has launched it's new Proton i.Care service,
a customer service program that will cover every aspect of Proton's
customer service offerings.
"All Proton customer service offerings will now fall under the Proton
i.Care umbrella. From hotline to 24-hour breakdown services to after-sales
service centres, Proton i.Care will be the single point of contact, serving
as the companion for customers. Internally, it can be likened to a customer
management centre that is ever thoughtful, friendly, humble and committed
to improve and grow," said Proton managing director Datuk Syed Zainal
Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir.
PROTON SAGA FLX SE 1.6 CVT
Under the bonnet is where the hype is all about. Fitted with a 1.6litre
CamPro with IAFM, it is not the exact unit carried over from the Persona or
the previous 1.6 FL. Despite the same displacement, bore/stroke and
compression ratio, the guys from the engine department managed to squeeze
an extra 3Nm of torque but loosing 2kW of output, bringing the final
figures to 80kW@5750rpm and 150Nm@4000rpm. This fiddling about could
possibly be to synchronize the engine from the previous 4-speed torque
convertor unit to the CVT sourced from Punch Powertrain of Belgium.
With the extra 10kW and 20Nm, this bigger Saga is no longer as sluggish as
its smaller sibling. Pulling away from standstill, the evident hesitancy is
now less apparent, delivering constant flow of pulling power throughout the
range. Another welcome is the engine note which sounds more relaxed and
composed as the red needle rises. In contrast to the previous 1.3 power
plant, the smaller unit would create quite a lot of din as well as
transmitting a fair amount of vibrations despite the smooth gear shifting.
As with the CVT before, there is a noticeable whining sound especially when
one floors the right pedal.
In the urban jungle, the Saga's high-ish driving position and small turning
radius makes it very maneuverable in tight spaces. Operating the steering
is a tad heavier than most EPS systems but neither does it require biceps
the size of Arnold Swarchenegger's. On the up side, things turn out for the
better when the roads open up with a bit of twisty bends. Sporting wider
195/50/15 donuts, the car not only grips slightly better, but the steering
feedback provides sufficient confidence to tackle the corners a little
harder. However, do be reminded that its chassis is not as nimble as the
bigger Persona and Satria Neo. Fitted with McPherson struts and a torsion
beam, it will display some levels of pitching though in a much more gradual
manner than most equivalent competitors.Tagged at RM49899, those shopping
for cars in this price bracket should not confine themselves to just the
"Lagi Power, Lagi Best" candidate, simply because both cars excel and fall
in different aspects. As a whole, there is no other car of this price range
that delivers this level of drivability and practicality of a saloon.
Furthermore unlike Protons of old, the long associated power window issue
is now backed with a 10-years warranty.