Sunday, March 26, 2006

Even Proton is facing problems appealing to the dead

This is quite funny.

In this report published in The Sunday Star today, one prayer paraphernalia seller gearing up for Ching Ming or All Souls Day on April 5 has discovered that foreign models of paper cars are selling faster than our Proton, despite the price difference.

Apparently, one popular BMW model from China costs RM16 while Proton only costs RM3 but still, she said that "... Proton ... they are not so popular."

Maybe the power windows also do not work with the paper models, eh?

So very sad. Our national car is giving nightmares that refuse to die. It goes to show that people would not mind forking out a bit more money if they can afford to avoid buying this model, even if it is made of paper. (Maybe, even with the real stuff.)

Looks like Proton is being rejected left, right, center and even down-under.

Do you agree that Proton is suffering from serious IMAGE problem? Are YOU surprised? Amused? Disappointed? Saddened? (even Vindicated?)

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Blogger Maverick SM said...

No! Proton never had an image problem. They never had an image in the first place.

27/3/06 01:42  
Blogger Anak Merdeka said...

hehehe ... how true.

Psst Mave ... are we being unpatriotic by stating the obvious?

27/3/06 10:20  
Blogger howsy said...

Seriously, lemme pose this question again and again: "What is the main component of a car? Where is that from? Can we still consider that a national car?"

Honestly, I felt proud when I see Plotong on the streets in UK here, but I kept asking myself- Hey, the engine came from France lar, you still consider that 'Malaysian' har?

So, do you?

27/3/06 21:17  
Blogger Anak Merdeka said...

Hey Howsy, do those Proton cars on UK roads have problems with their auto-windows?

28/3/06 12:49  
Anonymous jyau said...

I heard that Proton for export are made better quality than for local.

31/3/06 22:05  
Blogger Wormie said...

It is sad that after 20 years of protection, Proton still cannot compete with foreign cars on equal footing. They had always been under the illusion that Proton created good quality cars and so it remained the No 1 car in Malaysia in terms of sales. Now we know the truth (again!) Affirmative policy may sometimes back fires!

2/4/06 17:49  

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