Proton Inspira

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Proton Inspira
2011 Proton Inspira 2.0P in Cyberjaya, Malaysia (01).jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Proton
Also called P3-90A
Production 2010-present
Model years 2011-present
Assembly Shah Alam, Malaysia
Body and chassis
Class Compact car / C-segment
Body style 4-door saloon
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Platform Mitsubishi GS
Related Mitsubishi Lancer
Powertrain
Engine 1.8L MIVEC GEMA 4B10 I4
2.0L MIVEC GEMA 4B11 I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed INVECS-III CVT automatic
6-speed INVECS-III CVT Manumatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,635 mm (103.7 in)
Length 4,570 mm (179.9 in)
Width 1,760 mm (69.3 in)
Height 1,490 mm (58.7 in)
Kerb weight 1,310–1,350 kg (2,890–2,980 lb)
Chronology
Predecessor Proton Waja

The Proton Inspira is a four-door compact saloon produced by Malaysian automobile manufacturer Proton which launched on 10 November 2010. It is sold exclusively in Malaysia as a rebadged ninth generation and current Mitsubishi Lancer as the result of a collaboration between Mitsubishi Motors and Proton. It shares the same DaimlerChrysler/Mitsubishi Motors GS platform with the Mitsubishi Lancer. The Inspira succeeded the Proton Waja, and complements the indigenously-designed Proton Prevé in the Malaysian market.

Inspira is the Spanish word for Inspire.

History[edit]

Proton Inspira 2.0P.
The Mitsubishi-made engine of the Inspira.

Proton renewed a technological transfer agreement with Mitsubishi Motors, an agreement that in the mid-1980s was fundamental to Proton’s origins. Mitsubishi would get the Exora for rebadge in Japan under them as fair technology sharing.

With the coming of Inspira, many were delighted that they could buy a Japanese model at a cheaper price. To prove this, 1,100 orders were received within the first 10 days after dealers began accepting bookings for the Inspira. Price-wise, the Inspira costs significantly less than the Lancer in Malaysia because it is made locally, whereas the Mitsubishi is imported as a CBU from Japan. Not only are import duties lower, but the investment Proton made to produce the model locally entitles it to financial incentives that allow it to bring down retail prices. Such incentives are offered to any company that makes its vehicles in Malaysia, but Proton gets a big chunk because it has the biggest investments, including R&D.

However, Proton has been criticised because taking advantage of their relationship with Mitsubishi Motors. This is because Proton has added Lotus handling and auto-cruise to the Proton Inspira that makes it more value for money. The Inspira has a Mitsubishi powertrain with a 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre MIVEC engines paired with CVTs. The Malaysian-market Lancer is only offered in 2.0-litre model mated with CVT, making it heads on with Inspira 2.0. However, based on data in both Mitsubishi Malaysia and Proton, Inspira engine gets 110 kW power (contrary to 114 kW on Lancer's), as well as 197Nm torque (slightly less than Lancer's 199Nm), both in the same engine rpm of 6,000 and 4,250 respectively. Furthermore, Inspira gets 16 inch alloy wheels mated with 205/60 tyres while Lancer received larger and wider 18 inch wheels on 215/45 tyres.

Proton group managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir has reportedly said that it would cost Proton as much as RM700mil (USD230mil) to develop a new car from the ground up but only half the amount via its collaboration with Mitsubishi Motors. This enables the Proton Inspira to be marketed at a cheaper price.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Powertrain engine and performance
Engine 2.0L MIVEC, 4 Cylinder, DOHC 16V
Maximum Speed (km/h) 202 km/h (126 mph)
Acceleration 0–100 km/h (sec) 8.8 seconds
Maximum Output 148 hp (110 kW) / 6000 rpm
Maximum Torque 177 N·m (131 lb·ft) / 4250 rpm
Full tank capacity (Litre) 59
Tyres & Rims 205/60 R16 92H & Alloy – 16" x 6.5JJ
Chassis
Power Steering Hydraulic Power Steering
Suspension (Front/Rear) Macpherson strut with Stabiliser Bar/Multilink Coil Spring with Stabiliser Bar
Brake (Front/Rear) Vent Disc 15"/Solid Disc 14

Awards[edit]

  • 2nd Place (Family Cars Category) at the Asian Auto Fuel Efficiency Award 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sales target for car manufacturers". The Star. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  • "Gambaran awal Waja Replacement aka Lancer Rebadge!!". funtasticko design. December 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2009.
  • Tan, Paul. "Proton P3-90A based on Mitsubishi Lancer preview drive". Paultan.org. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
  • "PROTON ENTERS INTO PRODUCT COLLABORATION WITH MITSUBISHI MOTORS CORPORATION, JAPAN.". Bursa Malaysia. December 12, 2008. Retrieved 16 March 2009.
  • Tan, Paul (2010-11-20). "Proton Inspira launched – full details and photos". Paultan.org. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
  • "Sales target for car manufacturers". The Star. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2011.
  • Tan, Paul. "Proton P3-90A based on Mitsubishi Lancer preview drive". Paultan.org. Retrieved 2011-01-27.

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