|Body and chassis|
|Body style||5-door hatchback|
|Engine||1.1-litre Citroën I4|
|Wheelbase||2,290 mm (90.2 in)|
|Height||1,810 mm (71.3 in)|
|Curb weight||780 kg (1,719.6 lb)|
The genesis of the Tiara was the result of an agreement during the mid-1990s between Proton's then CEO, Yahaya Ahmad, and PSA Peugeot Citroën, a producer of Citroën and Peugeot vehicles. Yahaya had expressed wishes that Proton not use Mitsubishi platforms, and that Proton cooperate with PSA Peugeot Citroën for access to its diesel engines. In 1996, Proton began a separate joint venture with PSA to build the Tiara called USPD (Usahasama Proton DRB Sdn. Bhd.).
Yahaya Ahmad was killed in a helicopter crash in 1997, and Proton returned to using various Mitsubishi-based platforms and developed in-house designed models later. Production of the Tiara ceased in 2000 due to low sales volume; in 2005, the Proton Savvy was launched as a successor to the Proton Tiara or Citroen AX.
Design and market
The Tiara was known as the cheapest used car in its market.[verification needed] Its appearance mimicked that of more powerful Citroën AXs, such as the AX GT, but the grille was restyled to match the existing Saga and Wira models. Other cosmetic differences included different bumpers and taillight clusters. It was only available with a 1.1-litre 45 kW (60 hp) engine.
The Proton Tiara was sold only in the Malaysian market, due to similarities with the Citroën AX.
- Komura, Chikara (2000). Hamada, Kōichi; Matsushita, Mitsuo; Kōmura, Chikara, eds. "Policies towards automobile industries in Southeast Asia". Dreams and Dilemmas: Economic Friction and Dispute Resolution in the Asia-Pacific (Singapore: Seikei University Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, Japan): 187. ISBN 981-230-069-4.
|Proton road vehicle timeline, 1985–present|
|Subcompact||Satria / Compact / 300 series / Satria GTi||Satria Neo|
|Saga / Knight / Saga Iswara / Mpi / LMST||Saga / BLM / S16 / Saga FL / Saga FLX|
|Compact||Wira / Persona / 400 series|
|Persona / Gen-2 Persona|
|Waja / Impian||Inspira|
|Coupé||Putra / Coupé / M21||Putra|
|Utility||Arena / Jumbuck|