Proton Savvy

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Proton Savvy
Proton Savvy (front), Denpasar.jpg
Manufacturer Proton
Production 2005–May 2011[1]
Assembly Malaysia: Proton City, Perak
Body and chassis
Class Supermini (EU), Subcompact (US)
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front Engine, Front Drive
Doors 5
Engine 1.2 L Renault D4F I4
Capacity 1149 cc
Power output 75 PS (55 kW; 74 hp) @ 5,500 rpm, 105 N·m (77 lb·ft) @ 3,500 rpm

AMT (Automated Manual Transmission)

Magneti Marelli Quickshift 5
Wheelbase 2,395 mm (94.3 in)
Length 3,710 mm (146.1 in)
Width 1,643 mm (64.7 in)
Height 1,480 mm (58.3 in)
Kerb weight 957 kg (2,110 lb)
Predecessor Proton Tiara
Successor Proton Iriz
2007-2010 Facelift Proton Savvy

The Proton Savvy is a supermini hatchback produced by Malaysian carmaker Proton. The car was introduced in June 2005, as an indirect successor to Proton Tiara. It was discontinued in 2011 due to slow sales compared to the Perodua Myvi.


Following Proton's decision to discontinue the Citroën AX based Tiara in 2000, a replacement model was required in order for Proton to reenter the supermini market. The replacement, originally codenamed the Tiara Replacement Model (TRM), was partially designed in house by Proton, but is powered by a D-Type engine by Renault.

The Savvy was launched June 2005 in Malaysia as a manual transmission only model, followed by the introduction of Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) model in November 2005. Export models of the Savvy were introduced to the United Kingdom in September 2005.

The Savvy was also among two models (alongside the Proton Gen-2) the now defunct MG Rover was seeking to rebadge when it entered talks with Proton's parent company in during 2004. On January 19, 2007, a photoshopped facelift was released, sporting minor changes on the front and rear of the car.

In March 2006, Proton introduced a "Savvy Zerokit" variant developed in conjunction with the Proton's motorsports division, R3 (Race Rally Research), that includes an all round bodykit and rear spoiler made from fibre-reinforced plastic, and 15-inch (380 mm) JRD 155 wheels. Additional options include "dark titanium" headlights, performance suspension and a performance rear exhaust muffler that increases the power output of up by 4 hp (3 kW) to 78 hp (58 kW).[2][3]

On the 3 January 2007, Proton launched the Proton Savvy facelift in left-hand drive in Taiwan. It featured an infotainment system with an integrated LCD, DVD video and audio playing capabilities.[4]

On the 19 January 2007, Proton launched the Proton Savvy facelift in Malaysia. It added two more color, Energy Orange and Genetic Silver.[5] The pre-facelift models comes with the front and rear looking similar in a sense that both sides have a "V" design for the logo, whereas the facelift models come with straight horizontal grille in the front and two horizontal lines behind.

In July 2007, Proton announced a basic variant called Savvy Lite, of which this model has most of the manually controlled mechanical parts and comes without "expensive" features such as the remote control, power windows and alarm system.[6]

The second generation Proton Saga, launched in January 2008, based its chassis on that of the Savvy, albeit elongated to support a sedan bodywork. [7]

The Savvy is also notable for being the first Proton car to undergo a publicly announced recall. On April 1, 2008, Proton Edar ordered the recall of all 34,000 Savvys on Malaysian roads (of which their production dates were before December 17, 2007) for an inspection and replacement of the rear wheel bearing, based on a parts defect found during random checks.[8]. The announcement was a precautionary measure over possibilities potential water entry into the Savvy's rear wheel bearing set might cause malfunction of its components.

As of 2011, the production of Proton Savvy was stopped and the Proton Savvy was discontinued due to very slow sales compared to the Perodua Myvi.[9]


Unlike the Tiara, the Savvy's exterior design was largely developed in-house by Proton, prominently featuring a clamshell bonnet design for efficient air ventilation.[verification needed] The Savvy is powered by a 1.2 litre D-Type DOHC 16 valve engine sourced from Renault, similar to the one used in the Renault Twingo and Clio.

The reverse gear for the manual transmission model is placed at the top left which is the position of a normal first gear position for conventional manual transmission cars. A locking mechanism is equipped to prevent the driver from accidentally shifting to reverse when shifting to the first gear, which can be unlocked by pulling up the black ring at the gear knob while shifting to reverse. This is a similar mechanism in many European cars, including Volvo and Renault cars from the mid 1990s.

The Savvy, along with other in house designed Protons such as the Gen-2, Persona, Satria Neo, Waja, Waja Chancellor, and second generation Saga, feature turn indicator switches placed at the left hand side, unlike models introduced earlier, such as the first generation Saga, Wira and Perdana.

Export Markets[edit]

The Proton Savvy was exported to the Australia, United Kingdom, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia


The facelifted Proton Savvy was available in two variants in Indonesia: MT and AMT. There was a choice of seven colors: Onyx Black, Metal Grey, Genetic Sliver, Energy Orange, Solid Red, Passion Blue and Solid White. It came with a 3 year or 100,000 km warranty.[10]


The Savvy has received two known "Car of the Year" awards from two ASEAN countries, including the Cars, Bikes & Trucks's "New Straits Times/AmBank Group 2006 Car of the Year" Award in the Supermini category, and the "Best City Car" award at the 6th Indonesian Car of the Year 2007 awards. The car is also the only Proton model so far to be TÜV (Technischer Überwachungsverein) Certified.

Proton Savvy was voted among Thailand's Top 10 Cars in 2008, by The Nation Daily.[11]

The Savvy is also recognised in the Malaysian Book of Records as the most fuel efficient car in Malaysia, during an on road test by Proton, with an average fuel consumption of about 24 km/l.


Powertrain Engine & Performance
Engine 4-cylinder 16-valve D4F (Engine Code:722)
Maximum Speed (km/h) 170 km/h
Acceleration 0–100 km/h (sec) 14 seconds (AMT)/ 12.2 seconds (MT)
Maximum Output hp(kW)/rpm 75 hp (55 kW) @ 5,500rpm
Maximum Torque (Nm/rpm) 105 Nm (77 lb/ft)/3500rpm
Full tank capacity (Litre) 40
Tyres & Rims 165/60R14 75H & Alloy 14" x 5.5J or 175/50R15 75H & Alloy 15" x 5.5J
Power Steering Hydraulic
Suspension (Front/Rear) MacPherson Strut Coil Spring & Stabiliser Bar/ Torsion Beam Axle
Brake (Front/Rear) Ventilated Disc/ Drum


  1. ^ "Monthly Production by Maker/Brand in Malaysia, 2009-2015". 21 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Proton Savvy Zerokit by Race Rally Research". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 2006-03-26. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Savvy - Brochure". 2006-04-11. Archived from the original on 2006-04-11. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Proton Savvy facelift in Taiwan (left hand drive)". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  5. ^ "2007 Proton Savvy Facelift Launched!". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 2007-01-19. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  6. ^ "New Proton Savvy Lite - from RM33,549". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 2007-07-07. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  7. ^ "New Proton Saga Launch and Test Drive Report". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 2008-01-18. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  8. ^ "Proton Savvy rear wheel bearing recall". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  9. ^ "Proton to end production of Proton Savvy. For real?". 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2017-07-17. 
  10. ^ Proton Savvy Indonesia Flyer. Proton Edar Indonesia. 
  11. ^ "Proton Savvy among top 10 cars in Thailand". 2009-01-14. Archived from the original on 2009-01-25. Retrieved 2009-08-29.