Summary Box: Malaysia Proton launches sleek sedan

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Posted: Apr 17, 2012 12:49 PM
Summary Box: Malaysia Proton launches sleek sedan

PIMP THAT RIDE: Malaysia's national carmaker Proton launched a sleek new sedan that it hopes will pimp its faded brand and boost overseas sales.

UNDER THE HOOD: The 1.6-litre Preve (pray-vay) is Proton's first car with a turbocharged engine that delivers power and torque similar to that of a 2-liter car. It will sell for between $19,600 and $23,830. Proton aims to export the car to Indonesia and Thailand in three months.

CROWDED ROAD: Analysts were cautious about the new car, citing competition from well-established, bigger foreign rivals like Japan's Toyota Motor Corp.