Late last month, Malaysia's Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd (Proton) unveiled its first engine at the Group Lotus factory in the UK. It was developed by Proton and Lotus. A Proton spokesman says it will take two years before the engine can go into mass production but will then save Proton 25% over the cost of outsourcing the engine. This will enable Proton to better compete once trade barriers are brought down, says the spokesman. Lotus — the UK sports car company, in which Proton ...

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