The time has come: manufacturing of the Proton Exora has come to an finish right now, as revealed by a photograph popping out of the nationwide carmaker’s Medium Quantity Manufacturing facility (MVF) bearing the phrases 14 years, Final MPV Exora, #196583, 18/10/23 and TQ Proton. What a run for the nation’s first homegrown MPV (the Juara and Perodua Rusa have been rebadged vans).
Developed underneath the codename P6-20A and named by way of a public competitors (not with out its personal controversy, no much less), the Exora was first launched manner again in April 2009. So sure, it has been a protracted 14 years for the MPV, and it’s now lastly being retired after a manufacturing run of 196,583 models. That’s greater than sufficient to take Malaysia’s C-segment MPV gross sales crown 12 months after 12 months after 12 months.
The Exora has gone by way of numerous updates and alterations by way of its lifetime. Its cheapest-ever kind was the RM56,888 Normal MT from 2015, whereas it topped out at RM88,998 for the six-seater Exora Prime in 2011 (now this one had captain seats 12 years earlier than the X90!). Presently sporting its third totally different set of Proton logos, the 2023 Exora is priced between RM62,800 and RM69,800.
Initially launched with a relatively weak naturally-aspirated CamPro CPS engine for its appreciable weight, the Exora turned the very first Proton to function a turbocharged engine with the CamPro Charged Gas Effectivity (CFE) launched within the Exora Daring in 2011. Talking of, the CFE additionally noticed its lengthy manufacturing run come to an finish simply final week.
Prospects endured a love/hate relationship with the turbocharged engine, particularly with its thirst for gasoline and seemingly endless oil cooler hose (OCH) points. The latter was formally recalled in 2016, although its issues persevered by way of a number of revisions even as just lately as 2022.
On a happier word, the Exora was awarded a four-star Australasian New Automotive Evaluation Program (ANCAP) crash security ranking in 2013. Broadly thought to be a much more stringent check than the native ASEAN NCAP, the consequence was actually spectacular for its time.
The Exora additionally spawned Proton’s Vary Extender Electrical prototype in 2010, whereas its platform was used to underpin 2010’s Lekiu SUV Idea and the Choose-up Idea in 2015. The 12 months 2019 even noticed an autonomous-driving Exora being showcased in Putrajaya. Now, the MPV is actually residing as much as its multi-purpose moniker, getting used as a cellular EV charging van by Gentari.
Clearly, by way of many ups and downs, the Proton Exora has had a protracted and fruitful life. Take a bow, Exora, and luxuriate in retirement – you positively deserve some relaxation.
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