Chinese Driver Crashes In Giant Failed Loop-the-Loop Attempt

Any kid who had Hot Wheels or Matchbox car tracks as a kid knows that cars only make it safely through the loop-the-loop about one time out of ten. Definitely worth yelling for your brother to show him when it happens, then never being able to duplicate it. Sadly, the promoters of this Proton/Lotus driving exhibition… » 5/08/12 12:30pm 5/08/12 12:30pm

The Proton Jumbuck: A Ute For The Everyman

Aussie Envy Day at Jalopnik continues. We've brought you the R3 Satria, the FPV GT and the 2008 Ford FG Falcons. And while most of these cars are drool-worthy, not everyone can afford to shell out that kind of cash. For the Ute-lover on a budget there's the Malaysian built Proton Jumbuck, which can be had for slightly… » 2/18/08 5:45pm 2/18/08 5:45pm

Proton R3 Satria Mixes Malaysian Style With Lotus Tuning For Aussie Buyers

In addition to building a car for the Islamic world, Malaysian car company Proton also builds a number of cars for the Australian market, including the popular Satria GTi. As a way of previewing the next GTi, Proton will be showing off the R3 Satria, which was tuned with the help of Proton's motorsports arm. If you're… » 2/18/08 12:45pm 2/18/08 12:45pm

Automotive Inbreeding In Action: Europestar RCR

Reader Franzouse has pulled our coats about this fine automobile from those Malaysian maniacs at Proton. Introducing the Europestar Lotus RCR! It's based on the Gen-2, with a bunch of Lotus poured into the mix to confuse matters; the RCR will be assembed- and presumably sold- in China and gets a mighty 112-horse… » 12/19/07 3:30pm 12/19/07 3:30pm

Two China-Built Lotus Models in the Offing

While protons may be absolutely essential subatomic bits of your joe-schmoe lotus, who knew that Proton was planning to diversify and outsource its Hethel acquisition's creations? But Malaysia's Proton is doing just that, giving China's Jinhua Neoplan the go-ahead to build two Lotus models, which may be the Europa and… » 8/08/07 10:00pm 8/08/07 10:00pm

Inside Line Questions the New Europa's Blackness, Er, Lotusness

What happens when Lotus develops a Proton exotic and then has it handed back to itself? The answer, unfortunately, is not Tesla. Nor is it Exige. Or Elise. Or even submarine Esprit. If the Inside Line-types ensconced in the Edmunds compound are to be believed, the new Europa S fits into a no-man's land that isn't… » 10/17/06 9:00am 10/17/06 9:00am

Simplicate, Add Lightness, Save Money, Get Comfy: New Lotus Seats

The 2006 Lotus Elise and Exige feature a new seat design that saves weight, corrects posture and costs less than earlier designs. ProBax, a concept patented by a prostheticist, worked with Colin Chapman's wacky kids to come up with a seat that dispenses with lumbar mechanisms, thus lightening the seat. And you know… » 5/19/06 3:06am 5/19/06 3:06am