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30 Aug 10 22:24
Proton Exora 1.6 Hi-Line MPV
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The Proton: Ex, Ex, Ex, EX-O-RA!

      PROTON EXORA. There are good car names and not so good car names.
A case in point is the Chevy Nova launched in North America decades ago. In Spanish No-Va means No Go! During the same era in Europe there was the Made in Deutschland Opel Aska. Swedish translation: ashes! Not so cool names. “Ashes and No Go!” And VW Golf was rebranded in North America to Rabbit. What's wrong with golf.

      Now, Proton Exora. Proton makes me think about nuclear physics, the atoms and protons. And Exora is something dynamic maybe exotic? But the name Exora was actually picked from the "Name The Proton MPV competition". The winner was awarded with the first Proton Exora straight off the production line.

      Apart the name, the looks, the design is also important. Proton is perhaps not a automotive beauty contest winner. But a good looking vehicle. Since this Malaysian car was launched 1985 a clear Proton design identity is noticeable. The Carsanook demo came in a sparkling crystal white paint job.
      The vehicle sports a well balanced design. Sleek looks with a long roof line. Sporty, sedan looking nose and those large angular transparent projector headlights. The solid rear view with a roof spoiler and the vertical red high mounted brake light cluster. Also a cool detail, the the LED integrated wing mirrors. Additional safety when making those dangerous right hand turns at dusk or dawn.

      Step inside. Exora's interior is the best part. This is a compact yet roomy people carrier. A seven seater minivan. Our top of the line EXORA 1.6 H-Line (automatic transmission) came with leather suede/upholstery plus all the bells and whistles. Including clever cup holders and storage space. Four adults will travel in great comfort with separate air vents for the second row passengers.
www.protonthailand.comThe third row is a bit tight for adults but perfect for children. The in-car entertainment system is one of the highlights. Multifunction steering wheel with FM and CD controls. All in your hands. Plus a CD/Audio/MP3/WMA and blue-toothh entertainment center including a mini- movie theatre with a DVD 8,5 screen for the rear passengers, plus a remote control.

      In the engine room a bit of Lotus racing technology. The power plant is a 1.6 liter engine pumping out 125 horsepower and 150 Nm torque at 4,500 rpm.

      And for engine noise the Proton engineers have done a good job. The ride almost free from noise, so the passengers can enjoy the latest Jolie & Pitt movie.

On the road. City driving in Bangkok in spite of the length 4,5 meters and the weight 1,4 metric tons the Exora was easy to manoeuvre thanks to the commanding view and the smooth automatic 4 speed gearbox.

On the highway. At the traffic lights. Flat out 0-100 kph. Around 16 seconds (with passengers and luggage).
Safety package includes two front air-bags, ABS, EDB, stability and traction control.
At a cruising speed 100-110 kph the Proton Exora feels steady and
enjoyable to drive. In the back the passengers are watching the latest Hollywood action-shoot-them DVD.

      A mini van for all seasons. A comfy ride, Smooth ride. Luxurious leather seats and a 8 inch screen movies. No more of the “are we there yet?” If want a family a people carrier at a reasonable price
THB 819,000 this mini MPV is a good choice. Trust me.


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