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Monday, November 12, 2007

Proton is planning to produce Muslim Car

Proton has come up with an unique idea to boost the sales of Proton cars, that is to produce cars dedicated for Muslim. The car will have a place to store koran and hijab and a compass pointing to Mecca. This is a market segment that no other car manufacturer has tapped into.

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Malaysia's Proton plans to make 'Islamic cars' with Iran, Turkey - International Herald Tribune (2007-11-10)
"The car will have all the Islamic features and should be meant for export purposes. We will identify a car that we can develop to be produced in Malaysia, Iran or Turkey," Syed Zainal said.

Malaysia firm's 'Muslim car' plan - BBC News (2007-11-11)
The Malaysian carmaker Proton has announced plans to develop an "Islamic car", designed for Muslim motorists. Proton is planning on teaming up with manufacturers in Iran and Turkey to create the unique vehicle.

Islamic Cars for the Global Market - The Java Report (2007-11-11)
The compass, kiblat reading apparently points to the direction of Mecca. Regarding a compartment for the Quran and scarves, one would think that the existing glove compartments on cars would suffice since nobody stores gloves in them anymore.

New 'Islamic car' to have compass to find Mecca - AFP (2007-11-11)
Malaysia, Iran and Turkey plan to build an "Islamic car" fitted with a compass to find the direction of Mecca, and a compartment to keep the Koran in, the Malaysian state news agency said.

Islamic Car Coming Down the Pike? - CNSNEWS.COM (2007-11-12)
Coming soon? A car designed for Muslims, complete with a compass to indicate the direction of Mecca for prayers and a compartment to house the Koran and prayer scarves. Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir told the Malaysian Bernama news agency that the proposed model, which the Iranians suggested be called an "Islamic car," could be produced in Malaysia, Iran or Turkey.

Malaysian automaker teams up with Iranian, Turkish interests on "Islamic car" - The Winnipeg Free Press (2007-11-12)
Malaysian national carmaker Proton says it plans to team up with companies in Iran and Turkey to produce "Islamic cars" for the global market.

Automaker pitches 'Islamic car' - CNNMoney.Com (2007-11-13)
A Malaysian automaker plans to offer what it calls an "Islamic car," which will feature a compass to show the direction of Mecca for prayer times. Other planned features include special compartments to hold the Quran and head scarves. Proton, a state-owned automaker in Malaysia that's been losing market share, said it will work with firms in Iran and Turkey to produce the car for the world market. Iran proposed the project, Proton said. Further details about when the car may be rolled out weren't disclosed.

MALAYSIA: Car maker to develop Islamic car - Radio Australia (2007-11-14)
Malaysian car maker Proton looks set to develop the world's first Islamic car, designed specially for Muslims. The company is planning on teaming up with manufacturers in Iran and Turkey to develop the vehicle aimed at the global export market.

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