The Proton Saga is a series of subcompact cars produced by Malaysian automobile manufacturer Proton. The Proton Saga is widely credited as the first Malaysian car. It is Proton’s flagship model and the company’s longest running nameplate, having been produced for over 31 years.
The first generation Proton Saga was developed as the result of a joint venture between HICOM and Mitsubishi Motors. It is based on the 1983 Lancer Fiore sedan, and was available in 4-door saloon and 5-door hatchback guises.
The second generation Proton Saga was unveiled on 18 January 2008. It is based on a stretched Proton Savvy platform and was developed in-house by Proton.
The third generation Proton Saga was launched on 28 September 2016. It is based on the outgoing Saga FLX platform, and is powered by the Iriz’s 1.3-litre VVT engine.
The Proton Saga is best known to have been named after the tiny red seed of the Saga tree (Adenanthera pavonina). It is also a well-known national symbol of Malaysia.