On 26 February 2019, nine units of Malaysia’s first intelligent SUV the Proton X70 left PROTON’s Centre of Excellence (COE) for an overland journey to China. Organised by Borneo Automobile Leisure Touring and Kunming Scenery-Customer International Travel Co., supported by Proton and the Amazing Trip covered more than 13,000km in 33 days over four countries which are Malaysia, Thailand, Laos and China.
Just three months after its launch the X70 proves its reliability as there were no breakdown reported during the Amazing Trip 2019 and all nine vehicles completed the route without requiring any repairs except for scheduled servicing.
All the participants praised the smooth ride, enthusiastic performance and refined cabin as these characteristics made long days behind the wheel, effortless for the driver and passenger allowing them to better enjoy the journey. Those who drove in the Proton X70 Premium futher praised the Advance Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and the Nappa Leather seats.
Dato’ Wong Kean Hwee, an Amazing Trip 2019 participants said “We were already impressed by the high levels of comfort and refinement the Proton X70 has and after spending 33 days driving over 13,000km on unpredictable roads, I am convinced this is one of the best choices in its class,”.
As the X70 is not yet sold outside of Malaysia, technical assistance was arranged by PROTON at dealers locations and service center along the route when possible. In China, vehicle servicing and support were provided by Geely dealers who are already familiar with the vehicle as the X70 was based on the Bo Yue SUV.
Dr Ling Tung King, Event Director of the Malaysia-China Amazing Trip said, “Through this Amazing Trip 2019, we built strong bonds not only with the Proton X70 owners, but also with PROTON. With this, I would like to thank PROTON for their support as this shows that PROTON really cares for its customers.”
While the trip went through Malaysia, Thailand and Laos, the majority of time was spent in China, where the convoy travelled through various region before reaching the halfway point at Hangzhou where the convoy will turn around and head back to Malaysia. As Hangzhou was the home city for Geely, the group paid a visit to Geely’s headquarters and toured the Geely Experience Centre where the participants had a chance to learn more about PROTON’s join venture partner, their history in vehicle making and also a sneak peak at models that could potentially be Proton.
Dr Li Chunrong also added, “While PROTON is proud of its own capabilities, we are also happy to share more information about our joint-venture partner, Geely, with the participants of the Amazing Trip 2019. We want as many Malaysians as possible to gain an understanding of the relationship between the two companies so that more people will understand about the exciting future for PROTON,”