The Proton Exora, which first drove into the hearts of Malaysians on April 15, 2009, has officially ended its production journey after a long 14-year run.
This iconic MPV, which has witnessed the ebb and flow of the nation’s automotive tides, has rolled out its last unit, prompting an emotional outpour from netizens.
It went through various facelifts, three different sets of Proton logos, and its price ranged from RM56,888 to RM88,998 over the years, according to Paultan.
Its safety features were commendable too, bagging a four-star Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) crash safety rating in 2013.
The Exora also pushed boundaries in innovation. It birthed Proton’s Range Extender Electric prototype in 2010 and served as the platform for other concepts, including the Lekiu SUV and the Pick-up Concept.
It even showcased its autonomous capabilities in Putrajaya in 2019.
As the news broke of its retirement, with over 196,583 units made since its inception, the internet was abuzz with emotion.
Bye bye Exora!
One netizen sentimentally shared: “Last unit of Proton Exora, 14 years since its launch on April 15, 2009. Goodbye Proton Exora!!! 👋 Truly an MPV.”
Netizens took a trip down memory lane in the comments.
While one joked about keeping the car as an investment and selling it for RM500k in a decade, another proudly stated their six-year ownership experience, highlighting no major issues and its affordability.
The car’s impressive air-conditioning, reliability, and value as an MPV were common themes echoing throughout the comments.