Nine units of Proton's first sport utility vehicle departed from Proton's Centre of Excellence (COE) on an overland journey to China on Feb 26.
Organised by Borneo Automobile Leisure Touring and Kunming Scenery-Customer International Travel Co., the X70 Malaysia-China Amazing Trip 2019 (Amazing Trip 2019) was supported by the local carmaker and covered over 13,000km in 33 days across four countries.
The X70 proved its reliability during the trip and three months after its launch, the ability of the X70 to take on a variety of driving environments and perform faultlessly has been proven by its perfect reliability record during the Amazing Trip 2019.
Proton said there were no breakdowns during the journey that covered four different countries and each of the nine vehicles completed the route without requiring any repairs except for scheduled servicing.
This is despite most of the driving was done over for long distances in areas with little to no outside technical support, so it’s a commendable achievement.
When asked about their experience in the X70, all participants were thankful for the smooth ride, enthusiastic performance and refined cabin that can be found on all variants of the SUV.
These characteristics made long days behind the wheel effortless for drivers and passengers alike and allowed them to better enjoy the journey.
Those who drove the X70 Premium praised the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and features such as the Nappa leather seats that boosted both safety and comfort.
As the X70 is not yet sold outside of Malaysia, technical assistance was arranged by Proton at dealer locations and service centres along the route where possible.
In China, vehicle servicing and support was provided by Geely dealers who were already familiar with the vehicles as it is available there as the Geely Bo Yue.
“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,” said Malaysia-China Amazing Trip event director Dr Ling Tung King.
The trip started in Malaysia and crossed into Thailand and Laos before entering China to make a stop at the Geely Experience Centre in Hangzhou, where the convoy turned around for the trip back to Malaysia.
“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,” said Proton CEO Dr Li Chunrong.