Proton Perdana etymology: What does its name mean?

The Proton Perdana is the Malaysian company’s largest and most luxurious sedan, but what does its name mean?


Perdana in Malay means prime, which befits the car’s status as the company’s flagship model.

The original Perdana was launched in 1994, and was based on the Mitsubishi Eterna. In 1998 it got an Alfa Romeo-style facelift, and remained in production until 2010.

In 2015 the Perdana was eventually replaced by a rebadged eighth-generation Honda Accord, but sold only to government agencies and officials. A publicly available version was launched in 2016, and this model, while still sharing the old Accord’s platform, was completely reskinned and had a new interior too.

You can see the differences between the second-generation Perdana and the Accord in our side-by-side comparison.



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Derek Fung

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