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Proton X50 Production Not Affected by COVID-19, but Launch Delayed

Since the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) came into effect last week for Selangor, KL, and Putrajaya, many were worried that the release of the Proton X50 will be delayed. Well, while the official launch is indeed moved back, production of the highly anticipated B-segment SUV in still ongoing.

This bit of news came from Funtasticko. Citing a source familiar with the matter, the site mentioned that the X50’s local launch has been postponed to a later date due to CMCO. Besides that, it was also pushed back as the Prime Minister (who was likely set to officiate the event) was still under home quarantine, though that’s no longer the case now.

But even though the official launch of the X50 has been delayed, Funtasticko’s source said that production of the SUV at the national carmaker’s Tanjung Malim plant in Perak is unaffected. In fact, Proton is supposedly producing as many units of the X50 as possible to reduce the waiting period.

After all, over 20,000 bookings for the X50 were made in only two weeks. While it’s unlikely everyone who placed a booking for the SUV will get it this year – many are hoping to take advantage of the 100% sales tax exemption for locally assembled (CKD) cars in 2020 – Proton is evidently doing its best to meet consumer demand.

As for exactly when the Proton X50 will be officially launched, it’s likely happening after CMCO is lifted on 27 October, assuming it won’t be extended. Until then, check out our other coverage of the X50.