Published on June 11th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair0
The Official Opening of PROTON’s 3S Showroom in Chile
At the launch of the Proton Prevé in Santiago, Chile on 28 May 2016, PROTON Holdings Berhad (“PROTON” or “the Company”) officially opened its first 3S showroom with Andes Motor, PROTON’s exclusive distributor in Chile. The 3S outlet, located in Irarrazaval, Santiago, 15 minutes away from the city centre, was officiated by Encik Mohd Khalid Yusof, Director of Transformation and Head of International Sales of PROTON, together with Mr Jorge Greene Diaz, General Manager of Andes Motor and Mr Maximilliano Sfeir, Business Manager of PROTON; witnessed by His Excellency Dato’ Dr. Mohamad Rameez, Malaysian Ambassador to Chile.
The 3S centre is managed by Andes Motor, a subsidiary of the Kaufmann Group, a leading distributor of buses, trucks and luxury cars in Chile with a vast network to provide proven sales and after sales services.
In Santiago itself, there are five other 1S outlets located within the Oeste Plaza Mall, Ayr, Technocid, Technosur and Antivero. Apart from Santiago, other outlets are in Sucursal Pajaritos, Las Parcelas, Quilicura, San Bernado and Vespucio. The network is expected to grow with the addition of left-hand drive Exora and Saga models in the near future.
Pursuant to the showroom opening on the same day, the Proton Prevé was launched in Plaza Oeste, one of Santiago’s popular malls. The encouraging response at the launch, saw 1,000 people gathered to witness the lucky draw that granted one winner the chance to drive home a brand new Proton Prevé out of 2,000 entries received. His Excellency Dato’ Dr Mohamad Rameez and Cik Ezzwani Ahmad, Trade Commissioner of MATRADE in Chile were also present to witness the event.
As reported in March 2016, PROTON announced that the start of sales for the Prevé in Chile is targeted to be in May 2016 followed by the Exora and Saga in November 2016. Currently, the models that will be available for the Chilean market are the Prevé 1.6 Standard MT, Prevé 1.6 Executive MT and Prevé 1.6 Premium CVT.
In tandem with efforts to promote Proton products in Chile, PROTON also handed over a Proton Exora to the Malaysian Embassy to help promote Malaysia in this Latin American country. HE Dato’ Dr Mohamad Rameez graciously received the MPV on behalf of the Embassy at the Irarrazaval showroom after its officiation.