I went to Proton Technology Week on last Saturday, 2nd August 2008 at Shah Alam. Proton manufacturing plant was located at Seksyen 26. Since I’m not familiar with Shah Alam, I’ve lost and keep looking for an hour. On Saturday, it open for public from 2pm to 5pm. I arrived at 4.30pm and I have about 30 minutes to explore the exhibition.
So, I rushed to the shuttle bus which will carry us to the R&D department. I have been to the assembly factory during my school trip. This time, I want to have a look at the design and engineering as they have mentioned in the promotion.
I impressed by the welcoming hologram video at the entrance. I wonder if it is the same that Bill Gates used on the last conference at KLCC few months ago. Since the time is running out, I walk quickly to the Styling exhibition. I was amazed by the equipments that they have for clay modelling. Besides that, there was a quick rendering demonstration from a designer using Wacom Cyntiq. I’ve added that device in my wishlist.
In addition, Proton will release its first MPV in 2009. They had display the body frame and also an interior prototype model which was placed inside a box. So visitors will have to peek through a tiny hole. No camera is allowed at the MPV section. But I’ve bought a Proton Design black t-shirt which have the silhouette of the MPV on its back. Once my lecturer told me that a car aesthetic beauty lies on its silhouette.
After that, we continued our journey into the engineering and testing section. Since I’m not into engineering, I just have a glimpse and make my way out as most people had already left the building.
It was a fun and interesting event eventhough we only manage to visit the R&D section. There are more activities such as go-kart, test drive and drifting. I believe that one day Proton can become one of the best car maker in the world.
I’ve got one question. Most designer in automotive are known as Styling Designer. So, what is the translation in Malay language? Is it Pereka bentuk Gaya / Penggayaan or else?
For more information, please visit Proton website.