Teacher sees al­lure in Per­sona

To loyal own­ers, Pro­ton cars are seen as great value for money.

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FOR Ku Mohd Azrie Ku Az­izan, the Pro­ton Per­sona is a great value-for-money deal in terms of price, han­dling and safety fea­tures.

“When it comes to safety, com­pared to the pre­vi­ous mod­els, Pro­ton has re­ally im­proved a lot, es­pe­cially as the com­pany pays more attention to the small­est de­tails to en­sure they build a car that is fun to drive and whilst of­fer­ing af­ford­able safe cars for its cus­tomers, just like my main car, the new Per­sona which I bought in 2017,” said the 28-year-old English lan­guage lec­turer.

He was im­pressed by the Per­sona’s de­sign. “It was like love at first sight. The Per­sona’s de­sign has a modern touch with bold edges around its face, mak­ing it look force­ful and strong,” said Ku Mohd Azrie, who works at a lo­cal com­mu­nity col­lege in Sun­gai Pe­tani, Kedah.

His first ex­pe­ri­ence with a Pro­ton car was in 2010 when he bought a Savvy from a used car deal­er­ship.

Pro­ton cars have added plenty of colour in Ku Mohd Azrie’s life jour­ney.

“My wife is cur­rently driv­ing the first batch of Pro­ton Iriz. The car is not just a ve­hi­cle for us, but a lit­tle more than that. What’s so spe­cial about the car? Well, the Iriz wit­nessed the most mem­o­rable mo­ment of our lives’ jour­ney when I pro­posed to my wife in front of the car,” he re­called fondly.

Ku Mohd Azrie also col­lab­o­rated with some friends to set up Pro­ton car club Provoc in Novem­ber 2016.

His new Per­sona is not only a use­ful work­horse, but has also helped him to con­nect with other Per­sona own­ers.

“As a Pro­ton car en­thu­si­ast, it has al­ways been my dream to gather a group of peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about their cars. To me, a club func­tions as a plat­form to so­cialise and share ideas and views,” said Azrie.

Ku Mohd Azrie added he would like to drive the Suprima S with a man­ual gear­box, if given the chance.

“Pro­ton cars are de­signed for driv­ers, and pro­vide a nice ride and han­dling. Pro­ton has evolved so much in terms of pro­vid­ing good safety fea­tures in their cars.”

Ku Mohd Azrie also said Malaysians want good qual­ity cars with good af­ter-sales ser­vices, and Pro­ton needs to evolve in or­der to change peo­ple’s per­cep­tion.

“I have tested and driven so many cars be­fore, but if you were to com­pare the prices, han­dling and safety fea­tures, noth­ing can beat a Pro­ton,” he said.

Ku Mohd Azrie tak­ing a pic­ture with his wife and his Per­sona. Ku Mohd Azrie says his Per­sona has helped him made new friends.

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