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Malaysia seems to like keeping cars around for a long time.

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This is a 2005 Proton Saga LMST. The Saga LMST was introduced in 2003 and made until 2008. That doesn’t sound that weird, until you realise that it’s actually basically just a bodykit slapped onto a first gen Saga, a car that was introduced all the way back in 1985.

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You can actually go back even farther, because the first gen Saga was based off the Mitsubishi Lancer Fiore, introduced in 1983.

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The Saga wasn’t the only case of the Malaysian car industry doing this though. There was also the Perodua Kancil (known overseas as the Nippa).

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The Kancil was sold from 1994 to 2009, with only a few minor revisions. It was based off the 3rd gen Daihatsu Mira, which was introduced in 1990.

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Then there was the 2002-2010 Jumbuck, a coupe utility that was based off the Proton Wira, which was based off the fourth gen Mitsubishi Lancer/Mirage/Eagle Summit. This wasn’t even only sold in Malaysia. In fact, it’s the only Proton to actually fare better in export markets (mainly Australia, because no shit).

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