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TMR Team | Feb, 26 2013 | 3 Comments

Proton's new Prevé small car has landed a top-shelf safety score with the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), a first for the Malaysian brand.

Already on sale in Australia from a competitive $18,990 drive-away, the 5-Star safety score will likely go a long way to bolstering the Prevé's appeal.

"This is the first 5 star ANCAP safety rating for Proton - a testament to the commitment of Proton senior management and its engineers to incorporate high levels of safety into their new vehicles," ANCAP Chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said.

"Proton hasn't let the previous poor results for its vehicles hold it back, rather they've used this as incentive to strive for the top safety rating for the Prevé."

ANCAP's crash test report shows that the Prevé offered "acceptable" chest and leg protection in a collision - the minimum required for a top score - along with "good" protection in the program's side pole test.

Among the small Proton's standard safety features are dual frontal, side chest and side curtain airbags, along with antilock brakes, electronic stability control and electronic brakeforce distribution.

Seatbelt reminders are fitted to both front seats, and there is also anti-whiplash front headrests and reverse parking sensors.

Other standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, iPod compatibility and a trip computer.

Proton's small sedan also comes standard with 5 years / 75,000 free servicing, 5 years / 150,000km warranty and roadside assistance.

The Prevé is offered with manual and CVT automatic transmissions, with all models powered by an 80kW/150Nm 1.6 litre petrol engine.

Fuel consumption is listed at 7.2 l/100km in manual form, and 8.0 for the auto.

For now, only the GX entry-level model is available - $18,990 manual and $20,990 auto - but a higher-grade variant will join the range in the coming months.

Watch for TMR's Prevé review.

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