Handling by Lotus – any car with that stamped boldly on its rear should offer decent performance – at least that’s the assumption. The question is, since the companies merged, has Proton taken on the sportiness exuded by Lotus, or has the famous sports car manufacturer adopted some of the discount brands less desirable traits? One way to find out is by sliding behind the wheel of the 2014 Proton Satria Neo, a sharply designed little hatchback that proudly displays the emblem of a certain British car company named after an Asian flower.
Piloting the 2014 Proton Satria Neo, it’s apparent the business arrangement isn’t completely one sided – Proton has definitely picked up some tips from the company it devoured. The steering is direct and to the point, rivalling that of many exotic sports car manufacturers. There isn’t a ton of power on tap, but the hatchback’s precise road manners compensate, keeping [...]