Proton Gen-2 Ecologic

From Proton press: Proton has expanded its GEN-2 range with the addition of three dual fuel models able to run on either petrol or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), offering customer’s considerable savings as a result. The new Protons are also the first to carry the company’s new ecoLogic branding reflecting their reduced environmental impact.

There is nothing complicated about dual fuel operation. The ecoLogic model starts on petrol and switches automatically to LPG once it becomes most efficient to do so, usually after about 20 seconds. The GEN-2’s high quality LPG system is supplied to Proton by the respected Dutch company XLR8 and makes use of the very latest engine management technology.

Like all GEN-2 models, they also benefit from considerable input from sister company Lotus, and the range is designed for both performance and functionality. The 1.6-litre 16v CamPro engine delivers competitive output and acceleration characteristics, while the Lotus-tuned suspension also offers superb driver control. But the Lotus influence is also evident in the overall look and feel of the car both in terms of the interior and exterior.

The GEN-2 ecoLogic models are equipped with a sequential injection system in which the LPG is injected into the intake manifold in vapour form, and there is almost no difference in performance, while we expect exhaust emissions will be significantly improved.

Typically, LPG produces significantly less carbon monoxide, particulates and oxides of nitrogen and a 15 to 20 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide compared to petrol. Compared to a diesel engine without a DPF, the reduction in particulate emissions is even more pronounced.

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