Proton Holdings Bhd walked away with three awards at the Asean NCAP Grand Prix Awards 2016.

The Iriz was named the most affordable 5-Star Asean NCAP Car in Malaysia, while the Prevé bagged the most affordable 5-star Asean NCAP Car in Thailand title, NST online reported.

The Saga clinched the Rising Star Award. The awards presentation was held in conjunction with the Stop the Crash Asean 2016 event which was held at Sepang International Circuit from November 29 to 30.

The event was also held in conjunction with Asean NCAP’s fifth anniversary. “We are truly humbled and very pleased with this recognition.

Proton chief executive officer Ahmad Fuaad Kenali said it is a culmination of the tireless efforts by our team in Proton to give the best value to our customers. Proton takes the safety of our customers very seriously and is honoured that our efforts in this area are recognised today

The Iriz and Prevé are equipped with active and passive safety features such as electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), traction control, brake assist, hill-hold assist, two airbags and a seat belt reminder system in all variants.

The cars are also built using Hot Press Forming (HPF), a German technology adopted by Proton.

He added that the latest and more refined 3rd generation Saga, the Premium 1.3L variant, comes equipped with advanced safety features such as ESC, ABS, EBD, traction control, brake assist, hill-hold assist, airbags, ISOFIX and top-tether, with all-round sensors at just RM45,800.

The evolution of the Saga reflects Proton’s determination to improve and refine the legendary sedan from just a 1-star safety rating in 2012 to 3-star in 2013 and recently 4-star when tested this year.

“We could not be more appreciative of the recognition of our hard work and continuous belief in our products and this will further incentivise all of us in Proton to work harder to give better products and services to our customers,” he highlighted.