Malaysian manufacturer Proton has announced that it will build an ´Islamic car´ for Muslim
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The state-owned manufacturer will partner with manufacturers in Iran and Turkey to create the vehicle, which may
feature a compass pointing to Mecca and dedicated cubby holes for a headscarf and copy of the Qur´an, according to
Proton´s managing director Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir.
The initiative is thought to have originated in Iran.
Proton believes it has spotted a niche that could reverse the budget manufacturer´s recent fortunes.
Proton, which owns Lotus, has suffered from Malaysia´s relaxation of foreign-car imports and is seeking a global
partnership with another manufacturer. Volkswagen was understood to be interested in purchasing Proton earlier
Jeremy Clarkson is said to be writing a series of risque jokes for next week´s Top Gear news segment.