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Malaysian automaker teams up with Iranian, Turkish interests on ``Islamic car''

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Malaysian national carmaker Proton says it plans to team up with companies in Iran and Turkey to produce ``Islamic cars'' for the global market.

The proposal for the Islamic car came from Iran.

Proton executive Syed Zainal Abidin says the cars will have a compass to determine the direction of Mecca for prayers and compartments for storing the Qur'an and headscarves.

State-owned Proton is aggressively seeking to raise exports and boost sales after its domestic market share fell to 23 per cent, from about 60 per cent five years ago.

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