Proton’s upcoming B-segment hatchback has been sighted again, this time in Malaysia. The above spyshot which was posted in the Cari Forums shows two Proton P2-30A Global Small Cars on test in Malaysia.
We first saw the Proton GSC on test in Europe at a supplier’s test track. The car sighted in Europe featured alloy wheels that could preview the alloy wheel design of the future product while this Malaysian car wears steel wheels. Curiously, if you look at the far right side of the photo, you can see a Honda Brio in front of the P2-30A. The Brio has trade plates as well. Does the Brio have anything to do with the P2-30A, or is it just a benchmark car being driven together for comparison? Note that DRB-HICOM briefed research houses earlier this year that it would be embarking on this project on its own and not with a JV partner.
Proton is targeting to launch this new car in the first half of 2014. They also launched a Nama Siapa Hebat contest earlier this year, inviting Malaysians to contribute to the naming process of the new car. The Grand Prize winner will walk away with the Premium variant of the car that he or she helped name.