The Honda Brio and Mobilio have been spotted in Malaysia, together. This pic was sent in by reader Muhd Izat Hadi, who said he saw the cars this morning at the Sungai Buloh R&R area.

Now, the first line of thought for most is that these Hondas are coming to Malaysia. But that’s not happening – the Brio has been around for some time in Thailand and Indonesia, but it’s harder to make a case for a budget car with a foreign badge here, especially when it has to be very cheap to fight Perodua’s offerings.

B2640A trade plate on Brio belongs to Proton, which has been seen testing a white Brio before

To confirm that it’s not Honda Malaysia, we looked into our spyshot archive and found the trade plate number B2640A on a pre-production Proton Iriz test mule. In fact, Proton has been snapped testing a Brio before and this could be the same white unit.

As to why Proton is testing the Brio now, your guess is as good as ours. The national carmaker is currently working with Suzuki, and the first joint product will be a compact car, so the Brio could be a reference point.

The Mobilio? A budget MPV could be in the works. Suzuki has a Mobilio and Avanza fighter called the Ertiga – could that be part of Proton’s plans as well? Both the Brio and Mobilio share the same platform, and Proton could even be studying platform sharing.