The much-rumoured ‘Proton Iriz’ name has just been registered with the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) on August 15, pretty much confirming that the upcoming Proton P2-30A Global Small Car (GSC), or more recently known as the Proton Compact Car (PCC), will wear such a moniker.

As we now know, the B-segment five-door hatchback – to go directly against the popular Perodua Myvi, not the new A-segment Axia – will be offered with a choice of new 1.3 and 1.6 litre VVT engines when it goes on sale. With ABS, ESC stability control and six airbags, it’ll be a safe car too, with five-star ASEAN NCAP and ANCAP crash test ratings.

What is a real surprise, however, is that reader Ooi tipped us of two name filings by the first national carmaker, with the other being ‘Proton Aero’. What the Aero will be remains to be seen. It could be the name of Proton’s next model after the Iriz hatchback, or even a future concept car. Your guess is as good as ours, at this point in time.

So, Proton Iriz and Proton Aero. Just nice, overly fancy, or too un-Proton? Let your thoughts of the new names be heard in the comments below.