Proton Impian

The Proton Waja, launched internationally in 2000, was a close relative of the Mitsubishi Carisma but with Proton’s own styling and a more obvious policy of building down to a price.

Sold in the UK from 2001 as the Impian (the Malay word for ‘dream’), its principle appeal here was that it was very cheap. In response to the question, “Should I buy one?” after a 2006 update, we wrote, “Almost definitely not,” but added, “If sticker price is important to you, that’s something to think about at least.”