Proton is Malaysia’s largest car manufacturer, but they offer a dreadful range of cars that get very poor reviews from the experts and have a low wowscore as a result.
It could have been so different, though, because Mitsubishi had a stake in the firm for ages. They could have used their expertise to lift the range and help Proton to establish themselves as a more modern manufacturer, but they didn’t, and the partnership collapsed.
This has left Proton with an outdated range of cars that are outclassed in every area. They drive badly and suffer horrendous depreciation; they might be cheap to buy but they will likely cost you more in the long run. In this price range there are plenty of rivals that offer much better cars. They offer better quality, are cheaper to operate and will not depreciate as fast.