Honda Motor launched the Indonesian-made Freed small MPV in Thailand on Wednesday, taking on the Toyota Avanza which has been on the market for five years and is also produced in Indonesia.

The vehicle will be displayed at next month's Bangkok Motor Show.

The vehicle is powered by a 1.5L engine and is priced at between THB 894,500 and THB 1.074 million, depending on equipment level. Prices are based on next-year's expected zero import tariffs.

The more basic Avanza is a rear-wheel-drive model based on a commercial vehicle chassis, and is much cheaper at between THB 570,000 -740,000.

Tony Pugliese