Japan’s Mitsuoka Motor plans to assemble its Himiko model in Thailand from September 2010, according to a company statement.

The company plans to sell the car across the Asean under the trade block’s preferential tariff system.

The Himiko is a convertible, 1930s retro-styled car. Mitsuoka is currently setting up a joint venture with a Thai partner and expects to make up to 5 units per month.

Mitsuoka is a small volume coach-builder noted for its unconventional designs.

Tony Pugliese

Mitsuoka company website