AutoAsia reports that Honda will launch a supermini based on the Fit platform in Thailand by end 2002. The report says that this is part of Honda’s ‘Global Supply Networks’ strategy.

Satoshi Toshida, president and CEO of Bangkok-based Asian Honda, told AutoAsia that Honda’s Thai plant ‘will start production of a new PC based on Honda’s Global Small Platform for the domestic market in the fourth quarter’.

The report adds that Honda engineers are currently developing the future Thai made Fit/Jazz version in Japan and it will be equipped with an advanced i-VTEC powerplant.

Production of the new model is expected to start in Thailand in late summer in time for an October launch.

Honda will export the Thai-made Fit to neighbouring Asean countries as part of its regional supply strategy. That will ease capacity problems in Japan, where the car has been hugely popular.