Mitsuoka Motor Co., Ltd.
Company typePublic company
IndustryAutomobile manufacturing
Founded1 February 1968; 55 years ago (1968-02-01)
Headquarters508-3, Kakeomachi, Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture, Japan
Key people
Akio Mitsuoka, (Representative Director and President)
ProductsAutomobiles, Luxury vehicles
Revenue227,000,000 JPY
29,700,000,000 JPY
Number of employees
580 (As of March, 2008)
Websitemitsuoka-motor.com

Mitsuoka Motor (光岡自動車) is a small Japanese automobile company. It is noted for building unique cars with unconventional styling, of which some are modern while others imitate the look of American, European and particularly British retro cars of the 1950s and 1960s.[1] Mitsuoka Motors is also the principal distributor of the retro-classic TD2000 roadster in Japan.

Mitsuoka is primarily a custom design coachbuilder, customizing production cars, e.g., the Nissan March, and replacing various aspects of the bodywork. It has also produced a sports car, the Orochi,[2] and has a special department for hearses.[3]

History

Mitsuoka was recognised in 1994[4] as the 10th Japanese auto manufacturer to be registered in Japan since Honda in 1963, basing its current cars on Nissans and other Japanese car manufacturers.

Mitsuoka Motor launched in the UK in 2015 under sole distribution of T W White & Sons and launched the Mitsuoka Roadster (Himiko) at the London Motor Show in 2016.[5]

Models

Mitsuoka Le-Seyde first generation (1990-1993)
2005 Mitsuoka Orochi Nude-Top Roadster

Current lineup

Past vehicles

Second generation Ryoga
Second generation Galue

References

  1. ^ Hiroko Tashiro; Ian Rowley (208). "In Japan, a Car Apart from the Pack". Bloomberg Business Week website. Archived from the original on April 9, 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-14.
  2. ^ "Mitsuoka Orochi specs, pricing announced". Autoblog. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  3. ^ "Hearse Manufacturer | Mitsuoka Motor Co., Ltd". Retrieved 2023-09-03.
  4. ^ Brull, Steven; Tribune, International Herald (1994-09-19). "Japan's Newest Automaker". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-10-21.
  5. ^ Watanabe (1 June 2015). "Announcement, on opening the First Dealership in Europe. Launching Himiko in the UK market" (PDF). www.mitsuoka-motor.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Mitsuoka Buddy - a RAV4 with 80s Chevy truck looks - paultan.org". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 2020-11-03. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
  7. ^ "BUBU50 Series". Mitsuoka-motor.com. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  8. ^ "BUBU356 Speedstar". Mitsuoka-motor.com. Archived from the original on 12 May 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Mitsuoka Microcar K-4". Mitsuoka Motor. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Mitsuoka Zero1". Mitsuoka-motor.com. Archived from the original on 16 May 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2018.

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