|Founded||1 February 1968|
|Headquarters||508-3, Kakeomachi, Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture, Japan|
|Akio Mitsuoka, (Representative Director and President)|
|Products||Automobiles, Luxury vehicles|
Number of employees
|580 (As of March, 2008)|
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. 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, and has a special department for hearses.
Mitsuoka was recognised in 1996 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.
- 1993–present Viewt
- 1996–present Galue
- 2008–present Himiko/Roadster
- 2014–present Ryugi (based on the Toyota Corolla Axio and Toyota Corolla Fielder)
- 2021–present Buddy (K5 Blazer inspiration based on the Toyota RAV4)
- 1982 BUBU 50 Series
- 1982 BUBU 501 (a three-wheeled microcar)
- 1985 BUBU 505-C (a Morgan 4/4 inspiration)
- 1989-1990 BUBU 356 Speedstar (a replica of the Porsche 356 Speedster)
- 1987-1989 BUBU Classic SSK (replica of the Mercedes-Benz SSK roadster based on the Volkswagen Beetle)
- 2008-2012 Galue 204 (based on the Toyota Corolla Axio)
- 2010-2012 Galue Classic (based on the Toyota Corolla Axio)
- 1991-1993 Dore (similar to the Le-Seyde, based on the Nissan Silvia S13)
- 1990-1993, 2000-2001 Le-Seyde (a Nissan Silvia-based coupé inspired by Zimmer)
- 2010-2012 Like (based on the Mitsubishi i-MiEV)
- 2012–2022 Like-T3
- 1998-2007 Mitsuoka Microcar
- 2004-2012 Nouera (based on the Honda Accord and later the Toyota Corolla)
- 2007-2014 Orochi (based on the Honda NSX)
- 1996-2004 Ray (styling similar to the Riley Elf Mk.3, based on the Mazda Carol and later the Daihatsu Mira Gino)
- 2018–2022 Rock Star (C2 Corvette inspiration based on the Mazda MX-5)
- 1998-2004 Ryoga a "classically" styled sedan originally based on the Primera and later on the smaller Sunny
- 1996-2000 Type F (a restyled Zero1)
- 2000-2001 Yuga (a London Taxi replica based on the Nissan Cube)
- 1994-2000 Zero1 (a Lotus Super Seven replica with Eunos Roadster drivetrain)
- 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.
- "Mitsuoka Orochi specs, pricing announced". Autoblog. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
- "Hearse Manufacturer | Mitsuoka Motor Co.,Ltd". Retrieved 2023-09-03.
- Watanabe (1 June 2015). "Announcement, on opening the First Dealership in Europe. Launching Himiko in the UK market" (PDF). www.mitsuoka-motor.com. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
- "Mitsuoka Buddy - a RAV4 with 80s Chevy truck looks - paultan.org". Paul Tan's Automotive News. 2020-11-03. Retrieved 2021-03-10.
- "BUBU50 Series". Mitsuoka-motor.com. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
- "BUBU356 Speedstar". Mitsuoka-motor.com. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
- "Mitsuoka Microcar K-4". Mitsuoka Motor. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
- "Mitsuoka Zero1". Mitsuoka-motor.com. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
Media related to Mitsuoka Motor at Wikimedia Commons
- Mitsuoka Motors Japanese website (Japanese)
- Mitsuoka Motors UK website (English)
- Mitsuoka Motors global website (English)