Mitsubishi’s Colt small-car is set to become available in a convertible version after the company signed a deal with coachbuilder Pininfarina to design and develop the car.

Mitsubishi’s Colt small-car is set to become available in a convertible version after the company signed a deal with coachbuilder Pininfarina to design and develop the car.

Derived from the CZ2 Cabriolet concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show last year, the car will go into into production early in 2006. Unlike the concept car though, the production version will be equipped with a folding hard top rather than the traditional soft top shown on the concept.

The contract was signed recently by Tim Tozer, president and chief executive of Mitsubishi Europe, and Andrea Pininfarina, chief executive of Pininfarina. It will be built at the Pininfarini plant in Turin.

Although the convertible will only be offered to European buyers, at the Auto Africa show held in October, Mitsubishi SA head Sascha Gaede announced that the hatchback version would soon be available locally.

Gaede said the existing Colt pick-up offered in South Africa was being prepared for the possible name change, with the Rodeo model name becoming increasingly prominent, in preparation for the small car’s arrival.