It was a pretty strange experience to be overseas, attending the launch of a new car, and to read in the local paper that there’s chance of civil war.

But that, I suppose, is the way things are going to be as the auto industry takes globalisation to its logical conclusion.

Nissan Micra in Thailand

Read Autocar's first drive review of the Nissan Micra

Last time a Nissan Micra was launched, it was being made in Sunderland. This time around the first factory to begin making the Micra was in Thailand. So I embarked on a journey from Battersea to Phuket that took twenty hours door to door.

The Micra will also be built at factories in China, India and Mexico as Nissan attempts to push into 160 global markets and exploit the boom for affordable small cars.