Our Man In ASEAN
By: Tony Pugliese
Jakarta-based Tony Pugliese's regular updates, news and analysis from the ASEAN countries of south-east Asia
The automotive industry itself is more focused on developing Thailand and also Indonesia as low-cost global production bases. More so now in the wake of new trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), signed in October between 12 Pacific Rim countries including the USA, Japan and ten other Asian and South American countries.
Thailand’s military government is desperate to draw a line under the first-time car buyer programme, a populist scheme which ran between October 2011 and December 2012 and which still has a significant indirect influence on the local vehicle market, writes Tony Pugliese
New vehicle sales in southeast Asia's deteriorated significantly in the second quarter, according to data collected exclusively for just-auto by AsiaMotorBusiness.
After a bumper 2014 in Asia-Pacific, buoyed by growth in China's car market, Tony Pugliese considers the outlook for markets in the region in 2015.
Indonesia is an ASEAN market with plenty of growth potential. However, Tony Pugliese notes that it has hit some bumps in the road as fuel prices have soared.
China's ongoing investigation into anti-competitive practices in the country's automotive industry has picked up momentum in recent weeks, with some of the biggest companies in global automotive industry accused of abusing their market position.
New vehicle sales in the ASEAN region's six main markets continued to decline in the second quarter, by 6.7% to 811,461 units, according to data compiled by Tony Pugliese from various industry sources.
Domestic sales among South Korea's five main automakers increased by 7.7% to 121,221 units in June, from 112,595 units sold in the same month of last year, according to data released by the country's mainstream vehicle manufacturers.
Malaysia’s first national car company, Proton - now in the custody of local privately-owned DRB-Hicom - continues to struggle to find its place in an increasingly competitive and open-boarder car world. Tony Pugliese considers the issues facing the company.
New vehicle sales in the ASEAN region's six main markets declined by close to 15% to 804,522 units in the first quarter of 2014, from 941,754 units a year earlier, according to data compiled exclusively for just-auto by Tony Pugliese.
The 35th Bangkok International Motor Show got underway this week in a much more somber mood than last year. just-auto's ASEAN markets specialist, Tony Pugliese, was there to take the Thai auto industry's temperature and walk the halls.
The Malaysian government announced a second update to its National Automotive Policy (NAP) in January. Tony Pugliese provides an assessment of a policy that looks ambitious.
South Korea's top five vehicle manufacturers sold a combined 8,605,654 vehicles globally in 2013, which represents a 5% increase compared with 8,198,295 units sold in 2012, according to data released individually by the vehicle manufacturers.
Malaysia's Tan Chong group has stepped up its efforts in the last few years to expand its regional footprint and cement its position as one of South-east Asia's largest independent pan-regional vehicle distributors.
The Thai government launched “phase two” of its “eco-car” programme in October 2013, after it received final approval from its Board of Investment (BOI) in August. Tony Pugliese reviews Thailand's incentives and the resultant boost to the country's automotive sector.
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