Our Man In ASEAN

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



ANALYSIS: The 35th International Bangkok Motor Show 26 Mar 2014

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.


ANALYSIS: Malaysia's revised National Automotive Policy 21 Feb 2014

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: Top five sold 8.61m vehicles in 2013 7 Jan 2014

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.


ANALYSIS: Tan Chong steps up regional expansion in SE Asia 19 Dec 2013

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.


ANALYSIS: Thailand’s Eco-Car programme “Mark 2” 3 Dec 2013

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.


ANALYSIS: ASEAN vehicle market turns down in Q3 22 Oct 2013

New vehicle sales in the ASEAN region of south-east Asia declined in the third quarter according to exclusive analysis produced for just-auto. A sharp drop in sales in Thailand was mainly responsible for the Q3 reversal. Nevertheless, sales for the first nine months remain ahead of last year.


ANALYSIS: Slow progress for Indonesia’s small car programme 28 Aug 2013

Indonesia's government announced broad plans for a small-car incentive programme in 2010. Progress has been slow, but a number of manufacturers are now participating in the Indonesian scheme. Tony Pugliese reviews progress to date.


ANALYSIS: H1 ASEAN sales rise 16% 26 Jul 2013

New vehicle sales in the ASEAN region’s six main markets grew by just 4.9% to 888,240 units in the second quarter of 2013, from 847,105 units a year earlier, according to data compiled by AsiaMotorBusiness.com from various industry sources.


BANGKOK SHOW: Domestic economy rebound boosts sales to record 27 Mar 2013

The 34th Bangkok International Motor Show got under way with a press preview on 26 March against a backdrop of record domestic sales in the country - driven by a domestic economy rebounding strongly from the devastating floods at the end of 2011.


THAILAND: Mitsubishi to expand Thai operations 13 Feb 2013

Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) plans to invest THB1bn (USD33.6m) to increase production capacity of its Mirage small car to 200,000 units this year in response to strong domestic and overseas demand.


January 2013 management briefing: World markets (2) 28 Jan 2013

In this month's management briefing we review the latest developments and prospects for demand in the world's major vehicle markets. This instalment takes a look at the ASEAN markets of south-east Asia.


ANALYSIS: ASEAN sales up 27% in Q3 25 Oct 2012

New vehicle sales in the ASEAN region’s six largest markets increased by over 27% to 918,216 units in the third quarter of 2012, from 721,543 units in the same period of last year, writes Tony Pugliese.


ANALYSIS: ASEAN sales jump 40% in Q2 26 Jul 2012

New vehicle sales in the ASEAN region’s six largest markets increased by over 40% to 834,421 units in the second quarter of 2012, from 590,529 units a year earlier, with the top two markets accounting for most of the growth.


ANALYSIS: ASEAN sales rise by 5% in Q1 26 Apr 2012

New vehicle sales in the ASEAN region’s six largest markets increased by 5% to 733,090 units in the first quarter of 2012, due primarily to strong growth in the region’s two main markets – Thailand and Indonesia.


ANALYSIS: ASEAN sales up by 3.8% in 2011 24 Jan 2012

New vehicle sales in the ASEAN region’s six largest markets fell by 15.4% to 584,790 units in the fourth quarter of 2011, from 691,517 units a year earlier, writes Tony Pugliese.


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