The Bangkok Post reports that Ford's UK-based SUV specialist, Land Rover, could be close to setting up a local assembly base for its Defender model. The newspaper suggests that the decision hangs on a 'revamp of excise tax regulations' so that they are 'favourable to local assembly'. The article says that sources at Land Rover revealed that Land Rover plans overseas assembly in just three countries - South Africa, Brazil and 'probably Thailand' - a major pick-up production hub.