Nissan has begun exporting vehicles from plants in Thailand to Indonesia as part of a plan to make the south-east Asian kingdom its main supplier of vehicles in the region.

Nissan plans to take advantage of the fact that the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) is lowering duties on locally made vehicles to increase shipments in the region of passenger cars and pickup trucks from Thailand, and commercial vehicles from Indonesia.

Nissan aims to ship about 500 vehicles from Thailand to Indonesia this year, increasing this to 1,000 vehicles in 2003, Shipping and Trade News reported.