Suzuki says it will build a 100,000-unit capacity plant in Thailand. It is planned the plant will start production in the summer of 2010.

Reuters reported that the factory, to be located in the eastern province of Rayong, will build fuel-efficient cars being promoted by the Thai government to attract investment in export-oriented factories for small cars.

Bangkok this year revived the so-called 'eco car' project, offering tax breaks, duty exemptions and other incentives if manufacturers invested a minimum 5 billion baht and produce 100,000 vehicles annually by the fifth year of operations.

At full capacity, Suzuki's new factory would have about 1,200 employees, it said in a statement.

It plans to produce 5,000 cars in the first year, a spokesman told Reuters.

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