Xinhua News Agency, citing the Nation newspaper, reports that Toyota plans to spend about 900 million baht ($US21.5 million) to develop Thailand as its regional technical hub, mainly to support its relocation of one-ton pickup truck manufacturing to the kingdom. The report quoted a source of the Thailand Automotive Institute (TAI) as saying that Toyota needs to build a technical centre equipped with testing facilities to support product research and development in Thailand. Like other Japanese car makers, Toyota's basic design is now done in its home country.