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Thailand becoming production hub for heavy trucks

4 Mar 2019 | editorial team

Thailand is fast becoming a major SE Asia production hub for medium and heavy commercial vehicles, with Scania the latest global manufacturer to set up a regional production and R&D centre in the country.

Incentives help establish Thai plug-in hybrid industry - ANALYSIS

29 Nov 2018 | Staff reporter

The Thai government is expected to announce an overhaul of its Eco-Car programme in the coming weeks, as it looks to exploit growth opportunities in new segments of the automotive industry. It is looking, once again, to steal a march in its neighbours - this time by targeting regional opportunities for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.

Thailand’s Bangkok International Motor Show 2016

23 Mar 2016 | Staff reporter

The 37th Bangkok International Motor Show got underway this week at the "Impact" exhibition centre near the old Don Muaeng airport on the outskirts of Bangkok. Tony Pugliese reports for just-auto

ANALYSIS: Thailand looks to end first-time buyer overhang

6 Oct 2015 | Staff reporter

Thailand’s military government is desperate to draw a line under the first-time car buyer programme, a populist scheme which ran between October 2011 and December 2012 and which still has a significant indirect influence on the local vehicle market, writes Tony Pugliese

ANALYSIS: Thailand targets EVs for future growth

6 Jul 2015 | Staff reporter

The Thai government has identified electric vehicles (EVs) as the next growth segment for its automotive industry and looks to be in the process of developing a comprehensive strategy to attract investment in this sector.

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Thai market decline steepens in August

18 Sep 2019 | editorial team

Thailand's new vehicle market declined for a third straight month in August, by 6.9% to 80,838 units from strong year earlier sales of 86,814 units, according to wholesale data compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

BMW, Draexlmaier, open Thai PHEV battery assembly plant

11 Sep 2019 | Graeme Roberts

BMW Group Thailand has officially opened a high voltage battery factory in partnership with the Draexlmaier Group, a supplier to the automaker since 1966.

Teijin starts Thailand resin compound plant

11 Sep 2019 | Simon Warburton

Teijin has started operations of its compound plant and technical centre in Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate, Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Thai vehicle market down slightly in July

23 Aug 2019 | editorial team

Thailand’s new vehicle market declined for a second straight month in July, albeit by just 1.1% to 81,044 units from strong year-earlier sales of 81,946 units, according to wholesale data compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

SAIC Motor enters Thai pickup market with MG Extender

8 Aug 2019 | editorial team

China's SAIC Motor entered the Thai pickup segment this week with the launch of its locally-made MG Extender.

MMC exports 4m - and counting - vehicles from Thailand

31 Jul 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) passed the milestone of exporting 4m vehicles from Thailand, and held a ceremony at Laem Chabang, Chonburi Province.

Mitsubishi to produce PHEVs in Thailand in fiscal 2020/21

29 Jul 2019 | editorial team

Mitsubishi Motors confirmed plans to begin production of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) in Thailand in the next fiscal year ending in March 2021, according to local reports.

Thai market declines in June

19 Jul 2019 | editorial team

Thailand's new vehicle market declined in June 2019 for the first time since early 2017, by 2.1% to 86,048 units from 87,854 units in the same month last year, according to wholesale data compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Peugeot appoints new distributor for Thailand

18 Jul 2019 | editorial team

PSA Group has appointed Master Group Corporation Asia (MGC) as the sole authorised importer and distributor of Peugeot brand vehicles in Thailand.

Energy Absolute invests in Thai EV battery sector

9 Jul 2019 | editorial team

Thai energy company Energy Absolute plans to build a lithium-ion battery plant to cater for what it foresees as a fast growing market for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and energy storage products in the country.

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