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Thailand becoming production hub for heavy trucks

4 Mar 2019 | just-auto.com 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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SAIC-Motor to produce EVs in Thailand

16 May 2019 | Graeme Roberts

Chinese carmaker SAIC Motor this month applied for a licence to produce electric vehicles in Thailand, according to local reports.


Foton signs up with new partner in Thailand

3 May 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Chinese automaker Foton Motor Group has agreed to set up a new joint venture with Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group to produce vehicles in Thailand for sales across the ASEAN region.


Thai sales continue to rise in March

23 Apr 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Thailand's new vehicle market expanded by 8.5% to 103,164 units in March 2019 from 95,082 units in the same month last year, according to data compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).


China's Prinx Chengshan to spend US$600m on new Thai tyre plant

3 Apr 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

China's Prinx Chengshan Shandong Tire has begun construction of a new US$600m tyre manufacturing plant in Thailand this week as the company looks to strengthen its overseas sales.


Thai sales rise 9% in February

22 Mar 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Thailand's new vehicle market continued to expand in February, by 9.1% to 82,324 units from 75,466 units in the same month last year, according to data compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).


Thailand to cut excise taxes on local EVs, pickups

6 Mar 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

The Thai government this week agreed to suspend the local excise tax on battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) for a period of three years to help encourage local sales, according to local reports.


Scania opens new plant, regional HQ in Thailand

25 Feb 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Scania AB opened a new THB800m (US$26m) heavy commercial vehicle assembly plant in Thailand at the end of last week, as the Swedish company looks to expand its presence in the regions truck and bus markets.


Thailand brings forward Euro 5 for diesel

14 Feb 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

The Thai government has said it will bring forward its planned introduction of Euro 5 standards for diesel fuel to 2023 from its previous deadline of 2025 in response to recent concerns over air pollution in the country.


Mercedes opens Thai parts distribution centre

14 Feb 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Mercedes-Benz has opened a new parts distribution centre on the outskirts of Bangkok to help improve deliveries of aftermarket parts across Thailand.


Thai sales rise 9% in December, +20% in 2018

23 Jan 2019 | just-auto.com editorial team

Thailand’s new vehicle market expanded by 8.9% to 113,581 units in December 2018 from 104,302 units in the same month of the previous year, according to data compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).



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