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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.

ANALYSIS: Depressed Thai market forces eco-car rethink

26 Mar 2015 | Staff reporter

After a government stimulated market binge in 2012, the Thai vehicle market has been left saturated and has declined sharply since. As output of small cars in other countries of the ASEAN picks up, the OEMs' planning assumptions for manufacturing eco-cars in Thailand are being upset and strategies hastily revised. Tony Pugliese reports.

ANALYSIS: Thailand's auto sector hit by political turmoil

27 May 2014 | Staff reporter

Thailand's constitutional crisis has deepened lately as a long-standing political stalemate has been followed by a military coup. A worsening outlook for Thailand's domestic economy is hitting confidence and is already impacting the automotive sector. Tony Pugliese considers the latest developments and outlook.

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Germans set up in Thailand to support EVs and hybrids

9 Aug 2018 | Staff reporter

German engineering consultancy FEV Group has set up a subsidiary in Thailand, according to local reports, as it looks to support the country's nascent electric/hybrid vehicle industry.

Thailand gives Nissan and Honda incentives to make hybrids

26 Jul 2018 | Staff reporter

The Thai government this week formally agreed to incentivise two major investments in the country's automotive sector, worth a combined THB16.78bn (US$505m), after delays of almost a year.

Thai sales rise 26% in June

18 Jul 2018 | Staff reporter

Thailand's new vehicle market continued to grow strongly in June with sales rising by 25.9% to 87,854 units from 69,797 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Thai sales rise 28% in May

19 Jun 2018 | Staff reporter

Thailand's new vehicle market continued to surge forward in May with sales rising by 27.9% to 84,965 units from 66,422 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Thailand's Ingress signs US$400m of new orders

15 Jun 2018 | Staff reporter

Thai automotive components manufacturer Ingress Industrial Thailand announced it had won major supply contracts worth a combined THB1.3bn (US$400m).

Mitsubishi builds 5m vehicles in Thailand

4 Jun 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation's Thai unit, Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) (MMTh) has now built 5m vehicles at its Laem Chabang factory. The milestone vehicle is a Pajero Sport.

Thai concerns over Vietnam, US import barriers

4 Jun 2018 | Staff reporter

Thailand is calling on Vietnam to improve its customs clearance procedures after cutting import duties on built-up vehicles to zero under the Asean Free Trade Area (AFTA) agreement at the beginning of the year, according to local reports.

Nissan to roll out the Terra PPV in Thailand

30 May 2018 | Staff reporter

Nissan Motor is set to begin production of its new Terra pickup-based passenger vehicle in Thailand, as it looks to strengthen its position in the region.

Thai sales rise 25% in April

22 May 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Thailand’s new vehicle market continued to expand strongly in April, with sales rising by 25.2% to 79,206 units from 63,267 units in the same month of last year, according to data released by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Toyota to produce hybrid batteries in Thailand

11 Apr 2018 | Staff reporter

Toyota Motor announced plans to build a production base in Thailand for battery packs for hybrid vehicles, according to reports in Japan citing company sources.

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