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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.

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.

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Thailand brings forward Euro 5 for diesel

14 Feb 2019 | 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 | 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 | 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).

Thai sales rise 21% in November

19 Dec 2018 | Staff reporter

Thailand's new vehicle market continued to grow strongly in November, with sales rising by 21.2% to 94,643 units from 78,082 units in the same month of last year, according to data compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Draxlmaier to produce EV batteries for BMW in Thailand

3 Dec 2018 | Staff reporter

BMW is collaborating with component supplier Draxlmaier Group for the production of high-voltage electric/hybrid vehicle batteries in Thailand.

BMW Group Thailand to begin high-voltage battery production from 2019

30 Nov 2018 | Dave Leggett

BMW Group Thailand is to start local high voltage battery production – which comprises production of the battery modules and the battery itself – from 2019 onward at a new production facility located in WHA Chonburi Industrial Estate 2.

China’s JGST to build US$300m tyre plant in Thailand

29 Nov 2018 | Staff reporter

Chinese tyre maker Jiangsu General Science Technology Company (JGST) plans to build a US$300m tyre plant in Thailand's Rayong Industrial Zone.

Thai sales rise 27% in October

22 Nov 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Thailand’s new vehicle market continued to grow strongly in October, with sales rising by 26.8% to 86,931 units from 68,551 units in the same month of last year, according to data compiled by the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

Thailand approves Mazda’s hybrid production

16 Nov 2018 | Staff reporter

The Thai government this week approved Mazda Motor’s application for tax incentives to produce plug-in hybrid vehicles in the country, according to local reports.

Mitsubishi to invest in local parts sourcing in Vietnam

13 Nov 2018 | Staff reporter

Mitsubishi Motors plans to expand its operations in Vietnam, as it looks to increase its exposure to one of Asia's most promising developing markets, according to reports in the region.

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