Super GT race all set to blast down Buriram circuit

By Barry Main | September 19, 2014

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High-tech Bt2-billion Chang International Circuit will also host Asian Le Mans, Touring Car Series and Asia Road Racing motorcycle event this year
Thailand’s latest motor racing track, the Chang International Circuit (CIC) in Buriram, will host its first event early next month and will be flagging down a number of other major races in the near future.
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New BMWs hit the road

By Barry Main | September 19, 2014

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BMW has added new models to its line-up in Thailand.
The X4 xDrive20d M Sport and the 420i Gran Coupe M Sport, priced at Bt4.999 million and Bt3.999 million, respectively, were introduced during the BMW Xpo 2014 held last week.
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Volkswagen Microbus 2015 Price and Release Date

By Barry Main | September 19, 2014

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Volkswagen Microbus 2015 is ready to show its new model of microbus until the last 10 years ago VW shows off microbus segment. This car will be built in Europe and would become the competitor of Honda Adyddey, Nissan Quest, and also Toyota Sienna. The final motivation for this New VW Microbus is to maximize the investment in the group MQB “matrix” platform.
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Loxley JV with Japan firm for fast car-repair franchise

By Barry Main | September 18, 2014

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LOXLEY WILL sign a joint-venture agreement by the end of this month with Car Conveni Club, a Japanese automobile-repair company, to launch a franchise network in Thailand, said a senior executive.

Suraphand Bhasitnirandr, Loxley senior vice president and a member of its board, said the Thai conglomerate would hold 51 per cent of the joint venture, while Car Conveni would have 40 per cent and KP Group, a major automotive concern in Laos, would hold the rest.

The joint venture sets its sights on modernising the Thai auto-repair business with Car Conveni’s unique business proposition of providing same-day service for minor jobs.

“Small fixes, fast fixes, are what Car Conveni offers at its 800 branches throughout Japan,” he said.
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Trends in China’s Automotive Component Manufacturing Industry

By Barry Main | September 17, 2014

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China’s automotive components sector is set to achieve annual growth of 20 per cent for the next five years driven by demand for new cars and a growing secondary market. The aftermarket segment will become the main outlet for automotive parts as the average age of vehicles on the road continues to rise and the current total car population has already surpassed 100 million. The counterfeit auto parts market, already the world’s largest with a current value of about US$40bn, will only increase as the overall market grows.

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AFG Networking Event – Friday 26th September 2014

By Barry Main | September 4, 2014

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The AFG will be holding its September Networking event on Friday 26th September
The Venue will be at Pullman Hotel – North Pattaya.

Speaker for the event will be Khun Chaiyant Savanachai
Has a Bachelor Degree in Engineering from King’s Mongkut Ladkrabang,
Master of Art in International Economics from Temple University Japan.
PhD in International Organization Management from the American University of London.
Along with Expertise in Manufacturing Strategy and Operations.

Currently working at Thai Steel Cable Public Company Limited as the Deputy Managing Director.

Event details
5.30pm to 6.00pm – Registration

6.00pm to 6.45pm Presentation from Speaker – Khun Chaiyant

6.45pm to 9.00pm Networking at the Sunset Lounge Food , Beer & Wine will be be served

Entrance Fee – 600 Bht for Members , 850 Bht for Non-Members

To register for the AFG Networking event, please reply to
frank.holzer@automotivefocusgroup.com
or call me on 0890927104
Please respond if you also are NOT attending , to reduce the need for follow up emails.

For those that have not paid their 2014 memberships or would like to join the AFG
Individual Membership 1500 Bht
Corporate Membership 4000 Bht
Payment can be made by Bank Transfer or cash at the AFG event

Look forward to seeing you all on Friday 26th September 2014,

Regards

Frank Holzer
President AFG

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BoI changes strategy

By Barry Main | August 20, 2014

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New investment promotion measures to affect 80 businesses; bid to restructure the national economy

The Board of Investment yesterday gave the nod in principle to the new investment promotion strategy for 2015-21, which focuses on industries that will lead to a change in the country’s economic structure, the creation of value-added businesses and sustainable growth.

The new plan will take effect in January with the aim to strengthen the country’s competitiveness and wean it away from dependence on low-cost labour.
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Bright prospects for Thai automobile exports

By Barry Main | August 12, 2014

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BANGKOK, Aug 12 — Nantawan Sakuntanak, director-general of the Department of International Trade Promotion, said she still saw a bright prospect for Thai automobile exports. She said the country remains the most interesting investment destination in Southeast Asia.

Ms Nantawan said that the department continued to expect the value of automobile exports to grow by 10 per cent to more than US$20 billion and auto parts to increase by 10 per cent as well, to more than US$13 billion this year.
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Volvo Car Group sales rise 8.3 pct yr/yr in July

By Barry Main | August 4, 2014

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Volvo Cars’ global sales up 8.3 per cent, strong growth in China and Europe.

Global sales of 36,438 cars, up 8.3 per cent versus July last year
China sales up 47,8 per cent
Volvo Cars’ thirteenth consecutive month of growth
Year-to-date sales of 265,451 cars, an increase of 9.3 per cent versus 2013 volvocar
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BMW F 800 GS to commence in Thailand at the end of July, 2014

By Barry Main | August 1, 2014

BMW F 800 GS to commence in Thailand at the end of July, 2014 5.00/5 (100.00%) 1 vote

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BMW announced the production pipeline. Vehicle adventure tours in the F800GS bearing Thai official.

The latest BMW Group preparing to invite a witness sue to open the F 800 GS production line at the end of this month at BMW-Rayong city estates. After this car components factory, NEC, and the packets already F800 R the sale price only baht 440000.

The F800GS is expected to price in rate “500,000 Bht”

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