Australia’s first female car company boss announces her departure

By Barry Main | October 28, 2014

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Veronica Johns oversaw record sales at the Fiat Chrysler Group, and took a unique approach to breaking down the gender barriers.

The first Australian woman to head a car company, Veronica Johns — who earned notoriety for tearing down workshop posters of naked women, as well as record sales — has announced her resignation as the boss of the Fiat Chrysler Group after almost two years in the role and 16 years with the corporation.
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Toyota may shift manufacturing hub for Fortuner to PH

By Barry Main | October 28, 2014

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Toyota Motor Corp. is studying the possible transfer of the regional manufacturing hub for Fortuner model from Thailand to the Philippines, an official of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry disclosed Wednesday.

PCCI president Alfredo Yao said Japanese car companies, including Toyota, plan to make the Philippines an alternative hub for automotive manufacturing.

Yao said during the recent Philippines-Thailand Business Council and Thailand-Philippines Business Council meeting that Toyota expressed interest in setting up or expanding operations in the Philippines to manage and spread risks.
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Semi-Autonomous Driving System Announced by Honda

By Barry Main | October 24, 2014

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Honda is getting ready to launch a new advanced driver-assistance system.

Honda Sensing is an advanced driver assistance system that will come on the all-new Legend in Japan before the end of this year before heading to other models in the future. Developed with safety in mind in hopes of helping prevent accidents and collisions, the Sensing system consists of two types of sensors with different characteristics: one is a millimeter-wave radar inside the front grille, while the other is a monocular camera mounted on the upper, inside part of the windshield.
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Nissan may build electric vehicles in Thailand in another decade

By Barry Main | October 23, 2014

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Nissan may build electric vehicles in Thailand–in another decade

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BANGKOK, Oct 23 — Nissan President Hiroyuki Yoshimoto met Thai Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukavanich and discussed possible electric vehicle (EV) production in Thailand. The Nissan executive said the firm is Japan’s biggest EV maker.

The Nissan president acknowledged Thailand incentives for automotive production investment but said Nissan will wait until EV batteries are more efficient and affordable before considering EV production here. Mr Yoshimoto predicts it can happen in another decade.
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Isuzu to boost capacity in Thailand over 5 years

By Barry Main | October 20, 2014

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Isuzu to boost capacity in Thailand over 5 years
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Isuzu Motors, a leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles and diesel engines, has committed itself to continuous investment in the Kingdom, where it plans to boost its manufacturing centre for pickup trucks destined for both the Thai market and other countries.

The company revealed a strategic plan to double the combined manufacturing capacity of its facilities at Samrong in Samut Prakan province and the Gateway City Industrial Estate in Chachoengsao province, from between 250,000 and 260,000 units targeted for this year to about 500,000 units within five years.
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Mazda to invest Bt12 bln in Thailand

By Barry Main | October 10, 2014

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BANGKOK, Oct 10 — Mazda will invest Bt12 billion to build a plant to manufacture 150,000 Mazda 2 and eco car sedans annually, said Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukavanich on Friday.

His remarks followed a meeting with Hiroshi Inoue, chief executive officer of Japan’s Mazda Motor Corp, where he was informed that Mazda had sought and received promotional privileges from Board of Investment to produce eco cars 2 in Thailand following its sales success of Mazda 3.
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Mitsubishi targets exports amid slide in Thailand sales

By Barry Main | September 26, 2014

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Japanese automaker Mitsubishi has targeted an 8-per cent increase in exports this year in response to a declining domestic market.

Auto sales during the first seven months of the year has plunged by over 39 per cent to 486,000 units, and total sales this year could end up at 900,000-920,000 units, Masahiko Ueki, president of Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co Ltd (MMTh), said.

“However, MMTh believes that sales volume of the car industry will improve during the final quarter of this year as the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board forecasts the Thai economy will grow by 1.5 to 2 per cent. This recession will be solved in the last half of the year, as the government has resumed its budget disbursements and consumer and business confidence in the economy is reviving,” he said, adding that Mitsubishi has a target of 9 per cent market share for the 2014 fiscal year (April 2014-March 2015).
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Captiva captivates

By Barry Main | September 26, 2014

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The Nation’s Kingsley Wijayasinha takes Chevrolet’s upgraded SUV on a 1,500km test-drive and comes away happy with its performance and ride quality
The Chevrolet Captiva has been gracing Thai streets for many years, going on to become a bestseller for the American brand, with more than 35,000 sold in the country.
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FIA grade 1 Circuit BRIC Buriram International approved

By Barry Main | September 25, 2014

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ครั้งแรกในประวัติศาสตร์ของชาวไทย ช้าง อินเตอร์เนชั่นแนล เซอร์กิต เป็น FIA เกรด 1 พร้อมจัด F1 แล้ว

“วันนี้ FIA หรือ สหพันธ์ยานยนต์นานาชาติ ได้ให้การรับรองสนามช้าง อินเตอร์เนชั่นแนล เซอร์กิต เป็นสนามFIA เกรด 1 อย่างเป็นทางการแล้ว ต่อจากนี้ไป เวลาพูดว่าประเทศไทยจะจัดแข่ง F1 จะไม่ใช่เรื่องเพ้อฝันอีกต่อไป เพราะเรามีสนามแข่งF1 แล้ว อยู่ที่จังหวัดบุรีรัมย์”

นายเนวิน ชิดชอบ ประธานที่ปรึกษาบริษัทบุรีรัมย์ ยูไนเต็ด อินเตอร์เนชั่นแนล เซอร์กิต จำกัด ผู้ริเริ่มโครงการสร้างสนามแข่งรถมาตรฐานสูงสุดของโลกในประเทศไทย กล่าว
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Japan asks Thailand for higher steel import quota

By Barry Main | September 25, 2014

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BANGKOK, Sept 25 — Japan said it wants Thailand to increase the quota of steel imports with tariff discounts to feed its offshore automobile production.

Hisamichi Koga, president of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce (JCC) in Bangkok, and Masayasu Hosumi, president of Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Bangkok, asked Thai Industry Minister Chakramon Phasukavanich to increase the quota for Japanese steel imports to support automotive production that is expected to rise 25 per cent from 2 million units this year to 2.5 million next year.
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