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Nissan LEAF EV ready to rock and roll (video clip)

Published July 23, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Nissan LEAF EV ready to rock and roll (video clip)

Jul 22. 2019
By Kingsley Wijayasinha
The Nation

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The Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling EV, is now available in Thailand and almost 100 units have been sold. Read the full review at The Nation Thailand this weekend.



Three new models join Audi’s TT lineup

Published July 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Three new models join Audi’s TT lineup

Jul 18. 2019
Three Audi TT models are being shown at Emquartier Bangkok from today to July 21.

Three Audi TT models are being shown at Emquartier Bangkok from today to July 21.
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Audi Thailand is launching three new models for its TT lineup at the “Unveil Audi TT Family” event, being held at the Emquartier Bangkok from today (July 15) to July 21.

The new additions are TT Coupe 45 TFSI quattro S line priced at Bt3.299 million, TT Roadster 45 TFSI quattro S line and the 286-hp TTS Coupe.

All three new models feature quattro all-wheel-drive, dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters and various drive modes such as comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency and individual.

Customers who place a Bt50,000 deposit for any of the three TT models at the event will enjoy a Bt50,000 top-on from Audi Thailand, along with a 1-per cent interest offer.

Audi Thailand is also offering buyers a 5-year/150,000 km Audi Protection programme warranty plus 5-year, 24-hour emergency service.

MGC Asia takes over Peugeot distribution

Published July 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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MGC Asia takes over Peugeot distribution

Jul 17. 2019
Peugeot will offer the 3008 and 5008 plus another 6 models in Thailand.

Peugeot will offer the 3008 and 5008 plus another 6 models in Thailand.
By The Nation

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The Master Group Corporation (Asia) Co Ltd has acquired another automobile brand under its umbrella , becoming the official distributor for Peugeot, through its subsidiary Belfort Automobile (Thailand) Co Ltd (Peugeot Thailand).

It replaced European Motor Cars Co Ltd, which had been the Peugeot distributor for the past 47 years.

The signing ceremony took place recently at the French Embassy in Bangkok, witnessed by Jacques Lapouge, the French ambassador to Thailand.

Beside Peugeot, MGC Asia is the official importer of several European luxury brands such as Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Maserati, apart from running the dealership networks for BMW, Mini and Honda . The company also operates rental car businesses and is the importer of Azimut luxury yachts.

Peugeot Thailand CEO Joerg Breuer, said the company would launch two new models this year – the 3008 and 5008, and will introduce another six models within the next two years. The 3008 and 5008 will be formally introduced at the upcoming BIG Motor Sale 2019, to be held from August 16-25 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Center (Bitec).

“Peugeot will create a new market segment in Thailand and will be positioned as ‘high-end mainstream,” he said.

He said Peugeot would build a new dealership network across the country, and is currently seeking local partners. A prototype showroom and service centre will open in Bangkok in the last quarter of the year, followed by others in Bangkok and upcountry early next year.

GM’s new SE Asia chief tasked with boosting Chevrolet brand

Published July 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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GM’s new SE Asia chief tasked with boosting Chevrolet brand

Jul 17. 2019

By The Nation

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General Motors appointed seasoned executive Hector Villarreal as president of GM Southeast Asia on Wednesday.

Villarreal, who will be based in Bangkok, has been tasked with leading GM operations is Southeast Asia following the retirement of Ian Nicholls.

Villarreal, previously managing director of GM Russia, will focus on growing the Chevrolet business and brand in Thailand and Southeast Asia, with a particular emphasis on Chevrolet’s truck and SUV.

Villarreal began his career with GM in 1990, as a manufacturing project engineer at the Ramos Arizpe Plant in Mexico. Since then, he has held various positions in Mexico as well as in the United States, including industrial engineering manager and vehicle line director. He also served as planning and programme management director for GM de Mexico.

In 2012, Villarreal joined GM Korea as vice president of Planning and Programme Management, before becoming president and managing director of GM Operations Uzbekistan in 2015. In 2017, he was appointed managing director of GM Russia.

Villarreal is a mechanical engineering graduate of Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He has a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the same institution and is married with three children.

On a plate: DLT hands out registration stats

Published July 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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On a plate: DLT hands out registration stats

Jul 15. 2019
By The Nation

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The Department of Land Transport (DLT) says the number of new vehicles registered with red licence (temporary) number plates reached 1.61 million in the first half of 2019.

Categories that top the chart were motorcycles and private cars seating less than 7 passengers.

Jantira Buruspat, Deputy Director-General of the DLT, said the number of new vehicles registered from January to June was about the same as the first half of last year but the number of registered passenger cars seating less than 7 went up by 8 per cent to 405,000 and pick-up trucks also saw a 6 per cent increase to 149,000.

Motorcycles were still the most registered type of vehicle but at 971,000 they were 4 per cent down on 2018.

The DLT also released data for the number of accumulated registered vehicles in Thailand at the end of June.

Among a total of 40.19 million registered vehicles, 21.05 million were motorcycles, 9.71 million personal cars with less than 7 seats and 6.70 million were private pick-up trucks. The small remainder were 1.13 million trucks, 422,000 passenger cars with more than 7 seats and 163,000 buses.

“To facilitate the registration process at the DLT, we recommend vehicle retailers to provide buyers with a complete set of the necessary documents,” said Jantira.

“Also, car buyers need to know the conditions and regulations regarding the use of red licence plate vehicles. Red license plates can be used temporarily for only 30 days after they received their vehicles and must be accompanied by the vehicle booklet issued by the DLT.”

Ashe added that those violating the rules would be subject to a maximum fine of Bt10,000.

Honda strikes chord with new Accord

Published July 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Honda strikes chord with new Accord

Jul 14. 2019
By Kingsley Wijayasinha
The Nation

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The Honda Accord has always been popular in the midsized-sedan market as both a family car and an executive saloon appealing to a large number of Thai buyers and others around the world.

The 10th-generation Accord was introduced in May in three versions – the Turbo EL priced at Bt1.475 million, Hybrid at Bt1.639 million and Hybrid Tech at Bt1.799 million.

The new Accord takes on a more dramatic appearance with an aggressive front end and a lower and wider stance, as well as a lighter body and more rigid body structure. Meanwhile, the chassis is also lighter and more complicated.

There being no test cars for the hybrid as yet, I borrowed the Turbo EL last week from distributor Honda Automobile (Thailand) and had a pretty good time, encountering several surprises.

First is the engine size. With a saloon the size of the Accord (think BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class), you’d expect at least a 2.0-litre or even a 3.0 V6 engine to be offered.

In fact, the new Accord comes with a 1.5-litre engine, same size as the Honda City subcompact. But relief soon follows when you read the rest of the specs.

The 4-cylinder twin-cam 16-valve engine is turbocharged and is capable of pumping out as much as 190 horsepower. The 243Nm of torque (available across the range from 1,500-5,500rpm) might not be a head-turner, but the low-loss CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) does make up for it with instant response and speedy acceleration.

This 1.5-ilitre direct-injection VTEC turbo engine actually generates more power than the previous 2.4-litre engine, and at the same time is more fuel-efficient than the 2.0-litre engine.

Acceleration from 0-100km/h is slightly over nine seconds, and the top speed is approximately 190km/h.

Fire up the engine and, although a slight ticking sound can be heard outside the car, the cabin remains quiet. The engine revs up smoothly too, which is another pleasant surprise, especially for someone who prefers a silky V6 in a car this size.

According to Honda, the new model is 56kg lighter than its predecessor and the centre of gravity is marginally lower.

There are economy, normal and sport modes to choose from, via buttons beneath the gearshift lever. In sport mode, the rev counter is optimised and the engine note is slightly more audible (not much), apart from the boost in performance.

At low speeds you can feel a good amount of comfort being offered by the damping system (the steering is also super-light). It’s actually so comfortable that you’d expect it to fail badly in sporty driving, but that wasn’t the case.

The steering (the steering wheel also had the right dimensions for my Asian hands) provided excellent turn-in response and precision compared to the previous model (instantly reminded me of Mercedes-Benz steering), and the front strut/rear multi-link suspension held on well to corners, offering great balance between holding the road and comfort.

I liked cruising in the Accord on the motorway, which was highly relaxing, especially with the music on. At 120km/h, the Accord provided a comfortable ride with low wind and road noise plus good visibility (small A-pillars up front help a lot).

The seats were also comfortable, with entry/exit function and two memory settings for the front pair.

There’s plenty of room in the cabin (beige or black depending on the exterior colour), which is so wide that a short person would have difficulty reaching for the front passenger door opener.

There are large seats at the rear and legroom is excellent (thanks to a longer wheelbase), a plus for company executives and, in case of families, the kids and in-laws (who are at their best when asleep).

I also fancied the new infotainment system, which is easier to use than the previous design, and another nice surprise is that the sound quality has also been improved.

Apart from the electronics, the quieter cabin (Honda did really well in this department) also allows you to hear smaller details in the music.

You get AppleCarPlay, two USB ports in front (the Hybrid gets two more at the rear), and Siri voice command as well. Unfortunately the Turbo trim does not have the Head-up display (info on the front windscreen), navigation system (doesn’t matter since Google Maps is easier to use), Honda Connect or subwoofer.

In terms of high-tech safety, you get Honda LaneWatch (rear sideview image appears on eight-inch centre display), driver-attention monitor and lots of airbags.

But again, the goodies are reserved for the more expensive hybrid models – things like automatic emergency braking, cross-traffic alert and self-parking (which I’d appreciate due to the Accord’s large dimensions).

After five days with the new Accord 1.5 Turbo EL, I started wondering why someone would want to purchase an expensive European luxury car like the BMW 5 Series or Mercedes E-Class when they can just buy the Accord at a much lower price and enjoy the benefits of a D-segment car.

Honda Accord Turbo EL specs

Engine: 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve with turbocharger

Displacement: 1,498cc

Bore and stroke: 73×89.5mm

Compression ratio: 10.3:1

Max power: 190ps/5,500rpm

Max torque: 243Nm/1,500-5,500rpm

Transmission: CVT

Ratios: 2.645-0.405

Final drive ratio: 5.363

Average fuel economy: 16.4km/litre

Average CO2: 147g/km

Suspension (f/r): McPherson strut, stabiliser/multi-link, stabiliser

Steering: powered rack-and-pinion

Turning circle: 12.2 metres

Brakes (f/r): vented disc/disc

Dimensions (mm): 4,894×1,862×1,450 in height

Wheelbase: 2,839mm

Track (f/r): 1,600/1,610

Weight: 1,464kg

Wheels: 17-in alloys

Tires: 225/50 R17

Fuel tank capacity: 56 litres

Price: Bt1.475 million

Distributor: Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co Ltd

Honda gets over 4,000 orders for new Accord

Published July 13, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Honda gets over 4,000 orders for new Accord

Jul 12. 2019
Special version of the Honda Accord at this year's Bangkok Auto Salon.

Special version of the Honda Accord at this year’s Bangkok Auto Salon.

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Honda has received more than 4,000 orders for the new Accord midsized sedan, after introducing it in May.

According to distributor Honda Automobiles, sales are equally divided between regular and hybrid models. The company stated that deliveries would commence from July 12.

The Accord is priced at Bt1.475 million for the Turbo EL, Bt1.639 million for the Hybrid and Bt1.799 for the Hybrid Tech.

Notable features include adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, multi-view camera system, Honda smart parking assist system, head-up display, wireless smartphone charging and Apple CarPlay with Siri voice control.

MG keeps up the momentum with Extender pickup

Published July 13, 2019 by SoClaimon

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MG keeps up the momentum with Extender pickup

Jul 12. 2019

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After creating a strong impact with the launch of the ZS EV priced at Bt1.19 million, MG is expanding its product line-up further – this time with a 1-ton pickup truck.

The MG Extender will be officially launched in August, according to distributor MG Sales (Thailand) Co Ltd.

It will come with a 2.0-litre diesel turbo engine and a large number of safety features.

The Extender will be the highlight at the MG booth at this year’s BIG Motor Sale to be held at the Bangkok Trade and Exhibition Center (Bitec) from August 16-25.

The Extender is based on the Maxus T60 sold in China (MG is owned by SAIC Motoes of China), which is powered by a 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine developing 147 horsepower and 360Nm.

The Thai model will be assembled at the new MG plant at the Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate in Chon Buri, which is a joint venture between SAIC and Thailand’s CP Group.

European, North American markets lift Volkswagen sales

Published July 13, 2019 by SoClaimon

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European, North American markets lift Volkswagen sales

Jul 12. 2019

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has delivered 259,400 vehicles to customers around the world in the first six months of this year, according to a company announcement.

The delivery volume in Western Europe was highly influenced by the core markets, Volkswagen said.

Sales in Germany remained stable at 68,100 units (down 0.3 per cent), but sales were up in the UK (26,100 units, up 6.3 per cent), in Spain (10,200 units, up 20.7 per cent), in France (10,100 units, up 1.5 per cent) and in Italy (7,200 units, up 9.6 per cent). Sales in eastern Europe went up by 16.5 per cent to 23,900 vehicles.

In North and South America, the brand has delivered 4,500 vehicles (up 23.7 per cent) to customers in Mexico (North American market) and 19,100 vehicles (down 15.5 per cent) to customers in South America.

In Africa, 11,700 vehicles were handed over to customers (up 43.8 per cent).

In the Asia-Pacific region, 11,800 vehicles were handed over to customers (down 11 per cent) and 5,500 vehicles (down 49.3 per cent) in the Middle East region.

In June 2019, Volkswagen delivered 44,400 vehicles worldwide (down 10 per cent). The company said this is due to the disproportionately high deliveries in June 2018 following the end of a temporary suspension of deliveries of T6 vehicles with passenger car registration.

In 2018, the brand sold around 500,000 light commercial vehicles, manufactured at its sites in Germany, Poland and Argentina.

Suzuki delivers latest Jimny

Published July 11, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Jul 10. 2019
By The Nation

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Suzuki has commenced delivery of its 4th-generation Jimny, after introducing the eye-catching, mini jeep-styled model in March.

The new Jimny sparked  a “Jimny fever” among compact SUV lovers, with all 90 units allocated for the Thai market being ordered online within six days of launch.

“This month, we will deliver 30 Jimny limited edition SUVs to our Thai buyers,  said Wallop Treererkngarm, sales and marketing director of Suzuki Motor (Thailand) Co Ltd, adding that the limited edition was sold out within three hours.

The Jimny Limited Edition comes with the Jimny Box Set and Jimny emblem serial number. This model has been around for 50 yeras and is currently on sale n 44 countries.

“We are confident that the new Jimny will be able to ignite a new trend for small SUVs in Thailand with its compact size and off-road capabilities,” Wallop said.

It comes with a 1.5-litre engine (102hp and 130Nm), 4-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual, as well as a 4-wheel-drive system with low transfer gear for difficult off-road conditions. Its narrow turning circle of 9.8 metres makes it easy to drive in tight spaces.

Prices range from Bt1.55 million to Bt1.65 million for manual and automatic transmissions models respectively.

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