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Thailand partnering with South Korea on electric bus development

Published August 21, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Thailand partnering with South Korea on electric bus development

Aug 21. 2019
An electric bus, part of a pilot project between Korea and Thailand (Shin Ji-hye/The Korea Herald)

An electric bus, part of a pilot project between Korea and Thailand (Shin Ji-hye/The Korea Herald)
By Shin Ji-hye
The Korea Herald correspondent/Asia News Network

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An all-electric bus with the national flags of South Korea and Thailand printed side by side sits on a campus of one of the national research universities on the southern side of Bangkok.

 The electric bus is a joint project between Korea and Thailand, led mainly by Korean automaker Edison Motors, which currently provides public transport services with eco-friendly buses at Namsan in Seoul and on Jeju Island.

The project involves 11 organizations from both sides, including Korea’s Industry Ministry and Korean Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning. The Thai side includes the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand and King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, where the bus is being tested.

Edison — together with the Thai government and university — is testing whether its bus is suitable for very hot climate and traffic congestion like Bangkok,” said Kitchanon Ruangjirakit, a lecturer in the department of mechanical engineering at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi.

We are jointly working on traffic data collection, standards, energy consumption and battery capacity with Edison’s electric bus,” he said. They plan to share the results of their research with the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority and the Ministry of Transport there, so the government can use the information in its future electric bus procurement plans.

The pilot project, which started in August last year, is in its final phase and is slated for completion this year, according to Ruangjirakit. When complete, the bus will run 200 kilometers on a single charge. It uses an LG Chem battery.

An electric bus, part of a pilot project between Korea and Thailand (Shin Ji-hye/The Korea Herald)

The project, however, is only for research and not for commercial use. If Edison wants to produce electric buses in Bangkok, it has to take part in a bidding process. The Thai government plans to bid on 35 electric buses in the near future. Edison is willing to join the bidding, according to the government official.

As Thailand ramps up its efforts to curb vehicle emissions, opportunities are opening up for Korean automotive and parts makers.

Thailand is the biggest exporter of cars (as an assembler) in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. We have 1,000 local parts suppliers. We are ready for the next step of the automotive industry,” said Narit Therdsteerasukdi, deputy secretary-general of the Thailand Board of Investment.

He said Thailand is in the beginning stage of the EV industry and there is a long way to go. “But we believe it is the right direction in the automotive industry.” The Thai government intends to encourage its agencies to use electric vehicles in the future to create demand.

We are also trying hard to attract Korean battery makers, LG Chem and Samsung SDI, because we would like to build a whole supply chain of electric vehicles in Thailand. Not only car assembly, but we also want to build key parts of EVs like battery and motors,” he said.

The Thai government is promoting cooperation between Thai and foreign agencies. BOI said the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand is cooperating closely with the Korea Electric Vehicle Association.

Korea has been one of Thailand’s major investors since 2010. Between 2010 and 2018, Korea invested a combined $1.8 billion in Thailand, mainly in the electronics, iron, steel and service sectors.

Some companies like Samsung, LG, Posco and Hanwha have invested in Thailand for more than 30 years. We hope more Korean investors are coming in the near future,” Therdsteerasukdi said.


BIG Motor Sale is the place to be to eye vehicle promotions

Published August 17, 2019 by SoClaimon

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BIG Motor Sale is the place to be to eye vehicle promotions

Aug 16. 2019
By The Nation

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The automobile market may be in a decline as it enters the low season of the year, but for those who need to purchase new vehicles, the BIG Motor Sale 2019 is the place to be.

A large number of sales promotions are being offered by auto and motorcycle companies, which expect to maximise sales during the low season.

Automakers setting up booths at the event, which opened today and goes on until August 25 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Bitec), include Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Kia, Maserati, Mazda Mercedes-Benz, MG, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Subaru, Suzuki, Tata, Toyota, Volvo and Thairung.

Motorcycle brands present include Benelli, BMW Motorrad, Hanway, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Lifan, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Royal Enfield, Ryuka, Scomadi, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa and Yamaha.

New model highlights at this year’s show include the Toyota Majesty luxury van, the Suzuki Carry commercial vehicle that is being promoted as the perfect food truck, as well as new Peugeot models like the 3008 and 5008 that come with lower prices than expected as well as innovative features.

Meanwhile, MG will continue to reap on the popularity of its ZS EV (Electric Vehicle), which is priced at just Bt1.19 million, as well as taking up orders for its first pickup truck – the Extender.

GM’s first diesel engine plant in region marks production milestone

Published August 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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GM’s first diesel engine plant in region marks production milestone

Aug 16. 2019
By The Nation

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GM Powertrain Thailand, General Motors’ (GM) first diesel engine plant in Thailand and Southeast Asia, recently achieved its 500,000th production milestone since production officially started in 2011, the company announced.

GM said the Rayong plant is the first GM facility in the world to produce the four-cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel engine.

Hector Villarreal, president of GM Southeast Asia, said: “The Duramax engines serve as the heart of our award-winning Colorado and Trailblazer. They are one of the most important components that we manufacture in Rayong for both domestic and export markets. Reaching half a million engines is not only an important milestone for the GPS team but also for everyone at GM Thailand. You should all be rightly proud of achieving this together.”

Amnat Saengjan, vice pesident of manufacturing for GM Thailand, added: “GM Powertrain Thailand is the only GM facility that fully manufactures the 2.8L Duramax diesel engine. Our exports represented over 20 per cent of total production, 80,000 engines of the four-cylinder diesel 2.5L and 2.8L Duramax engines in 2018. Today, we celebrate not only the successful production of the 500,000th Duramax engine by GM Powertrain Thailand, but the teamwork from all of you that has made this possible.

“I am very proud of our team members who have taken a key role in helping us achieve this milestone, thanks not only to every team member’s hard work and dedication, but also to the growing popularity of the products that use the Duramax engine, the Chevrolet Colorado and Trailblazer. It shows how far we have come.

“We are a world-class facility, but we need to keep up the momentum by staying together as a team and making quality the number-one principle in everything we do today and in the future.”

He said GM Thailand’s Rayong facility was recognised for its efforts in environmental conservation at the Prime Minister’s Industry Awards of 2018. It was one of two automotive companies that received this award. The facility is part of GM’s 142 manufacturing and non-manufacturing landfill-free facilities globally.

Top Mercedes-Benz dealer launches Asia’s biggest AMG centre

Published August 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Top Mercedes-Benz dealer launches Asia’s biggest AMG centre

Aug 16. 2019
By The Nation

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Leading car dealer Benz Star Flag has invested Bt75 million to set up the largest AMG Performance Centre in Asia.

Benz Star Flag was formed in 2013 and has become the top Mercedes-Benz dealership in the country with sales of over 1,200 units in 2018.

Located on the fourth floor of Benz Star Flag on Vibhavadee Rangsit Road, the newly-built Benz Star Flag AMG Performance Centre features a comprehensive 2,000-square-metre after-sales centre, specially for Mercedes-AMG cars.

There is also a 600sqm area for display of various AMG models, both imported and locally assembled.

“With my fascination for cars and speed, together with my racing experience and expertise, I understand the importance of careful selection of equipment, tools or new innovation to keep high-performance cars like AMG in good condition. The AMG Service Centre is an integral part of Benz Star Flag,” managing director Chayut Yangpichit said.

Chayut, a well-known personality in Thailand’s exotic car and motorsports scene, said the facility has a large number of AMG-certified specialists.

“Maintaining the highest performance is an important philosophy for this business because high-performance cars like Mercedes-Benz AMG have distinctive body structures and engine that require good understanding and meticulous care from specialised experts who have been certified,” he said.

For more info visit www.starflagmercedes-benz.co.th.

Ford adds to Ranger pickup lineup with Agriculture Variant

Published August 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Ford adds to Ranger pickup lineup with Agriculture Variant

Aug 14. 2019
By The Nation

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In an effort to expand its product range to suit customers, Ford has introduced an Agriculture Variant for its Ranger pickup lineup in Thailand.

They include the Ranger Standard Cab XL 2.2L 4×2 manual 6-speed (Bt559,000), Standard Cab XL 2.2L 4×4 manual 6-speed (Bt649,000), Open Cab XL 2.2L 4×2 manual 6-speed (Bt599,000) and Double Cab XL 2.2L 4×2 manual 6-speed (Bt689,000).

“Ford is aware of the importance of Thai farmers who have the need for vehicles that are durable enough for demanding jobs,” Ford Thailand managing director Wichit Wpngwatakarn said.

The trucks are powered by a 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine capable of producing 160hp and 385Nm. Standard features include power steering and ABS brakes.

Bridgestone claims improvements with new tyre for SUVs

Published August 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Bridgestone claims improvements with new tyre for SUVs

Aug 14. 2019
By The Nation

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Bridgestone has introduced the Ecopia H/L 001 tyre, which has been designed for SUVs and offers improved balance between safety, wear and efficiency.

Bridgestone says that apart from improved wet handling and braking performance, the new tyres come with an optimised contact patch to help increase tread life while improving rolling resistance. This results in improved fuel efficiency.

“The Ecopia H/L 001 is positioned for SUV drivers who prioritise the safety of themselves and other passengers and want to achieve fuel savings and a smaller carbon footprint,” Hideyuki Takeda, managing director of Thai Bridgestone Co Ltd, said. “Through our market feedback, SUV drivers’ key attributes when evaluating tyres are grip, wet performance, wear life and comfort. With the Ecopia H/L 001, our aim is to give them a tyre that exceeds their expectations in all these fields with the added bonus of fuel savings.”

Chevrolet Thailand finds new fans on Line

Published August 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Chevrolet Thailand finds new fans on Line

Aug 13. 2019
By The Nation

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Chevrolet Thailand is reaping success and popularity on the social media.

The American automaker recently won the “Most Line Today Billboard” award at the Line Thailand Awards, where the best brands are recognised in 26 categories.

Chevrolet Thailand won in the Automotive & Energy category with content about the new Captiva SUV coming to Thailand soon.

The Thai affiliate says the award shows it is effectively connecting with people on the Line platform in an engaging way.

Mitsubishi’s limited-edition Mirage comes packed with goodies

Published August 14, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Mitsubishi’s limited-edition Mirage comes packed with goodies

Aug 13. 2019
By The Nation

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Mitsubishi has updated its Mirage eco car by launching a limited edition that comes with eye-catching accessories, such as black-painted sideview mirrors with LED turning lights, black door sash, black rear spoiler with LED stop lamp, rear bumper garnish and chrome exhaust.

Inspired by the popular Mirage GLX CVT variant, the Mirage Limited Edition also comes with black-painted 15-inch alloy wheels plus upgraded suspension. The model comes in two colours – metallic red with black roof (Bt520,000) and pearl white with black roof (Bt527,000).

The interior finishes include red-leather accents on the steering wheel and gearshift knob, as well as seats upholstered in black and red fabric. The infotainment system features voice command, Bluetooth, touchscreen monitor and DVD player, while safety features include dual SRS airbags, stability control, traction control and hill-start assist.

“The Mirage Limited Edition is highlighted by its stylish appearance designed to specifically match the lifestyle of our younger generation customers. More importantly, it is still packed with a list of equipment and safety features that inspire customer confidence and convenience,” said Morikazu Chokki, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co Ltd.

Audi’s Q8 surprises with sportiness, but better than Q7?

Published August 12, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Audi’s Q8 surprises with sportiness, but better than Q7?

Aug 11. 2019
By Kingsley Wijayasinha

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The Q7 used to be the largest model in Audi’s SUV line-up, but now we have the Q8.

However, it’s no bigger than the Q7 at all, but in fact is a coupe version of the German brand’s flagship SUV. It’s slightly shorter, but at the same time wider and lower.

The Q8 is almost five metres long (4,986mm compared to the 5,052mm Q7), but appears less bulky due to its sportier design, particularly towards the rear end (C-pillar area). Think of SUV coupes such as the BMW X6, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, or even the Porsche Cayenne Coupe.

And at Bt6.799 million, the Q8 is priced much higher than the Q7, which retails at just Bt4.999 million and surely offers better value for money, along with more interior space.

The Q8 is powered by a 340hp turbocharged V6 engine with direct injection and comes with a mild hybrid system that helps improve fuel economy, particularly while braking and coasting.

The 48-volt system uses a lithium-ion battery and a belt alternator starter – Audi says that, during braking, it can regenerate up to 12kW of power and feed it back to the battery.

While coasting, the engine can be deactivated (starting from 22km/h) and, according to Audi, this can lower fuel consumption by 0.7 litres per 100 kilometres driven. Audi claims an average fuel economy of 10.9km/litre for the Q8.

And despite a total weight of almost 2.1 tonnes, the Q8 never feels sluggish, with as much as 500Nm of torque being on tap from 1,370rpm right up to 4,500rpm. Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 5.9 seconds, and it is capable of reaching an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

Power goes through an eight-speed automatic transmission with tiptronic, adding to the fun when driven in sports mode.

The sharp steering and grippy suspension are a surprise for a vehicle this size. Set up for the corner properly and the Q8 is glued to the curve like a smaller and lighter vehicle, with hardly any lateral roll. Audi has really matched the performance of the Q8 with its sportier appearance.

There is Audi Drive Select with sport and off-road modes to choose from too, although it’s hard to imagine who would take the Q8 into the jungle.

The suspension is multi-link both front and rear, with stabilisers at both ends and 21-inch alloy wheels wearing low-profile 285/45 tyres. The ride offered by the sport-adaptive air suspension is comfortable on highways but, unfortunately, bumps and potholes on the road aren’t really ironed out perfectly, as many would expect from a luxury SUV.

The brake pedal is super-sensitive (an Audi trademark) and I needed a couple of days to get used to it, especially in low-speed traffic. Nevertheless, braking at high speeds, it poses no problems – it’s much easier to judge the brakes now.

The exterior design of the Q8 appears more contemporary compared with the Q7, which is bulkier and has a stronger off-roader character.

The Q8’s front end is highlighted by the huge grille flanked by HD Matric LED headlights, while the rear lights feature directional Light Staging function.

The interior remains spacious, and the only setback is just a smaller luggage compartment due to the rear-end design. There are 605 litres of space for luggage behind the rear seat bench, which increases to 1,755 litres when the backrest is folded. That’s not bad, and I was able to fit a 180cm sofa bed without any difficulty.

The slanted rear end doesn’t affect headroom much, with rear passengers still enjoying lots of space and legroom. Visibility is also great for everyone and the huge panoramic sunroof does give the cabin a super-airy holiday atmosphere.

I expected a little more bling with the interior design considering the positioning of the Q8, but was slightly disappointed. The door panels and dull-looking and the buttons for the power windows had pretty sharp edges that I didn’t appreciate.

The Q8 comes with the Virtual Cockpit dashboard featuring a 12.3-inch screen that has lots of options. At the centre console is an MMI Navigation Plus with 10.1-inch touchscreen that’s a fuss to use (Google Maps on your smartphone is much simpler) and even the voice command function doesn’t help much.

The infotainment system features a high-end Bang & Olufsen audio system which has plenty of detail, even from MP3 files, but the midrange is over-boosted, with no bass (and there’s no midrange adjustment, so you can’t lower it).

On both screens, the controls are also touch rather than knobs and buttons, making it harder to use than normal controls, and the result is plenty of fingerprints on that glossy black screen. But don’t misunderstand – the interior quality of the Q8 is great still, something you can always count on with the German automaker.

The seats feature diamond-cut stitching and looks pretty unique (although I preferred the normal seats in the Q7), and the flat-bottomed steering comes with lots of controls for various systems.

In summary, if I had to make a choice, I would probably go for the Q7 purely because of the price difference (which is enough to get you a Honda Accord Hybrid).

But for those who really want that trendy SUV Coupe looks and better driving dynamics, the Q8 may just be it.


Audi Q8 55 TFSI quattro S line specs

Engine: V6 24-valve with turbocharger

Displacement: 2,995cc

Bore and stroke: 84.5x89mm

Compression ratio: 11.2:1

Max power: 340hp/5,000-6,400rpm

Max torque: 500Nm/1,370-4,500rpm

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

0-100kmh: 5.9 secs

Top speed: 250km/h

Average fuel economy: 10.9km/litre

Average CO2: 207g/km

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

Steering: powered rack-and-pinion

Turning circle: 13.3 metres

Brakes (f/r): vented disc/vented disc

Dimensions (mm)

Length: 4,986

Width: 1,995

Height: 1,705

Wheelbase: 2,995

Track (f/r): 1,679/1,691

Weight: 2,095kgs

Wheels: 21-inch alloy

Tires: 285/45 R21

Fuel tank capacity: 85 litres

Price: Bt6.799 million

Distributor: Audi Thailand Co Ltd

Volvo hopes for 70% sales boost this year with attractive model line-up

Published August 10, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Volvo hopes for 70% sales boost this year with attractive model line-up

Aug 09. 2019
Volvo is currently staging “The Volvo Way: Freedom to Experience” at Megabangna.

Volvo is currently staging “The Volvo Way: Freedom to Experience” at Megabangna.
By Kingsley Wijayasinha

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Volvo hopes to grow sales by at least 70 per cent this year thanks to a more attractive product line-up as well as strong marketing activities.

Sales have already rocketed by 91 per cent for Volvo during the first half of 2019, with 1,079 vehicles sold. Aa much as half of Volvo sales in Thailand are made up of the new XC40 model launched earlier this year.

Last year the Swedish auto maker sold 1,300 vehicles in Thailand, far from its peak in 1994 when more than 5,000 units were sold.

“We do things our own way without targeting the competition, and among the key things that we did this year was to take the cars to the customers, rather than expecting customer to visit the showrooms,” Volvo Car Thailand managing director Chris Wailes said.

Approximately half of vehicles sold this year came from fleet sales, Wailes said, with SME sales shooting by 197 per cent. All Volvo models are imported from Malaysia, after local assembly ceased several years ago.

Despite the spectacular sales growth in the first half of the year, things could change during the second half.

“The economy is slowing and growth in the premium car market has been falling during the past three years,” he said.

Wailes said while the premium car market enjoyed 20 per cent growth in 2017, the figure has fallen to 14 per cent in 2018 and just 3 per cent during the first six months of 2019.

This would be the year that Volvo achieves the highest growth in its history in Thailand, according to Wailes.

“For 2019, we anticipate a growth of 70 to 95 per cent, depending on the economy,” he stated.

Volvo currently has 12 dealerships in Thailand, and plans to add three more during the final quarter of the year.

As much as 90 per cent of Volvos sold in Thailand this year are PHEVs (Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles) which offer a short pure electric driving range. According to parent company Volvo Corporation, by 2025 as much as 50 per cent of its product line-up would be electrified.

Asked whether Thailand is ready for EV technology, Wailes quickly replied: “No, due to the infrastructure. But ask me again next year and the answer could be different.”

Wailes said currently the charging infrastructure for EVs in Thailand is still incomplete. Although there are enough in Bangkok, upcountry areas still need more charging stations.

Nevertheless Volvo, which will launch a new model at this year’s Thailand International Motor Expo in November, will be offering an EV in the near future.

“With our global plan to have 50 per cent of our products being EVs by 2025, we will be offering them in Thailand as well,” he said.

Meanwhile, Volvo is currently staging “The Volvo Way: Freedom to Experience” at Megabangna, with more than 100 tons of steel being constructed into a two-storey test course. Other attractions include street art, mini concert, and eco-friendly activities such as plastic recycling lab, and pendulum painting for kids. The event goes on until August 18.

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