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Egat driving project to convert conventional cars to electric ones

Published October 16, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Egat driving project to convert conventional cars to electric ones

Oct 15. 2019
By The Nation

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The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is studying how to develop a low-cost electric car battery to make it much more affordable for car owners who want to convert their vehicles to electric ones, said assistant governor for Research, Innovation and Business Development Jiraporn Sirikum.

The move is part of the state agency’s EV Kit & Blueprint Project in cooperation with the National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre and the National Science and Technology Development Agency.

The project aims to enable Thais to convert their old cars into electric vehicles at a cost not exceeding Bt200,000 (excluding the price of the battery).

The project has three phases.

The first phase (2010-2016) has been completed, with the conversion of some Honda Jazz and Toyota Vios models into electric cars.

The second phase, with a budget of Bt60 million, began in 2017 and will be completed next year.

The third phase is set to begin next year.

After this last phase is completed, the project will come out with a blueprint, which will be the standard for conversion of conventional cars into electric vehicles. It will subsequently seek out qualified car repair garages and provide knowledge to them in installing the EV kits.

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Thai college students join World Solar Challenge.

Published October 15, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Thai college students join World Solar Challenge.

Oct 14. 2019
By The Nation

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A group of students from Siam Technology College’s Faculty of Engineering and Technology are in Australia with their solar-powered STC-3 car to participate in the Cruiser Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019, driving off from outside Darwin’s Parliament House at 5.30am yesterday morning.

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) is the world’s premier solar-powered car race where young engineers from all over the world compete with their self-designed solar cars. The solar cars have to travel more 3,000 kilometres from Darwin in Northern Australia to Adelaide in South Australia over five days. The winner will be declared on October 20.

Nissan boss outlines road map for the future

Published October 2, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Nissan boss outlines road map for the future

Oct 01. 2019
Ramesh Narasimhan, president of Nissan Motor Thailand Co Ltd (NMT)

Ramesh Narasimhan, president of Nissan Motor Thailand Co Ltd (NMT)
By Kingsley Wijayasinha
THE NATION

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Nissan, once the top automobile brand in Thailand, is focusing on new products and improved customer service, according to Ramesh Narasimhan, president of Nissan Motor Thailand Co Ltd (NMT).

Narasimhan, who replaced Frenchman Antoine Barthes earlier this year, said that Nissan is looking at other brands and adopting strategies that will help it gain customers.

“It takes time,” he said, adding that Nissan is continuing to invest in the pickup truck segment while maintaining its strength in the city car market.

While the latest trend in the automotive world is electric vehicles (EV), Narasimhan, an Indian-born Australian, said that this is an important part of Nissan’s goal.

“The future is going to change and somebody is going to make the first move,” he said. Narasimhan predicted that in 10 years, there could be as much as 400,000 EVs on the road.

Nissan is the first major auto maker to launch an EV in Thailand. However, the Leaf EV is imported from Japan and due to import duty it is priced at almost Bt2 million, which puts the car in the luxury market rather than the affordable vehicle market.

The Leaf is not the only EV in the market though, with Hyundai, Kia and MG offering EVs as well.

“Competition is good, it will help spread the EV message,” he said.

Narasimhan said that Nissan decided to introduce the Leaf in Thailand not for volume or profit, but to lay a strong foundation for the age of EVs.

While Nissan is looking at sustainable objectives globally, locally it is working with government agencies such as the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) and Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) in order to set up an eco-system for EVs.

Asked whether Thailand could become an EV production hub for Nissan in the future, Narasimhan said first there need to be an appropriate supplier base, particularly for batteries.

In this region, the Leaf is also sold in the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, which are generally export markets for Thailand.

“There’s no reason we wouldn’t use our facility to export,” he said

Narasimhan had been working in many Asian countries including China and the Philippines.

“I love working in Asia because people are so friendly and there is a lot of talent here, no doubt about that,” he said. “They have the willingness to work beyond what is expected.”

Nissan has seen improvement in many Asia markets recently. For example, in the Philippines where it was ranked ninth in the market five years ago, the Japanese brand has currently risen to the number three spot.

“As a brand in the region, we are continuously becoming stronger, not only with new products in new segments, but also with improved service as well,” Narasimhan said.

In Thailand, Nissan has been involved with a large number of social activities, apart from simply doing business.

“A good example is the Nissan Youth Leadership programme where we asked kids to draw what they think would be the car of the future,” he said.

“The drawings were extremely environmental conscious which shows us that the new generation has intelligent questions for us,” Narasimhan said.

Ford showcases manufacturing processes to dealers

Published September 27, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Ford showcases manufacturing processes to dealers

Sep 26. 2019
By THE NATION

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The Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) in Rayong – which manufactures the Ford Ranger and high-speed off-road Ranger Raptor – recently hosted a unique “Dealer Hands-On” programme for a large contingent of Ford dealer personnel to highlight the FTM’s world-class manufacturing processes and standards.

The three-day dealer programme included representatives of various skill teams from Ford dealers, including sales and service advisers, and product specialists, on site at the state-of-the-art FTM facility to learn about the meticulous manufacturing processes and quality standards.

“This activity helps our dealer employees better understand how Rangers are produced, and speak of our vehicle quality with greater confidence,” explained Andrea Cavallaro, operations director, Ford International Markets Group (IMG). “It also serves as a way for our plant team to gain customer feedback through dealer staff, which will certainly help us further develop vehicles that meet the needs of our customers.”

As part of the programme, dealer staff had the opportunity to work on the FTM production line – including the body shop, paint shop, and trim and final assembly – alongside FTM staff, to gain first-hand insight into the process.

The dealer staff were also part of the quality assurance processes that include parts testing and vehicle testing including interior and exterior inspection, and initial drive on the test track. Ford engineers and plant executives were also present on-site to provide more information about the Ford vehicles and processes.

“Ford puts strong emphasis in developing dealer personnel to ensure that they can help us deliver an exceptional experience to our Ford customers,” said Wichit Wongwatthanakarn, managing director, Ford Thailand.

“This initiative is an opportunity for our frontline staff who interact with Ford customers every day to speak with confidence about the global processes and world-class quality standards that are in place at our Ford plants.”

MG hopes to create Thai stir once again with HS SUV

Published September 27, 2019 by SoClaimon

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MG hopes to create Thai stir once again with HS SUV

Sep 26. 2019
By The Nation

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MG aims to strengthen its product lineup in the Thai market with the introduction of the HS SUV, once again hoping to create a stir with highly attractive pricing.

The HS is priced from Bt919,000 to Bt1.119 million. However the first 1,000 customers get a special Bt34,000 cash discount or Bt34,000 worth of accessories. With the first option, prices are lowered to Bt885,000 to Bt1.085million.

MG earlier shocked the market by launching the electric vehicle ZS EV priced at only Bt1.19 million, said a Thursday release.

The new ZS model will reach over 100 MG dealers countrywide by September 28 and delivery will start in October, according to Pongsak Lertruedeewattanavong, vice president of MG Sales (Thailand) Co Ltd.

“We made our breakthrough in the Thai SUV market with the MG GS released three years ago and followed by the MG ZS. These two models have been positively welcomed by Thai customers and have successfully established the MG brand as a key player in the B-SUV and C-SUV segments,” he said.

“The MG ZS is considered as our pinnacle product in paving a way for a new vehicle segment in Thailand based on MG’s product specialty. This new segment has seen interest from Thai car owners since then. MG is certain that the HS announced today is going to be a new milestone of both our brand and SUV market of Thailand.”

The HS is powered by a 1.5-litre E85-compatible turbocharged engine developing 162hp and 250Nm, with 0-100km/h acceleration claimed at under 10 seconds.

It comes with the latest i-SMART infotainment system with voice recognition in the Thai language, along with a package of driver assistance systems, six airbags and a 360-degree view monitor.

Mazda3 sales break record for dealer

Published September 26, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Mazda3 sales break record for dealer

Sep 25. 2019
By The Nation

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Mazda Sales (Thailand) Co Ltd says it received more than 1,100 orders for the new Mazda3 within four days of its launch.

The car is available in both sedan and five-door fastback body styles and is priced from Bt969,000 to Bt1.198 million.

More than 2,000 fans attended the official launch on September 18, according to Thee Permpongpanth, vice president of Mazda Sales.

“We staged a sneak preview in August and received a lot of interest, so we created an online system to communicate with customers and get them registering for the launch,” he said.

He said the 1,100+ orders received in just four days broke the record of 1,000 units set in 2006. Seventy per cent of the orders were for the top-priced 2.0 SP model.

Singapore’s Carro ramping up auto network here

Published September 26, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Singapore’s Carro ramping up auto network here

Sep 25. 2019
By The Nation

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Used-car dealers across Thailand are using digital marketing to help generate sales, according to Carro, which bills itself as the region’s largest online automotive marketplace.

It said dealers in Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Phuket and Chon Buri have begun using digital channels.

In a press release on Wednesday (September 25), it said it had been working with Thai dealerships to further build the marketplace, where more than US$500 million worth of cars were sold last year.

In Thailand, Carro averaged 100-per-cent growth throughout 2018 via e-commerce channels including its website and mobile application.

“I’m grateful to be working with Carro because it widens my market while also bringing us new opportunities,” said a used-car dealer in Phitsanulok that Carro identified only as “Mr Auan”.

“My revenue has gone up by 80 per cent because Carro gives a better price than other platforms. Their good service is another reason I’ll continue working with them.”

“By forging new technology partnerships with the dealers in Thailand, we can help them take advantage of online channels to find new potential buyers and drive up sales,” said Aaron Tan, Carro’s CEO and founder. “We want to play an active role in building their welfare, especially within regions outside of the main urban centres.”

Carro is focusing on traditional dealerships in Tier 2 and 3 cities by connecting them with private sellers via e-commerce channels and providing a “more worry-free selling experience” for the sellers.

Established in Singapore in 2015, Carro seeks to transform car ownership through buying and selling, financing, insurance, warranty, workshop and roadside assistance. It will start to implement these services in Thailand next year.

Proton unveils new logo and tagline

Published September 25, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Proton unveils new logo and tagline

Sep 25. 2019
By THE STAR
ASIA NEWS NETWORK
SUBANG JAYA

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Malaysia carmaker Proton Holdings Bhd has unveiled a new logo and tagline “Inspiring Connections” to refresh its branding and outline its ambition to be a global and modern automotive brand.

Chief executive officer Dr Li Chunrong said the new logo will be first used on the upcoming X70 completely-knocked-down model and be followed by future launches.

He said all the company’s outlets would also incorporate the new logo gradually, “We will gradually change all the centres with the new logo and expect it to be completed in two years,” he told a media briefing on Wednesday.

Li said the new branding is driven by three core values – innovative technology, reliability and international – in line with Proton’s ambition to become a truly global brand and one of the top three automotive manufacturers in Asean.

He said Proton would work with global partners, leverage the strength of its world-class supply chain, attract global talent and adopt global technology to become a competitive global automotive brand.

“Our new ethos comprises our core values of always using innovative technology, our commitment to reliability and adopting an international point of view,” he said.

Chairman Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar Syed Ali Rethza Albar said the new logo marked a new chapter in the automotive company’s journey.

“The modern automotive industry, like many other industries today, must adopt a global and international mindset.

“Proton will continue making the best cars that meet Malaysian needs, (will) make no mistake, but we will do this as a globally-competitive company,” he said.

On overseas expansion, Syed Faisal Albar said the company is studying other markets carefully before entering them.

“We are studying not only in terms of whether our product is an acceptable buy but also whether the country’s automotive policy fits our strategy. Its overseas expansion is not only about selling cars but also creating presence,” he said.

On hybrid and energy-efficient vehicle (EEV), Li said the company’s venture into the hybrid and EEV space would depend on the policy introduced by the government.

Proton’s new logo features a new “uncaged” design with the head of the tiger held high, symbolising Proton like an arrow-head and moving forward to success.

Daimler sets up website dedicated to Fuso trucks

Published September 25, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Daimler sets up website dedicated to Fuso trucks

Sep 24. 2019
By The Nation

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Daimler Commercial Vehicles Thailand Ltd (DCVT) has officially launched a website for Fuso customers to further enhance their online experience, the company said in a statement on Tuesday (September 24).

Potential customers can find information for current offerings in the Fuso line, model specs and vehicle comparison, while existing Fuso truck customers can access after sales service information in relation to Fuso oil, genuine parts or local parts for their maintenance needs.

The website also offers users the “build” function, where people can choose the body application of the truck and check out a preview on what their truck will look like. This also means that customers can find the most suitable truck for their business.

“We keep our customer’s needs at the heart of our daily operations, and this website was designed with that firmly in mind. We hope it will be able to address any of our customers’ questions when they are online or lead them to us offline,” said Stefano Giordani, CEO of DCVT.

He added that the website was designed with real users in mind, focusing on prioritising functions that can be helpful to the customers. This is also part of Fuso’s One-Stop-Solution strategy, where customers are provided with support from the time they are considering buying a truck until they have bought it.

The website can be found at www.dcvt.co.th.

Economic slowdown affecting auto sales

Published September 25, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Economic slowdown affecting auto sales

Sep 24. 2019
By The Nation

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A total of 80,838 vehicles were sold in August, down 6.9 per cent compared to the same month last year, according to figures from Toyota Motor Thailand Co Ltd (TMT).

In August, sales comprised of 33,036 passenger cars (down 3.3 per cent) and 47,802 commercial vehicles (down 9.2 per cent), TMT vice president Paveena Nantikulvanich said in the company’s monthly report.

She said the Thai economy is experiencing a slowdown similar to the world economy, which as affected purchasing power and consumer confidence.

However, sales in the first eight months was still positive, with 685,652 vehicles sold, an increase of 4.2 per cent compared to the same period last year.

“The passenger car market grew by 6 per cent while the commercial vehicle market grew by 3.1 per cent,” she said, adding that contributing factors were the introduction of new models and attractive promotions that has been offereed particularly durng the first half of 2019.

Paveena said auto sales in September are expected to remain stable.

“The government has been launching economic stimulus measures while auto companies are still introducing new models as well as offering attractive sales promotions in order to continuously stimulate the market,” she said. “However, concern about the economic slowdown may affect purchasing power, and that may keep September auto sales in a static state.”

Top sellers in August were Toyota with 27,120 units (same as last year), Isuzu with 12,288 units (down 6.4 per cent) and Honda with 11,609 units, up 2.7 per cent.

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