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New Mazda3 offers multiple choices in design, power

Published September 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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New Mazda3 offers multiple choices in design, power

Sep 18. 2019
By Kingsley Wijayasinha

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Mazda is hoping its new Mazda3 compact car will win over purchasers with its alluring design and outstanding driving dynamics. The new model is available in sedan and five-door fastback variants, each in three trim levels.

They are similarly priced – Bt969,000 for the 2.0 C, Bt1.069 million for the 2.0 S, and Bt1.198 million for the 2.0 SP, respectively. All come with free first-class insurance, three years’ maintenance and a three-year warranty.

The Mazda3 is the first model in Mazda’s new generation of products, said Chanchai Trakarnudomsuk, president of Mazda Sales (Thailand) Co Ltd.

“We’ve been preparing the marketing strategy to relay the new image of the brand, the showroom and the servicing policies,” he said. “We’ve set up new communication channels to serve the new models and to step up to ‘Mazda Premium’ status.

“Customers will be able to experience the increased value of our products, led by the outstanding design and attention to detail, along with high-grade materials and unforgettable driving experience with oneness between car and driver.”

Thee Permpongpanth, vice president for marketing and government relations, said the Mazda3 features the Kodo Design and the “Less is More” design concept in both exterior and interior.

“While the sedan offers a high level of luxury and attention to detail, the five-door fastback has a sportier character,” he said. “Although both have the same model name, they have totally different concepts for design and image.”

Thee said the SkyActiv-G 2.0-litre engine has been tuned for excellent power and fuel economy, featuring a direct-injection fuel system, new fuel injection design, high compression ratio, increased torque, better fuel economy and more environmental friendliness.

It produces 165 horsepower at 6,000rpm and 213Nm of torque at 4,000rpm, while the fuel economy is claimed at 15.9km/litre.

New features include Cruise & Traffic Support, Smart Brake Support – Reverse Crossing, G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus), Mazda Connect infotainment with Apple CarPlay and a more comprehensive i-ActiveSense safety package with Mazda Radar Cruise Control and 360-degree view monitor, plus seven airbags.

In Thailand, the Mazda3 competes head-on with other C-segment cars such as the newly launched Toyota Corolla Altis (which is also available in hybrid versions) and the Honda Civic.

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Light vehicle sales likely to fall: report

Published September 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Light vehicle sales likely to fall: report

Sep 18. 2019
By The Nation

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Global light vehicle sales look set to fall by 2 to 3 per cent this year and we foresee virtually no growth over 2020-2021, says S&P Global Ratings in a report published on Ratings Direct. 

“Worsening global economic conditions, the trade war between the US and China, and the high cost of innovation for carmakers will continue to dampen sales,” S&P Global Ratings credit analyst Vittoria Ferraris noted.

“We expect auto manufacturers will suffer some margin erosion, particularly in the mass-market segment, as they may struggle to fully pass through the increased cost of connectivity, electrification, and autonomous driving. These rising costs will translate in higher auto prices and damage consumer affordability, additionally deterring car buyers,” she added.

On the plus side, persistently low interest rates should support affordability, while a rich pipeline of new models featuring sophisticated upgraded connectivity and electrification options and autonomous solutions will be attractive for the market. “However, we do not think this will be sufficient to raise global light vehicles sales next year, following the dip in 2019 sales that we estimate this year,” Ferraris said.

“We now expect light vehicle sales in China to decline by 7 per cent-9 per cent this year, while we foresee a 3-per-cent decline in the US and up to a 2-per-cent decline in Europe.

“For 2020 and 2021, our base case assumption is for zero to 1-per-cent growth in global light vehicle sales. We expect all market regions will experience volume weakness, except in China, which may see a modest rebound, although not before 2021.”

Chevrolet’s new Captiva SUV comes with affordable prices

Published September 10, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Chevrolet’s new Captiva SUV comes with affordable prices

Sep 09. 2019
By The Nation

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Chevrolet has launched its new Captiva SUV, imported from Indonesia, at prices starting at below Bt1 million.

The new Captiva is available in three trim levels, with LS starting at Bt999,000 (Bt30,000 extra for the seven-seat option), while the LT and Premier, which come with seven-seats, going for Bt1.099 million and Bt1.199 million respectively.

Apart from the LED headlights, Captiva’s other new features include a 10.4-inch touchscreen, 360-degree exterior view camera, Harman Kardon audio system with Chevrolet Link infotainment system and panoramic sunroof. The top two trims also come with 4 USB ports as well as air-vents for third-row passengers.

The second-row seats have sliding, tumble and split-folding functions, while Chevrolet says the new Captiva offers a larger cabin along with 587 litres of cargo capacity once the third-row seats are folded flat.

Power comes from a newly developed turbocharged 1.5-litre engine capable of producing 143hp and 250Nm. A CVT (continuously variable transmission) with eight-speed manual mode is standard across the range.

In a move to boost sales, Chevrolet is offering a cash discount of Bt40,000 for the first 300 buyers of the LS model, while buyers of the LT and Premier models get free scheduled maintenance for the first 50,000kms/30 months. There is also a low 1.89-per cent interest rate offer plus 1-year insurance.

PTT backs startup for electric bikes driven by clean energy

Published September 10, 2019 by SoClaimon

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PTT backs startup for electric bikes driven by clean energy

Sep 09. 2019
By THE NATION

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Etran (Thailand), a startup in innovative electric motorcycles, has unveiled its latest product driven by clean energy as the Department of Land Transportation announced that motorcycles in Thailand produce 50,000 tonnes of CO2 emission per day, or over 18 million tonnes a year.

Supported by PTT Plc, Etran has developed motorcycles that help lift the quality of life, reduce air pollution, and promote air quality.

The new “Etran Kraf Limited Edition” is an environmental-friendly, high performance electric motorcycle with a 40Ah battery, 7kW motor, 180 km maximum riding distance per charge, and 130 km/hour maximum speed. The main components of the motorcycle are made with carbon fibre for strength and lightweight characteristics. Carbon fibre is a popular material among supercars. The model uses Internet of Vehicles (IoV) technology to connect the vehicles with Etran mobile application to enhance customer experience and safety. 300 units are currently available, it is priced at Bt150,000 ($4,7000), excluding VAT.

The startup also noted that “Etran Prom” version 2 will soon be unveiled. The first model,  launched in 2017,  mainly targted the motorcycle taxi segment.

The brand and logo of the company have been redesigned to align with the company’s  direction. Aiming for 200,000 units in sale in 10 years, Etran was  recently awarded APAC25 by Cleantech Group, a San Francisco-based company that supports the development and commercialisation of clean technologies.

Soranun Choochut, CEO and Founder of Etran (Thailand) Co Ltd, said that Thailand has close to 22 million motorcycles, according to data of  the Department of Land Transport.  With a single motorcycle emitting  45 gram of CO2 per kilometre daily on average and if an average motorcyclist travels 50 kilometers per day, he/she will produce over 2 kilogramme of CO2. Taking all into accounts, Thai motorcycles produce roughly 50,000 tonnes of CO2 per day, or 18 million tonne per year. As such. the atmosphere will need 3 billion, 6-metre tall trees to offset the amount of CO2.

Etran was established with the philosophy  “Drive a better world”. In 2017, Etran launched “Etran Prom”, first in the world designed for motorcycle taxi market. Etran Prom was  not only environmental-friendly, but also solved the problem for motorcycle taxi passengers by splitting the seats and giving more leg rooms. Another important milestone for Etran was signing a M0U with PTT Plc on  studying the electric vehicle market as well as developing electric motorcycle and prototypes for charging stations.

Etran partners with SakunC Innovation, one of the leading manufacturers with world class capability in producing automobile parts with ISO 9001:2015. The frame of  Etran Kraf Limited Edition’s is 100 per-cent aluminum and produced with high precision advance robot welding technology. For this limited edition, Etran will release 300 units in three series and seven colours with serial number on the side of the motorcycle. It will go on sale in the first quarter of  next year.

In regard to service and charging station, Etran is in discussion with the PTT Group to expand the charging station network across all high populated areas, both indoor and outdoor. The charging stations will use Type2 technology with maximum current at 36A, compatible to all Etran vehicles and other electric vehicles in the market.

Etran’s will offer 24/7 onsite after-sale service in Bangkok and metropolitan areas.

It targets sale of 200,000 units or 1 per cent of market share for its electric motorcycles within the next 10 years.

BMW kicks off lithium-ion battery production at JV plant

Published September 7, 2019 by SoClaimon

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BMW kicks off lithium-ion battery production at JV plant

Sep 06. 2019
From left to right - Mr. Uwe Quaas managing director, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand,
Khun Jaturon Komolmitr, director and Chief Operating Officer, Grand Prix International PCL,
Dr. Prachin Eamlumnow, president, Grand Prix International PCL. Khun Kornphattawee Muangnoy, Deputy Director General, Department of Industrial Works, Ministry of Industry and
Mr. Gerhard Irnesberger, Plant Director, DRÄXLMAIER Group.

From left to right – Mr. Uwe Quaas managing director, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand, Khun Jaturon Komolmitr, director and Chief Operating Officer, Grand Prix International PCL, Dr. Prachin Eamlumnow, president, Grand Prix International PCL. Khun Kornphattawee Muangnoy, Deputy Director General, Department of Industrial Works, Ministry of Industry and Mr. Gerhard Irnesberger, Plant Director, DRÄXLMAIER Group.
By The Nation

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BMW has started up its Bt500-million joint venture facility with Germany’s Draxlmaier for the production of lithium-ion batteries.

Located in WHA Chon Buri Industrial Estate 2 and the first high-voltage battery assembly plant of the German luxury carmaker in Asean, it will supply both battery modules and batteries.

The factory works on battery cells from overseas suppliers such as aluminium housing, electronics and cables.

According to BMW, production of its 4th-generation high-voltage batteries utilise cutting-edge production technologies onsite including laser welding, plasma activation, robotics, gluing, automated optical and electrical inline quality inspection along with end-of-line testing.

Uwe Quaas, managing director of BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand Co Ltd, said, “The start of local battery production enables us to better respond to growing domestic demand for electrified vehicles in Thailand. This new capability will also strengthen the performance of our plant in Rayong in line with the country’s policy of sustainable mobility.”

The assembly plant in Rayong churns out regular internal combustion engine models as well as PHEVs (Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles) such as the 330e, 530e, X5 xDrive40e and the 740Le. Batteries from the new facility in Chon Buri will initially be used for the 530e.

BMW had earlier applied for BoI (Board of Investment) privileges for its Bt700-million investment in PHEV production.

Uwe Quaas, managing director, BMW Group Manufacturing Thailand

 

Kornphattawee Muangnoy, Deputy Director General, Department of Industrial Works, Ministry of Industry

Gerhard Irnesberger, Plant Director, DRÄXLMAIER Group

New Corolla launched

Published September 4, 2019 by SoClaimon

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New Corolla launched

Sep 03. 2019
By The Nation

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The Toyota Corolla compact car is now available in hybrid version that has replaced the 2.0-litre model.

The new Corolla, launched on Tuesday, is priced from Bt829,000 for the Limo (taxi) version to Bt1.099 million for the top hybrid model.

There is also a 1.8-litre GR Sport model priced at Bt999,000 and a 1.6G model priced at Bt869,000. All Corolla models are equipped with automatic transmission.

Toyota is offering promotions of low installments (Bt8,500 per month) and 1.99 per cent interest for the new Corolla.

BMW’s new 8 Series Convertible to be highlight at Xpo 2019

Published September 4, 2019 by SoClaimon

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BMW’s new 8 Series Convertible to be highlight at Xpo 2019

Sep 03. 2019
By The Nation

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BMW will officially launch its new 8 Series Convertible at the upcoming BMW Xpo 2019 to be held at Central World from September 12-15.

The M850i xDrive Convertible, priced at Bt13.499 million, features an automatic soft-top roof that opens and closes in just 15 seconds.

The convertible is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 engine capable of pumping out 530hp and 750Nm. Mated to an 8-speed automatic, it propels the car from 0-100km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds and to a top speed of 250km/h.

There will also be a full range of BMW models at the event, along with special offers. They include maintenance and warranty package extensions, a lucky draw with Bt1 million worth of air tickets from Thai Airways, and interest-free installment plans.

“For a decade, the BMW Xpo has been a special occasion, one where fans can get up close with the most complete line-up of BMW models and innovations under one roof,” BMW Thailand sales and marketing director Galdric Donnezan said. “The highlight this year – the BMW 8 Series Convertible – is the redefined statement of our clear and precise design language combined with the extensive range of BMW’s latest driver assistance technologies,” he added.

“We have been serving the Thai market with an array of ultimate BMW driving machines ranging from the all-new BMW 3 Series with enhanced sporting prowess and a brand-new exterior design to the first-ever BMW X7, the largest member of the X family that has been raising the bar of the modern luxury Sports Activity Vehicle experience from the beginning of this year,” Donnezan said.

Triton, Pajero biodiesel B20-compatible: Mitsubishi

Published September 4, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Triton, Pajero biodiesel B20-compatible: Mitsubishi

Sep 03. 2019
By The Nation

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In response to the Thai government’s efforts to promote the use of biodiesel B20, Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co Ltd has confirmed that its Triton pickup and Pajero Sport PPV are biodiesel B20-compatible.

“Our customers can travel with less pollution and at lower costs through the use of biodiesel B20. The air quality will also improve with reduced emission of dust and greenhouse gasses into the air. We are committed to continue developing cleaner energy compatible vehicles in the future,” said Morikazu Chokki, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand).

He added that Mitsubishi Triton since 2007 and Pajero Sport since 2009 are compatible with B20.

For more information, owners can request advice from Mitsubishi technicians regarding vehicle preparation for B20 compatibility. They are also eligible for free 22-item preliminary vehicle inspection services at Mitsubishi dealers network nationwide.

Customers can also check biodiesel B20 compatibility via https://www.mitsubishi-motors.co.th/th/b20, contact Mitsubishi Motors dealers nationwide or Mitsubishi Call Centre 02-079-9500, every day from 8.30am to 5pm.

“Our customers can travel with less pollution and at lower costs through the use of biodiesel B20. The air quality will also improve with reduced emission of dust and greenhouse gasses into the air,” Chokki said.

Special gifts in store for Mini lovers

Published August 28, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Special gifts in store for Mini lovers

Aug 27. 2019
By The Nation

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Buyers of the new Mini Countryman, priced at just Bt1.989 million, will win a free cruise as well as other special gifts from Millennium Auto at the Mini Expo 2019 at Central World from August 30 to September 2.

Millennium is topping up offers for purchases before September 15 with additional gifts including 60 tanks of free fuel (Mini 60th Anniversary), up to Bt100,000 worth of accessories, Mini X Superdry jacket (limited quantity), Mini Power Bank and a luxury yacht cruise for two worth Bt40,000.

All Mini models on show at the event are eligible. Call Millennium Auto Connect at 1286 for more information.

Chevy touts ‘built-in quality’ on eve of Captiva SUV debut

Published August 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Chevy touts ‘built-in quality’ on eve of Captiva SUV debut

Aug 24. 2019
By The Nation

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Production of the new Chevrolet Captiva SUV will commence this month using GM’s globally implemented Built-In-Quality (BIQ) principle and processes at every stage of manufacturing to help assure durability and reliability, General Motors said in a press release on Friday.

The American automaker said its strategic joint venture with SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW) will benefit customers.

It said SGMW’s advanced design, engineering and manufacturing capabilities will make it possible for Chevrolet to bring several new models to Thailand and other markets in coming years.

“Partnering with SGMW provides Chevrolet in Thailand and many other markets with a growing portfolio of world-class vehicles leveraging GM’s global scale and presence,” said Hector Villarreal, president of GM Southeast Asia.

“As the first vehicle born from this collaboration, the All-New Captiva has the honour of jump-starting a new era for Chevrolet in Thailand.”

SGMW implements GM’s BIQ principle on all Chevrolet vehicles. At every stage of manufacturing, from stamping and welding to painting and final assembly, BIQ processes give all vehicles the highest level of quality.

According to GM, this is fundamentally different from the way some other automakers operate, only conducting quality inspections before vehicles leave the line or plant.

GM said this containment approach, known as “quality inspected in”, has several weaknesses. It depends on the ability of quality inspectors to spot problems and requires undoing faults by dismantling and refitting vehicles. To do it that way is time-consuming and costly.

“In the 100-plus years that GM has been producing passenger vehicles, our quality systems and processes have continuously improved,” said Peng Lingchen, SGMW manufacturing operation director.

“Our BIQ principle puts quality in the build process. This ensures that any potential quality issues are addressed in the production process, rather than in the finished product.”

He said a vehicle starts to age the moment the customer takes delivery. How well it ages depends on weather, road conditions, driving style and maintenance, among other variables. Those are parameters no automaker can control.

The Captiva will go on sale soon, starting at less than Bt1 million. GM said it will offer one of the roomiest interiors in the market and be available in five- and seven-seat configurations, topped with a panoramic sunroof.

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