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Honda launches the new tougher-looking, sporty BR-V

Published June 12, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Honda launches the new tougher-looking, sporty BR-V

Breaking News June 10, 2019 20:41

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) on Monday introduced the new Honda BR-V, an active sport crossover vehicle, with a new tough-looking and sporty design.

The Honda BR-V features a new front grille, projector headlights with LED position lights, LED daytime running lights, newly designed fog lights, and sporty alloy wheels with a brand-new design.

The new model also comes in a new Passion Red Pearl colour, and is available with a three-row, seven-seat or a two-row, five-seat cabin configuration with adjustable functionality to meet any lifestyle requirement.

It is powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine that is compatible with E85 fuel and delivers 117 horsepower, plus a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology.

The new Honda BR-V also offers many standard safety features to ensure safe driving under all conditions.

In conjunction with the introduction of the new BR-V, Honda also introduced the “Trade-up to a new Honda BR-V” campaign and a special “Double Smile” campaign for every new Honda BR-V purchase.

The new Honda BR-V is available in two variants: the SV variant, which is priced at Bt835,000, and the V variant, priced at Bt765,000.

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The SUV that feels like a sports car

Published June 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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The SUV that feels like a sports car

Auto & Audio June 08, 2019 12:07

By Kingsley Wijayasinha
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Redesigned Porsche Cayenne Coupe boasts a more dynamic design as well as improved driving dynamics – and three choices for engine power

Porsche has been highly successful in the global market, including Thailand, with its Cayenne SUV model.

While many may have wondered why on earth a famous sportscar manufacturer like Porsche would build an SUV with five seats, the strategy did what it was designed to do when the first Cayenne was launched two decades ago. The model introduced Porsche to a new market and was able to open up a much larger group of buyers, generating huge profits for the company.

In Thailand today the Cayenne is probably the most popular Porsche – you can see them every day on our roads. The German sportscar brand has become a household name for those who want a luxury SUV fit for the family (which is definitely more likely to get a spouse’s approval than a two-seater sports car like the 911).

Now in its third generation, the Cayenne offers a sportier look much improved over the standard version. Porsche calls it the Cayenne Coupe – it still has five doors, though, and competes against similar models from Audi (the Cayenne shares the same platform as the Q8), BMW (the X6 was the first model of this sort) and Mercedes-Benz (GLE).

To my eyes and those of many others, the Cayenne Coupe looks spectacular, boasting a more dynamic design as well as improved driving dynamics, along with a bunch of updated features compared to the standard model.

To begin with, the Cayenne Coupe’s sportier design comes from a steeper roofline and shallower windscreen/A-pillar. Porsche says that the roof edge has been lowered by 20 millimetres while the redesigned rear doors and wings broaden the shoulder of the vehicle by 18mm, giving it a muscular appearance.

Apart from the fixed roof spoiler, there is also an additional adaptive rear spoiler that pops up at 90km/h and above to increase the downforce on the rear axle. A huge panoramic fixed-glass roof is standard, but a contoured carbon roof (21kg lighter) like the 911 GT3 RS can be ordered along with the Lightweight package.

The lightweight and sport packages feature glossy black, carbon (or vehicle colour) exterior parts such as air intakes, wheel arch mouldings, side skirts and a rear apron. Inside, you get classic checkered fabric for the seat centres, Alcantara roof lining and steering wheel.

The interior is similar to the standard Cayenne and comes with a large number of features you’d expect from a premium manufacturer, including Burmester or BOSE sound systems.

The front seats are comfortable and allow for long journeys without back pain, but given the grip offered by the suspension, more side support would be welcome.

Customers can specify whether they want the individual two-seat layout or regular three-seat layout at the rear, plus lots of upholstery choices. The rear seats can be folded to increase luggage space from 625 litres to 1,540 litres (a foot-activated comfort access is offered).

The dashboard features a rev counter in the middle and 7-inch full HD screens on each side, while above the centre console is a 12.3-inch full HD touchscreen that offers tablet features.

Despite the lower roof height, the seats in the Cayenne Coupe are 30mm lower than the standard model, so there is still plenty of headroom, although rear passengers will feel somewhat limited for headroom due to the design (which also happens with the BMW X6 or Mercedes GLE). In general, there is no problem regarding space – in fact the Coupe is longer than the standard model, although it doesn’t appear as bulky thanks to the clever design. However this is not an SUV you want to use for maximum loading capacity, but rather for style and performance.

The Cayenne is available with three engine choices ranging from a 340hp turbocharged V6 for the Cayenne, 440hp V6 twin turbo for the Cayenne S (newly developed) and the 550hp V8 twin turbo for the Cayenne Turbo.

While the standard Cayenne Coupe does 0-100km/h in six seconds, the S cuts it down to five seconds while the Turbo does it in 3.9 seconds (which sounds more like a 911’s performance). Top speeds are claimed at 243km/h, 263km/h and 286km/h.

I had a chance to drive all three during a media event in Austria last week, and although there weren’t any autobahns to get the speed up, the winding roads offered an opportunity for the Cayenne Coupe to display its roadholding prowess.

Despite its size, the Cayenne Coupe gets through tight corners with more authority and speed than regular large SUVs. The steering is the sharpest in class and despite the 2-tonne body weight, the Cayenne Coupe glides through corners like a much lighter vehicle, with minimal body roll.

There are loads of drive programmes to fiddle with, including off-road, even though the Cayenne Coupe doesn’t look like a vehicle you want to get dirty in at all. Maybe some light off-roading perhaps, but nothing serious that could scratch the beautiful paint! With the country roads we were driving on, I didn’t even bother using sport modes. There was plenty of power on tap, especially with the Turbo, which breathes fire and is ridiculously fast.

Personally I was never a fan of the Cayenne, which is bulky, fuel-thirsty and totally fills up the road. But the Coupe version somehow takes away that spell with its dynamic profile and performance – because it still feels like a sports car. Unfortunately, pricing will be higher than for the Cayenne when it is officially launched here later this year, but at this price range, people are willing to spend more to get what suits them best.

Porsche Cayenne Coupe specs

Displacement: 2,995cc

Bore and stroke: 84.5×89.0

Compression ratio: 11.2:1

Max power: 340ps/5,300-6,400rpm

Max torque: 450Nm/1,340-5,300rpm

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Ratios: 5.00/3.20/2.14/1.72/1.31/1.00/0.82/0.64

Final drive ratio: 3.21

0-100kmh: 6.0 secs

Top speed: 243km/h

Average fuel economy: 10.6km/litre

Average CO2: 212-215g/km

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

Steering: powered rack-and-pinion

Turning circle: 12.1 metres

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

Dimensions (mm)

Length: 4,931

Width: 1,983

Height: 1,676

Wheelbase: 2,895

Track (f/r): 1,674/1,671

Weight: 2,030kg

Wheels: 20-inch alloys

Tyres: 275/45 ZR20 (front)/305/40 ZR 20 (rear)

Fuel tank capacity: 75 litres

Distributor: AAS Auto Service Co Ltd (Porsche Thailand)

Mercedes-Benz launches local version of C 300 PHEV

Published June 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Mercedes-Benz launches local version of C 300 PHEV

Auto & Audio June 07, 2019 16:46

By The Nation

Mercedes-Benz has launched the local production version of the C 300 e PHEV (Plugin Electric Hybrid Vehicle) priced from Bt2.699 million to Bt3.215 million, the company said in a press release on Friday.

They are equipped with a new 13.5 kWh Li-ion battery with 111 per cent increase in capacity compared to the previous battery generation. It takes one hour and 50 minutes to recharge from 10 per cent of battery capacity to full via a Mercedes wall box charger.

Mercedes-Benz (Thailand) Ltd president Roland Folger said by 2030, half of Mercedes global car sales will be made up of PHEVs and BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles).

He said: “This year, we will continue crystallising and integrating concepts of advanced mobility and eco-friendly lifestyles into our products and services.

“In terms of products, we want to reiterate our reputation as a pathfinder in electric vehicle innovations as we continue to offer our customers performance and luxury from Mercedes-Benz, while at the same time, significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions per vehicle.”

EVs on the way to dominating global car and bus sales by 2040, research firm forecasts

Published June 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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EVs on the way to dominating global car and bus sales by 2040, research firm forecasts

Auto & Audio June 04, 2019 20:24

By The Nation

Electric vehicles, or EVs, are on track to dominate global sales of passenger cars and buses by 2040, and to encroach significantly on the market for vans and short-distance trucking, according to the latest forecast from research firm BloombergNEF (BNEF).

The firm announced in a press conference that based on analysis of the evolving economics in different vehicle segments and geographical markets, BNEF’s “Electric Vehicle Outlook 2019” shows electrics taking up 57 per cent of global passenger car sales by 2040, slightly higher than it forecast a year ago.

Electric buses are set to hold 81 per cent of municipal bus sales by the same date.

For the first time, BNEF has incorporated in its forecast detailed work on the commercial vehicle market.

These projections show electric models taking 56 per cent of light commercial vehicle sales in Europe, the US and China within the next two decades, plus 31 per cent of the medium commercial market.

Heavy trucks will prove the hardest segment for electrics to crack, with the latter’s sales limited to 19 per cent in 2040. Their use case will mostly be in shorter-distance applications.

However, conventional heavy trucks on long-haul routes will also face other, non-electric competition – from alternatives using natural gas and hydrogen fuel cells.

Colin McKerracher, head of advanced transport for BNEF, on Tuesday said: “Our conclusions are stark for fossil fuel use in road transport. Electrification will still take time because the global fleet changes over slowly but, once it gets rolling in the 2020s, it starts to spread to many other areas of road transport. We see a real possibility that global sales of conventional passenger cars have already passed their peak.”

The role of shared mobility services such as ride-hailing and car-sharing will be important in this evolving picture.

These services account for less than 5 per cent of all passenger miles travelled globally at the moment, but this is set to rise to 19 per cent by 2040.

The BNEF team does not expect autonomous driving to have an impact on global transport and energy patterns until the 2030s.

The main driver for the electrification trend over the next 20 years will be further sharp reductions in EV battery costs, making electric cars cheaper than internal-combustion-engine alternatives by the mid-to-late 2020s in almost every market, on the basis of both lifetime costs and upfront costs.

Since 2010, the average cost of lithium-ion batteries per kilowatt-hour has fallen by 85 per cent on a mixture of manufacturing economies of scale and technology improvements, BNEF added.

EVs on way to dominating car, bus sales

Published June 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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EVs on way to dominating  car, bus sales

Auto & Audio June 04, 2019 18:53

By   THE NATION

ELECTRIC VEHICLES, or EVs, are on track to dominate global sales of passenger cars and buses by 2040, and to encroach significantly on the market for vans and short-distance trucking, according to the latest forecast from research firm BloombergNEF (BNEF).

The firm announced in a press conference that based on analysis of the evolving economics in different vehicle segments and geographical markets, BNEF’s “Electric Vehicle Outlook 2019” shows electrics taking up 57 per cent of global passenger car sales by 2040, slightly higher than it forecast a year ago. Electric buses are set to hold 81 per cent of municipal bus sales by the same date.

For the first time, BNEF has incorporated in its forecast detailed work on the commercial vehicle market.

These projections show electric models taking 56 per cent of light commercial vehicle sales in Europe, the US and China within the next two decades, plus 31 per cent of the medium commercial market.

Heavy trucks will prove the hardest segment for electrics to crack, with the latter’s sales limited to 19 per cent in 2040. Their use case will mostly be in shorter-distance applications.

However, conventional heavy trucks on long-haul routes will also face other, non-electric competition – from alternatives using natural gas and hydrogen fuel cells.

Colin McKerracher, head of advanced transport for BNEF, on Tuesday said: “Our conclusions are stark for fossil fuel use in road transport. Electrification will still take time because the global fleet changes over slowly but, once it gets rolling in the 2020s, it starts to spread to many other areas of road transport. We see a real possibility that global sales of conventional passenger cars have already passed their peak.” The role of shared mobility services such as ride-hailing and car-sharing will be important in this evolving picture.

These services account for less than 5 per cent of all passenger miles travelled globally at the moment, but this is set to rise to 19 per cent by 2040.

The BNEF team does not expect autonomous driving to have an impact on global transport and energy patterns until the 2030s.

The main driver for the electrification trend over the next 20 years will be further sharp reductions in EV battery costs, making electric cars cheaper than combustion-engine alternatives.

Many hurdles to clear for e-vehicle hub

Published June 3, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Many hurdles to clear for e-vehicle hub

Auto & Audio June 03, 2019 01:00

By KWANCHAI RUNGFAPAISARN
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THAILAND needs to overcome many challenges to make the country a manufacturing hub for electric vehicles, experts said.

Speaking at a seminar on “Electric Vehicles: Technology that changes the world” held on Friday by Krungthep Turakij newspaper, experts from both the public and private sectors urged the government to build trust among Thai customers towards using electric vehicles as individual buyers are quite concerned about their viability due to higher prices compared to fuel and gas vehicles.

The installation of electric vehicle charging stations should be expanded to allow drivers of electric vehicles greater convenience in finding power sources on the road.

Chatri Limpongsai, executive director at the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI), said that the BOI operated as a government agency under the Office of the Prime Minister. Its responsibility is to provide tax incentives and facilitation by granting tax and non-tax incentives to individual manufacturers in order to stimulate investments.

“Automobile is one of the business sectors we are focusing on to offer investment privileges,” said Chatri.

He added that the BOI had started offering investment privileges for electric vehicles since 2017 in keeping with the government’s policy to promote S-curve businesses as a strategic move to raise the economic level of Thailand.

Since 2017, five hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) projects have been submitted to the BOI for investment privileges and four projects had already been approved. Eight plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) projects also have been submitted to the BOI and four of them have already been approved.

About 20 battery electric vehicle (BEV) projects have been submitted to the BOI and one has been approved. About 11 electric vehicle battery projects have been submitted to the BOI of which 10 have been approved. Eight electric vehicle charging station projects have been submitted to the BOI and one has been approved.

Chatri said that these projects would have to start commercial operations within three years of being approved by the BOI.

Nattakorn Uthensut, director of the Tax Planning Office at the Excise Department, said that the number of electric vehicles had increased significantly in many countries around the world.

“There are more than two million electric vehicles and more than 100,000 charging stations in China today, and about 1.3 million in Europe,” he said, adding that there will be two types of charging for electric vehicles – quick charging and slow charging. Quick charging will take only half an hour, while slow charging will take up to six hours.

Nattakorn said the growth of demand for electric vehicles was in line with environmental concerns of many communities around the world and the urgent need to find an appropriate solution to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, a major cause of the global warming problem.

“In the US, they give US$7,500 subsidy for every new electric vehicle purchased for use in the country. In European countries, they have provided a subsidy package of up to between Bt200,000 and Bt300,000 on average to individual buyers to boost electric vehicle sales,” Nattakorn.

He said the starting prices of electric vehicles, however, are quite high in Thailand – at between Bt1 million and Bt2 million – compared to between Bt600,000 and Bt700,000 each for gasoline vehicles on average.

Nattakorn said that in Thailand, the Excise Department has provided tax incentives to manufacturers of electric vehicles. They will enjoy excise tax at as low as 2 per cent, and excise tax will be zero for those who can begin manufacturing operations between 2020 and 2022. The measure runs from 2018 to 2025.

He added that manufacturers who wish to claim the excise tax incentive, however, need to have the BOI promotional privileges. They are required to use batteries assembled or produced locally, within five years.

Nattakorn said that the current prices of EV batteries are between Bt200,000 and Bt300,000 on average and they have about a seven-year lifetime.

“The key problem for the development of the electric vehicle industry in Thailand is the small number of charging stations. We also have a problem of battery localisation. The cost of EV batteries is quite high. To support the government policy to make Thailand a hub for manufacturing electric vehicles in the region, having a good battery management system is quite significant,” he said.

“Another problem is consumer confidence, especially the difficulty in finding charging locations, the charging period, as well as the high battery prices. The prices of electric cars must be lower than today,” said Nattakorn.

Buiding investor confidence

Nattakorn said that to build confidence among investors, the government’s policy and investment direction towards electric vehicles must be clear. They should grant non-tariff measures along with tariff measures to promote electric vehicles.

Vitcha Chakornpipat, research and development director at the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), said that the MEA has been using electric vehicles at its operations since 2011.

“We are the organisation with the highest number of electric vehicles in Thailand,” he said, adding that the MEA today has about 16 battery electric vehicles as well as 10 electric vehicle charging stations for testing.

“We have conducted a technical study on those electric vehicles and the possibility of them driving in real situation, as well as safety issues,” said Vitcha. “We found that the electric vehicles being tested at MEA had no problem over the past seven to eight years. The expense on electricity per kilometre is cheaper than fuel of any brand, and cheaper than gas in some models,” he noted.

Vitcha said that the only problem is that there is no central standard at the moment for the instalment of charging stations.

“We [MEA] try to promote a central standard for the instalment of chargers in the market. Within the next year, we plan to expand quick-charging stations for electric vehicles to all 18 areas for which the MEA is responsible,” he said, adding that the MEA had also launched an MEA EV application to help EV drivers find the nearest charging station. There are currently more than 1,000 charging stations for electric vehicles being installed by the private sector.

“I myself will be driving an electric vehicle if the price were affordable,” said Vitcha.

Dusit Anantarak, acting expert on guidance and warning for the industrial sector, the Office of Industrial Economics, said that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had told the United Nations climate-change summit in Paris that the Thai government was committed to achieving its target of lowering greenhouse gas emissions by between 20 and 25 per cent by 2030.

“In the car manufacturing industry in Thailand, as much as 50 per cent of the manufacturing capacity is targeted for exports. So, vehicle manufacturing should be in line with the global trend, which is sustainable mobility,” he said.

Dusit said that the BOI has started giving promotional privileges for electric vehicles since May 2017 and nine car manufacturers had already received such privileges. Two of them have already manufactured and distributed hybrid electric vehicles.

“There are currently about 370 models of vehicles with internal combustion engine in Thailand, and these vehicles release a high amount of CO2. However, there are only 40 models for hybrid electric vehicles, 48 models under BOI’s eco-car 1 project and another 27 models under eco-car 2. There are also 33 models for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and one model for battery electric vehicle,” he said.

“This is a major challenge on how to make all the vehicles manufactured and distributed in Thailand to be zero-emission,” added Dusit.

“We believe that there will be about 20,000 units of electric vehicle being distributed into the market this year, which will account for about 4 per cent of the total passenger car market,” he noted, adding that it will be in line with the global trend of electric vehicles making up about 48 per cent of the total vehicle market by 2030. Dusit said that vehicle manufacturers in Thailand should be able to transform their eco-car facilities to electric vehicles.

“The government should promote the manufacturing of core-technology parts and encourage consumers to access electric vehicles at affordable prices. The development of electric vehicles, especially battery and plug-in hybrid vehicles, will help the country to promote its electricity development network as well,” he said.

Yossapong Laoonual, president of Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT), said that the excise tax charged for eco-car manufacturers is at 12 per cent currently. However, the excise tax has been reduced to only 2 per cent for electric vehicles. It is also quite encouraging for manufacturers to transfer their production facilities from eco- to electric vehicles.

He said that Thailand should be an important manufacturing base for electric vehicles, as the government’s incentive policy is quite encouraging.

“We would like to have a turnkey research and development on electric vehicle technology in the country so that Thailand can be a hub for manufacturing and exporting of electric vehicles to potential markets around the world,” he said.

Yossapong said that Thailand’s electric vehicle market grew by nearly two times to more than 10,000 units last year. There are nine different models of electric vehicles for selling in Thailand this year. He said that the electric vehicles should not be limited to only passenger cars but also other vehicles, such as electric scooters, electric buses, and tuk tuks.

Ertiga, a car for a growing family

Published June 3, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Ertiga, a car for a growing family

Auto & Audio June 01, 2019 12:54

By Kingsley Wijayasinha

Suzuki’s MPV fits when you’ve outgrown the Swift and boasts roomy comfort for those upcountry jaunts

Small car expert Suzuki has been highly successful in the Thai market thanks to products that suit customer preferences.

While the Swift eco car has been its biggest hit, Suzuki also offers other types of “small” vehicles, including MPVs (multi purpose vehicles) like the Ertiga.

The Ertiga, which is made in Indonesia (the largest MPV market in this region), is priced at Bt655,000 for the GL and Bt695,000 for the GX featured today.

In many cases the Ertiga is actually the next step for Swift owners, Suzuki hopes. As Swift owners mature, get married and have children, the good old eco car may not be adequate for the whole family, which usually includes in-laws too, particularly in Asian countries. Here is where the Ertiga fits in – while the pricing is below Bt700,000, which is highly affordable – it offers a bunch of features, including a total of seven seats.

Those who prefer funky designs may shy away from the Ertiga (The Toyota Sienta is more eye-catching and the Mitsubishi Xpander looks like it comes from space), which has been designed with a more elegant and luxurious styling.

The Ertiga comes with smart entry system and a new remote unit that replaces the elliptical-shaped remote offered for all models in the past. The interior features good-looking wood trim and has pretty conventional design. There are also chrome door handles both inside and out.

Despite being a small MPV, there’s still plenty of space with good legroom and headroom. The third-row seats can be folded completely flat to give you 550 litres of luggage space. For more carrying capacity, fold the second row seats (with 240mm slide and recline function) and you get as much as 803 litres. The floor of the luggage compartment can be opened for additional covered storage.

The flat-bottomed wood/leather multifunction steering wheel has controls for the audio system and mobile phone, and appears pretty sporty. There is an infotainment system with Bluetooth plus information display screen with vehicle and trip data.

There are 10 bottle/cup holders located around the cabin, along with a front USB port and two 12V outlets for the front and rear. Rear passengers also get additional overhead air-conditioning with fan speed control.

The dual cupholders in the centre console also come with air vents to cool the drinks. When there are no drinks to cool, you can close the vents and redirect all airflow to the air-con vents. Brilliant.

The four-cylinder, 16-valve engine pumps out 105 horsepower and 138Nm of torque, and is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, delivering an average fuel economy of 15.9km/litre (in real life I averaged about 13km/litre which is acceptable for a 1.1-tonne vehicle).

It’s easy to notice when the variable valve system kicks in, giving the Ertiga decent acceleration. Its strength is in the city, though – raise the speed on the highway and things start getting shaky.

The steering is pretty firm and the suspension doesn’t feel sloppy like many small MPVs, which is a surprise. The damping system works well too, soaking up shock from speed bumps and potholes effectively. The Ertiga maintains good stability while cornering too, making life easier for the driver.

But at 120km/h and above, MPVs like the Ertiga start to feel the aerodynamic downside due to their boxy profile. The effect from strong crosswinds can feel amplified, and wind noise is also more noticeable.

In terms of safety, there are dual front airbags, ABS brakes with Brake Assist, ESP (Electronic Stability Control), Hill Hold Control, two child seat anchors and seatbelts for all seven occupants. Unfortunately there are only audible parking sensors – the rear-view camera seems to be missing.

The Ertiga’s goal is to secure customers for Suzuki after they have grown out of the Swift age range and enter family life. Apart from seating for seven and lots of carrying capacity that makes it good for upcountry trips, the Ertiga also offers an improved ride quality over the previous model, and comes with the right amount of features for its price range.

Suzuki Ertiga GX AT

Engine: 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve

Displacement: 1,462cc

Bore and stroke: 74x86mm

Compression ratio: 10.5:1

Max power: 105ps/6,000rpm

Max torque: 138Nm/4,400rpm

Transmission: 4-speed automatic

Ratios: 2.875/1.568/1.000/0.696

Final drive ratio: 4.278

Average fuel economy: 15.9km/litre

Average CO2: 146g/km

Suspension (f/r): McPherson strut, coil springs/torsion beam, coil springs

Steering: powered rack-and-pinion

Turning circle: 10.4 metres

Brakes (f/r): vented disc/disc

Dimensions (mm)

Length: 4,395

Width: 1,735

Height: 1,690

Wheelbase: 2,740

Track (f/r): 1,510/1,520

Weight: 1,135kgs

Wheels: 15-inch steel

Tyres: 185/65 R15

Fuel tank capacity: 45 litres

Price: Bt695,000

Distributor: Suzuki Motor Thailand Co Ltd

Thai Rent A Car to launch sales service

Published May 31, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Thai Rent A Car to launch sales service

Auto & Audio May 29, 2019 17:14

By The Nation

Thai Rent A Car Corporation Co Ltd says it has rolled out a new project, Car Go Thailand with over Bt400 million.

Thai Rent A Car Corporation Co Ltd says it has rolled out a new project, Car Go Thailand with over Bt400 million.

Car Go is offering hundreds of used cars together with exclusive services to address the demands of every group of customers.

It is expected to generate an additional Bt1 billion to strengthen the performance of Thai Rent A Car, the firm said.

Car Go CEO Thanabodi Chinwattanaporn said Car Go targets to achieve 2,000 car sales per year, worth up to Bt1 billion.

Thanachart Bank pushes hire-purchase loans for 2019

Published May 28, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Thanachart Bank pushes hire-purchase loans for 2019

Auto & Audio May 27, 2019 14:28

By The Nation

Under its new “Drive Your Progress” campaign, Thanachart Bank aims to approve new hire-purchase loans worth up to Bt190 billion in 2019 by launching its latest campaign, the bank’s executive vice president Pompet Rasanon said on Monday.

He added that the bank had met its first-quarter target for increased approval of hire-purchase loans, and is optimistic that the year-end target of Bt450 for all outstanding hire-purchase loans would be met.

Currently, the bank has a 30-per cent share for hire-purchase loan values in the marketplace, Pompet said.

Thai auto sales increase by 8.7% in April, says Toyota

Published May 25, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Thai auto sales increase by 8.7% in April, says Toyota

Auto & Audio May 24, 2019 15:50

By The Nation

Thai auto sales in April reached 86,076 units, up 8.7 per cent compared to the corresponding month last year, according to figures from Toyota Motor Thailand (TMT).

Passenger car sales in April were 34,931 units, an increase of 16.9 per cent while commercial vehicle sales were 51,145 units, up 3.7 per cent.

TMT vice president Paveena Nantikulvanich said growth came from increased popularity of new models and promotions launched at the Bangkok Motor Show.

She said during the first four months of 2019, total auto sales reached 349,625 units, equivalent to a growth of 10.5 per cent compared to the same period last year.

“The passenger car market grew by 14.6 per cent and the commercial vehicle market grew by 8 per cent during this period,” she said. “Popularity in new and minor change models introduced since the start of the year has been a motivation for consumers in purchasing a new vehicle.”

Paveena said auto sales in May are expected to maintain growth.

“The tourism sector and public consumption has been expanding continuously, which benefits the economy, and this is another positive factor for the automobile market,” she said. “Although the China-US trade conflict may create some concern and affect consumer confidence, we believe that it wouldn’t affect the auto market significantly.”

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