VW seeks to open car plant in Thailand, sources say

April 2, 2014 10:08 CET
VW Group has applied to set up its first car plant in Thailand to help narrow the gap with Toyota in Southeast Asia, people familiar with the matter said. VW sees a "strong market opportunity" in the region CFO Hans Dieter Poetsch said last week.... Read More »



Asia boosts status as production powerhouse

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2014
Where will the bulk of the world's cars be built this year? More than a third of the global total will be manufactured in Asia -- and we're not talking about Japan.... Read More »



Asia flexes status as production powerhouse

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Where will the bulk of the world's cars be assembled this year? More than a third of the global total will be manufactured in Asia -- and we're not talking about Japan.... Read More »


Tata Motors Managing Director Slym dies after Bangkok hotel fall

Jan. 26, 2014 15:19 CET
Tata Motors Managing Director Karl Slym died after falling from a high floor in a Bangkok hotel. The Englishman, who joined Tata in 2012 after a 17-year stint at GM, was in Bangkok for a Tata Motors Thailand board meeting.... Read More »


GM will open Singapore headquarters to back emerging-market thrust

Nov. 13, 2013 08:04 CET
General Motors will open a new headquarters in Singapore headed by former Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby to oversee markets including Southeast Asia and India.... Read More »


Asia's next boom market? Former pariah Myanmar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Proud locals call Thailand the "Detroit of the East" because their country is the auto juggernaut of Southeast Asia.... Read More »


High hopes that Thai-built Mirage will cut it in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Mitsubishi executives are adamant Americans won't care that the Mirage is made in Thailand.... Read More »


First U.S.-bound vehicle exports highlight Thailand's growth as production site

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Mitsubishi Motors Corp.'s newest factory may be a little rough around the edges. But it is doing something never done before. It just started exporting vehicles from this hot, humid, sometimes chaotic Southeast Asian emerging market to the United States. It may be followed by other rivals, as automakers pump up production capacity here and Thai leaders seek to emulate Japan's export-based growth model of past decades.... Read More »



Why sea captains prefer piloting car carriers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2013
Every day, Captain Sharif Ahmed Zahedi peers from the bridge of the massive 12-deck, 57,455-ton Cassiopeia Leader and counts his blessings he's shipping cars. The secret to worry-free sailing in era of marauding pirates, says Zahedi: The gargantuan vehicle transport is too tough for would-be raiders to tackle.... Read More »


U.S. has become a backwater for Mitsubishi

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2013
Mitsubishi's U.S. dealers desperate for compelling new product will instead be getting the Mirage.... Read More »


2014 Mirage: No thrills but a few frills

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 27, 2013
Mitsubishi says its new Mirage small car will fill a niche in the United States auto market for consumers looking for basic, efficient transportation at an affordable price. It's not promising much more than that.... Read More »


Mazda boosts tranny capacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 8, 2013
Mazda Motor Corp. will more than double capacity for its Skyactiv transmissions in two years.... Read More »


Ford to shift Fiesta output to Thailand from Mexico, report says

4:07 pm U.S. ET | May 16, 2013
Ford, moving to ease production constraints in North America, plans to shift output of the Fiesta subcompact from Mexico to Thailand in 2016, The Detroit News reported today.... Read More »


Ford sees Thai operations as export hub for southeast Asia

6:34 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2013
Ford's factories in Thailand are capable of producing eight times more vehicles than it sells. With help from a Thai government program, the automaker plans to make sure the excess capacity doesn't become a liability like at its plants in Europe.... Read More »


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