2016 Toyota Prius: More Spy Shots, From Thailand Testing

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Future Cars Prototype ThailandThe all-new fourth-generation Toyota Prius is getting closer and closer to launch, as witnessed by an increasing number of spy shots of prototypes testing all over the world. Two weeks ago, a heavily camouflaged Prius was recorded on video fueling up at a North American gas station. Now, new shots of a similar car testing on the streets of a large.

Honda unsure of future after Thailand floods

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The worst flooding in Thailand for 50 years has put the immediate future of the Honda automobile production subsidiary in the country in question. Honda Latest news Green cars Thai Honda Thailand Thailand floodsHonda has issued a statement outlining that it does not have a clear outlook on when production will resume as flooding has continued since October 8, 2011. Production was halted on [.].

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Nissan launches first eco-car in Thailand

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The Thailand eco-car programme requires vehicles to have low fuel consumption of at least 47mpg and CO2 emissions of 120g/km or less – and now Nissan will be the first automaker to launch a saloon car in the country that meets the criteria. Green cars Latest news Nissan eco-cars Nissan Almera Nissan March Thailand Thailand eco-cars

Nissan launches the Almera in Thailand; first sedan under Thai eco-car program

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Nissan Motor (Thailand) Co., The all-new Almera is produced at NMT’s plant in Samutprakarn, Thailand, and is available in six grades, six different colors, from 429,000 baht to 599,000 baht (US$13,879 to US$19,379). NMT), a subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co., launched the new Nissan Almera. With this latest addition to its line-up, NMT will be the first automaker to introduce a sedan under the Thai government’s eco-car program.

Report: Honda to assemble Fit hybrids in Thailand

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plans to assemble the hybrid version of its Fit subcompact in Thailand starting this summer—its first production in Asia of hybrids outside of Japan. The company decided to assemble the vehicle in Thailand, its key production site in Asia, with an eye on exporting it to neighboring nations. The Nikkei reports that Honda Motor Co.

Mazda more than tripling gasoline and diesel SKYACTIV engine production capacity at powertrain plant in Thailand

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Mazda Motor Corporation will increase the annual production capacity of the engine assembly plant at Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., MPMT) in Chomburi, Thailand, to 100,000 units in the first half of 2018. The plant produces SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter clean diesel engines and SKYACTIV-G 1.3-liter gasoline engines, which are shipped to Auto Alliance (Thailand) Co.,

Honda begins assembling Fit Hybrid in Thailand

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Honda Motor has begun assembling and marketing the subcompact Fit Hybrid (Jass Hybrid) in Thailand. Thailand is now the second country outside of Japan (the US was first) in which Honda produces hybrids. The hybrid is assembled at Honda’s plant in Ayutthaya, using core components from Japan. It will be priced at 768,000 baht (US$24,328). Planned sales volume in 10,000 units per year. Honda said it has sold about 150,000 units of the Fit and Jazz hybrid worldwide so far.

Honda introduces new automotive assembly line system: Assembly Revolution Cell Line; first implementation in Thailand

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Honda has named this the Assembly Revolution Cell (ARC) Line and introduced it in Honda’s new Prachinburi Plant in Thailand that became operational in March 2016. Honda Motor Co.

Toyota launches Biodiversity & Sustainability Learning Center to complement Biotope project in Thailand

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Toyota has launched the Toyota Biodiversity and Sustainability Learning Center “Cheewa Panavet” at the Toyota Ban Pho Plant in Thailand. Toyota is cooperating with the Foundation for Environmental Education for Sustainable Development (Thailand) and Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), Ministry of Education, to provide environmental education.

Toyota to expand diesel engine production capacity in Thailand

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Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) engine production subsidiary in Thailand, Siam Toyota Manufacturing Co., With Thailand as a global supply base, diesel engines made at STM will continue to supply vehicle plants in Thailand. STM), will from 2015, expand the production capacity of diesel engines used in Innovative International Multi-purpose Vehicle Project (IMV) series vehicles to meet increasing demand in emerging markets.

Honda resumes production at automobile plant in Thailand

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand has resumed production of automobiles after suspending production since 4 October 2011, due to the damage sustained from the flooding in Thailand. Honda has been supplying automobiles alternatively from Japan to some countries in the Asia Oceania Region including Thailand, which were impacted by the disruption of production due to the flooding.

Honda premiers BRIO urban commuter car in Thailand

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), Honda’s automobile production and sales subsidiary in Thailand, has unveiled the BRIO urban commuter car. The starting price will be 399,900 baht (US$13,300), with an annual sales plan of 40,000 units. The BRIO. Click to enlarge.

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Goes Rallying In Asia

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Mitsubishi has chosen to enter its Outlander Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) in this year''s Asia Cross Country Rally--a grueling event that runs from Thailand to Cambodia over mountains, through forests, across rivers and through swamps.

Mitsubishi the latest to expand into Thailand

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Mitsubishi has become the latest big name automaker to move into Thailand after agreeing on a joint study for fleet testing of electric vehicles in the country. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Mitsubishi Mitsubishi i-MiEV Mitsubishi Thailand ThailandThe company will begin initiatives ahead of the future market introduction of the i-MiEV electric vehicle, while the Thai government is expected to move forward with its Electric [.].

Toyota reveals huge Thailand expansion plans

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Last week we told you how Toyota would take production of its Prius hybrid car to Thailand (see article) and now we have news of further expansions in the country. Green cars Latest news Toyota Thailand Toyota car production Toyota ThailandAccording to the Nikkei, Toyota will increase production capacity to 600,000 vehicles a year by the middle of 2011 – that’s up 20 per cent [.].

Honda Thailand production to begin again

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Japanese carmaker Honda looks set to resume production in Thailand for the first time since major flooding in the country last year. Green cars Honda Latest news green cars ThailandIt is hopeful of being operational again by the end of March, 2012 – with Honda reporting that it is making progress with the restoration of plant facilities and manufacturing equipment. It completed [.].

BioAmber partners with PTTMCC Biochem for PBS production in Thailand

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earlier post ) as its partner for a polybutylene succinate (PBS) plant that will begin construction in Thailand in 2012. BioAmber will build a bio-based succinic acid plant in Thailand and supply PTTMCC with bio-based succinic acid on an exclusive basis. PTTMCC Biochem, a joint venture between PTT PLC and Mitsubishi Chemical, has selected BioAmber Inc.

Nissan introduces new CNG-powered Navara in Thailand

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Nissan introduced the new Nissan Navara CNG, a pick-up truck powered by Nissan’s first bi-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) engine. Locally installed under Nissan manufacturing standard, the new Navara CNG offers high performance and improved fuel efficiency while being fully supported by Nissan’s standard warranty. The new Navara CNG is powered by a QR25DE engine, which generates 154 hp (115 kW) at 5,200 rpm with a maximum torque of 242 N·m (178 lb-ft) at 4,400 rpm.

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Toyota holds line-off ceremony for Prius in Thailand

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Toyota Motor Thailand Co., TMT) held a line-off ceremony today at its Gateway Plant in Chachoengsao Province to mark the start of production of the Prius. The plant is to produce approximately 12,000 units annually, with sales to begin on 30 November 30, priced from 1,190,000 to 1,270,000 baht (US$39,400 to US$42,000).

Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) signs agreement on joint testing of electric vehicles with PTT Public Company Limited

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Mitsubishi Motors Thailand Co., MMTh), Mitsubishi Motor’s subsidiary in Thailand, has agreed to start joint testing of the i-MiEV new-generation electric vehicle (EV) with PTT Public Company Limited (PTT), a natural gas and petroleum company and the largest energy company in Thailand.

AutoAlliance Thailand Inaugurates New Mazda-Ford Passenger Car Plant

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Mazda Motor Corporation and Ford Motor Company inaugurated their new joint venture manufacturing passenger car plant at AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT). The new plant will produce the Mazda2 and Ford Fiesta compact cars for sale in Thailand and export throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The completed passenger car plant increases the total annual production capacity at AAT to 275,000 units (including CKD units).

Honda to unveil new small vehicle prototype at Thailand International Motor Expo

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plans to exhibit the world premiere of a prototype representing the direction of the new small-sized vehicle which is scheduled to be introduced to Thailand and India in 2011, at the 27 th Thailand International Motor Expo 2010 starting 30 November 2010. Building upon the Honda New Small Concept, which was showcased in India (January) and Thailand (March) in 2010 ( earlier post ), this prototype represents vehicle packaging that is closer to the mass-production model.

Thailand aims to double ethanol use

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The use of ethanol as a transport fuel is gradually increasing throughout the world, and now Thailand is hoping to double its ethanol use by 2011. Tags: Biofuels Green cars Latest news E10 E20 E85 ethanol ethanol fuel ethanol use flexible fuel vehicles Thailand The country is already using E10 on a wide scale and beginning in 2008 it began selling E20 before several E85 flexible fuel vehicles were introduced in the country, even [.].

Honda Automobile Thailand uncertain as to when production will resume; flood impact rippling out to other Honda plants

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand (headquarter in the Rojana Industrial Park, Ayutthaya), issued a statement saying that it does not have a clear outlook for when production will resume as flooding on its facilities has continued since 8 October 2011. The flooding in Thailand has been the the worst in 50 years. Honda operations in other regions also are being impacted by the limited parts supply from Thailand.

Honda targeting resumption of production in Thailand by end of March 2012

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), the Honda automobile production subsidiary in Thailand, which experienced damage from the major flooding in the country last year, reports that it expects to resume production by the end of March 2012. Honda’s production operations in the neighboring Asian counties, which suspended or made production adjustments due to the disruption in parts supply from Thailand, have begun resuming production.

Nissan to expand Thailand-based Nissan Technical Center South East Asia (NTCSEA)

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in Thailand. Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co., plans to expand Nissan Technical Center South East Asia (NTCSEA), its regional research and development function, to accelerate Nissan’s R&D activities in the ASEAN region. NTCSEA is the R&D function under Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co., A broadened scope of responsibility, the addition of new facilities and an increase of staff will significantly contribute to better addressing the needs of customers in the region, the company said.

Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) to test popularization of EVs with two Thai power companies

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s (MMC) Thai subsidiary, Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., MMC agreed with the government of Thailand on December 2010 to start a joint study for fleet testing of EVs. Based on the new agreements made this time, through two local electric companies, MMC will start specific testing for the popularization of EVs in Thailand, such as researching acceptability, marketability, as well as the charging infrastructure.

Mazda and Ford JV to Invest $350M to Build Next Generation Compact Pickup Truck in Thailand

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Mazda Motor Corporation and Ford Motor Company’s joint venture, AutoAlliance (Thailand) Co. The US$350 million investment in AAT reinforces Mazda and Ford’s long-term joint commitment to Thailand. Once completed, this will increase Mazda and Ford’s total joint investment in the AutoAlliance Thailand facility to more than US$1.85 —Toshinori Kusuhashi, president, AutoAlliance Thailand.

Thailand enters the Canadian oil sands; Statoil selling 40% interest to PTTEP for US$2.28B

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Statoil has agreed to sell a 40% interest in its oil sands project in Alberta, Canada (Kai Kos Dehseh) to PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP) of Thailand. PTTEP is one of the top ten publicly listed companies on the Stock Exchange of Thailand with a market capitalization of approximately US$20 billion and invests in more than 40 E&P projects across 12 countries with a workforce of around 3,000 employees.

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Honda to build new automobile production plant in Thailand; total capacity to increase to 420,000 units in 2015

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Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., HATC), Honda’s automobile production and sales subsidiary in Thailand, plans to build a new automobile production plant with an annual production capacity of 120,000 units. The new plant will be located within the property that Honda newly acquired in Prachinburi Province (approximately 120km east of Bangkok). With an investment of approximately 17.15

Ford to Invest $450M in New Passenger Vehicle Plant in Thailand

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Ford Motor Company is investing US$450 million (THB 15 billion) in a new passenger vehicle manufacturing plant in Rayong, Thailand, scheduled for completion in 2012. The facility will begin building the next-generation Ford Focus in 2012 for Thailand and other markets in the Asia-Pacific region. Up to 85% of the plant’s production will be for markets outside Thailand.

Toyota Prius production begins in Thailand

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The world’s most popular hybrid car has broken new ground after the Toyota Motor Thailand Company held a line-off ceremony at its Gateway Plant in Chachoengsao Province to mark the start of production. Tags: Green cars Latest news Toyota Hybrid cars Thailand Toyota Motor Thailand Company Toyota Prius Toyota Prius Hybrid

SUVs became the largest and fastest-growing automotive segment in 2015; up 22% from 2014

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The fastest growing SUVs markets in 2014-2015 were: Thailand: +56.4%. Global sales of SUVs surged 22% in 2015, supporting an overall increase in global sales of light vehicles of 1.7% in 2014-2015, according to data released by global market research company Euromonitor International. SUVs overtook lower medium cars to become the largest automotive segment in 2015, accounting for 22.9% of light vehicle sales globally.

GM opens new US$200M diesel engine facility in Thailand; first to produce new 4-cylinder Duramax diesels

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General Motors opened a new diesel engine plant in Rayong, Thailand. The plant has the capability to manufacture approximately 120,000 engines per year for use in vehicles built in Thailand and other global markets. The new powertrain facility takes GM’s investment in Thailand to US$1.3 GM Thailand has also employed environmental-protection processes throughout the facility, including using lighting that consumes 40 percent less energy compared with regular systems.

Thailands BAAC, Bangchak Petroleum to grow oil palm trees for biodiesel

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tonnes of oil palm in Thailand last year. Bangkok Post. Thailand’s Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) and Bangchak Petroleum Plc have teamed up to grow oil palm for a biodiesel project. Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Limited was originally established by the Cabinet of Prime Minister Maj.-Gen. Prem Tinsulanon in the 1980s to operate Thailand’s old Bangchak oil refinery.

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Mitsubishi Motors and the Thai Government to start joint study for fleet testing of i-MiEV; MMC adding third plant in Thailand for global small car production

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and the government of Thailand agreed to start joint study for fleet testing of electric vehicles (EV). MMC, through its local producer and distributor Mitsubishi Motors Thailand (MMTh), will begin initiatives for future market introduction of the i-MiEV.

Thai Airways to fly biofuel passenger flight on 22 Dec

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Project sponsors including PTT Public Company Limited, Aeronautical Radio of Thailand, the Airports of Thailand, Department of Civil Aviation, Rolls-Royce, and Boeing. Thai Airways International will fly its first passenger biofuels flight—the first such in Asia—on 22 December. Flight TG 104 will fly from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, some 700 km north.

More Delays For 2012 Toyota Prius Hybrid: Thai Floods Force Toyota To Slow Production

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The latest disaster to hit Asia this year may have centered on Thailand rather than Japan, but Japanese automaker Toyota has announced that production volumes of its 2012 Toyota Prius hybrid will be directly impacted as its supply chains suffer the effect of the worst floods to hit Thailand for 50 years.

Ben Gurion University of the Negev and Thailands PTT Chemicals in R&D agreement to commercialize proprietary green algae

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PTT) in Thailand have signed a research and development collaboration agreement for commercial development of BGU’s proprietary green algae strain. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the PTT Chemical Public Company Ltd. The agreement is for the production of dihomo gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA- Omega 6) using BGU’s mutant strain of the green microalgae Parietochloris incise.

DENSO and Thai ITS association partner on V2X to ease traffic congestion and reduce CO2 emissions

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DIAT), a DENSO group company in Thailand, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in February 2014 with Thai Intelligent Transport System (ITS). There have been growing expectations for the use of V2X communications among governments and car users to help alleviate traffic congestion and prevent accidents within Thailand. The results of the project will be used in formulating future ITS policies in Thailand. DENSO Corporation and DENSO International Asia Co.