October auto sales hit record high, over 200% increase

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BANGKOK, Nov 27 – Thailand’s auto sales in October totalled 142,839 units, up 233.2 per cent, a new record high, according to Wuttikorn Suriyachantananont, executive vice president of Toyota Motors (Thailand).

Total sales included 72,211 passenger cars, 70,628 commercial vehicles, and 61,391 one-tonne pickup trucks.

The considerable year-on-year sales increase was in part due to last year’s auto sales being impacted by the devastating flood. The government’s first car buyer scheme and automakers’ return-to-normal manufacture capacity also contributed to record high sales.

Toyota recorded the highest sales at 49,055 units, followed by Honda at 21,265 units and Isuzu at 20,170 units.

Culminated sales in from January to October this year were 1.1 million units, 60.2 per cent year-on-year growth. Passenger car growth accounted for 62 per cent.

Toyota recorded top sales at 429,806 units, followed by Isuzu at 170,173 units and Honda at 127,709 units.

The auto market is likely to remain robust until the end of this year due to potential customers’ right to buy their first car under the government scheme to encourage car ownership and increased auto production capacity.