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News coming through that SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation) and CP (Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand owners of 7-Eleven) will be bringing another new vehicle to the Thai marketplace next year.  This will be the Maxus Datong V80 powered by a 2.5 liter diesel engine.

There are future plans to build this vehicle here, provided they can create a big enough dent in the sales of the Toyota Hi-Ace Commuter.  The sales figure that the conglomerate expects to reach are 1,000 vehicles in 2014 and 1,800 in 2015.

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The SAIC/CP group are also producing the MG vehicles here in the Hemaraj Estate on the Eastern Seaboard with the capacity for 50,000 cars a year.

With a projected 20 new dealers for 2014 to cover these two products, perhaps we will be able to put the down payment through your local 7-Eleven.