Thai auto production grows 26% in first half of 2013


Auto production in the first half of this year reached 1.3 million units, an increase of 26 percent year-on-year, according to Surapong Paisitpattanapong, a spokesman for the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI)’s automotive group.

She said that auto production in June was recorded at 217,110 units, an increase of four percent year-on-year. However, it dropped 6.37 percent from the previous year.

Auto production for export in June accounted for 95,139 units or 43 percent of all auto manufacturing, an increase of 5.13 percent, while the number of automobiles produced for export from January through June was 540,303 units, accounting for 40.29 percent of all auto production, an increase of 14.87 percent year-on-year.

Automobile manufacturing for domestic sales last month reached 121,000 units, accounting for 56 percent of overall production, an increase of 3.14 percent year-on-year.

From January through June, some 800,000 vehicles were built, a 59 percent of overall production volume, an increase of 35 percent year-on-year.