Thai automotive manufacturers jubilant as car sales break record


BANGKOK, Dec 25 – Thailand made another historic record with skyrocketing sales of 1.3 million cars in the first 11 months of this year, an automotive industrialist said today.

Vudhigorn Suriyachantananond, senior vice president of Toyota Motor Thailand, said the newest record, representing a 74.7 per cent increase compared to the corresponding period of last year, is broken down into 601,000 sedans or a 79.7 per cent increase, and 690,000 cars for commercial purposes or a 70.5 per cent increase. Cars for commercial purposes are mainly pick-up trucks.

The car sales volume in November alone reached 148,000 units, representing a great leap by 477 per cent – the highest sales volume per month in history. The sales of sedans (77,700 units) were five times higher and cars for commercial purposes (70,500 units) were four times higher than in November last year.

During the Thailand Motor Show in Bangkok early this month, consumers reserved more than 85,000 sedans and vehicles for commercial purposes.