BANGKOK, 17 January 2014 In 2013, Thailand managed to produce 2.45 million automobiles, the most it had done so in 52 years – putting the country on the list of top 10 automobile producers in the world.
Surapong Paisitpattanapong, spokesman of the automotive industry group of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), revealed that 2013 was the best year for the Thai automotive industry, as the country managed to produce 2.45 million automobiles – the highest in 52 years.
Mr. Surapong stated that the political protests did nothing to deter the sales figures, as the number of vehicles sold have steadily decreased after the government’s first-car policy came to an end.
However, last December saw a 28.22% decline in production compared to the year earlier due to less demand for first-car buyers under the government’s scheme.
December 2013 exports, on the other hand, have increased by 1.93% compared to the same period of the year before, with around 40 billion baht worth of revenue.