By The Nation
The new MG ZS, the world’s first Thai language-enabled smart car with i-Smart system, proved especially popular, receiving over 3,000 orders in just a month since its November 2017 launch, said a Thursday press release from the company.
MG’s impressive 45 per cent increase in combined car sales compared to 2016 included 6,033 sales of the trendy MG3 model, 2,328 of the MG GS, 2,451 of the MG5, 433 of the MG6, and 768 of the new MG ZS.
Other achievements for SAIC Motor-CP Co Ltd and MG Sales (Thailand) Co Ltd in 2017 included December’s opening of a brand new eco-friendly Bt10-billion production plant, located on a 437-rai (70-hectare) plot of land at the Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate 2 Chonburi. Featuring the latest automations and intelligent robotics, along with a maximum production capacity of 100,000 vehicles per year, MG hopes that the plant in Chonburi will become a global production hub for right-hand-drive MG vehicles for not only Thailand and Asean, but also for other markets around the world.
Pongsak Lertrudeewattanawong, vice-president of MG Sales (Thailand) Co, Ltd said: “It’s been a successful year for MG in Thailand, and our hard work and dedication has really paid off. MG’s strong growth is partly due to Thai people becoming more aware of the trustworthiness of MG as a high quality, luxury British brand with exceptional after-sales service. We go above and beyond with our ‘passion service’ maintenance programme, offering a 4-year or 120,000-kilometre warranty, 24-hour roadside assistance and MG call centre.
“In the coming year, the Thai economy is likely to see 4 per cent growth due to an increase in the industries of imports and travel, which will have a knock-on effect in car sales, with approximately 950,000 more cars being sold,” said Pongsak in the press release.
“The Thai market in particular will see an increase in interest in multipurpose cars and ‘smart’ cars. Internet cars will also become popular in the coming years, and as MG was the first company to invent the Internet car, we are ideally positioned to capitalise on this growing market. In the future, MG vehicles will be built inspired by SAIC Motor’s four main principles: alternative energy, autonomous drive system, Internet system, and car sharing. We also plan to expand our number of MG dealerships in Thailand from 80 to 120 in 2018, in order to strengthen our position in the market,” Pongsak said.