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Thailand pushes for next-generation automotive

Mar 07. 2016
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By The Nation

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Thailand has stressed its desire to be the manufacturing hub for eco and hybrid vehicles.
During his meeting with top executives of Japanese auto makers today, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said that these cars would pave way for the manufacturing of high-technology electric and hydrogen-driven vehicles. 
He also stressed the Thai government's focus on low-emission vehicles as well as those that are driven by ethanol and biodiesel.
Attending the "Prime Minister Meets CEOs #2nd Series" today were the executives of Toyota, Isuzu, Nissan and Honda.  
According to Deputy government spokesman Maj-Gen Veerachon Sukonthapatipark, all the Japanese automakers showed their supports to turn Thailand into the manufacturing centre of high-technology vehicles. 
Veerachon said that Toyota planned to manufacture hybrid cars in Thailand, while Isuzu mulled the production of environmental-friendly and hybrid pickup trucks. 
Nissan eyes export-oriented manufacturing of electric cars in Thailand while Honda is turning Thailand into the regional-level research and development centre, Veerachon added. 
During the meeting, Prayut said that automobiles were one of 10 target industries to drive Thailand's economic growth. He also invited the executives to explore investment opportunities in new special economic zones. 

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