Friday, January 29, 2010

AFG Meeting Report

The Eastern Seaboard’s Automotive Focus Group (AFG) held their first monthly meeting for 2010 at the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya’s function rooms. Now with around 60 members as at the end of 2009, the AFG does represent a sizable voice locally.
Under the leadership of Mike Diamente (Dana), the AFG has grown in numbers, though the members present at the first meeting suggested that the group should attempt to expand even further to take in even more of the automotive manufacturers and parts and associated companies.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

In Lieu of an Actual Blog Post (II)

As I near the end of my current data-gathering trip in China (which has lasted longer than I expected), I anticipate another year or so of analysis and writing. Needless to say, I have neglected my blog in recent months, but I hope to remedy that after my return to the States. My last couple of months have been a mad dash to complete as many interviews as possible, and get out of China before Spring Festival.

In the meantime, here's a link to a short interview I did with Michael McCune of the China Business Network. The content of the intro paragraph doesn't entirely reflect my views (I wouldn't say that BYD, Geely and SAIC-GM are all "full steam ahead" in development of low emission vehicles -- really, only BYD is), and the text says that BYD is in "Tianjin" (it's in Shenzhen). But aside from that, the interview does accurately reflect some of what I have learned over the past year.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Bangkok Post: Market eyes 9% growth

December closed out 2009 with sales of 72,085 new vehicles resulting in record hauls for the month in all major categories and the best year-ending performance in three years.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bangkok Post: Auto output to double

Local automobile production is projected to almost double in the first quarter this year in line with the recovering economy, says Surapong Phaisitpatthanapong, spokesman for Federation of Thai Industries' automobile industry club.

Read the whole story here.

Bangkok Post: FTI: Car exports up 23.86% in Dec

Car exports last month rose to 53,600 units or 23.86% year-on-year, Federation of Thai Industries' Automotive Industry Club spokesman Surapong Paisitpattanapong said.
However,  auto exports in December dropped 58,665 units or 8.63 per cent from November. Last month's export value was 25.21 billion baht, up 41.81 per cent.

Read the whole story here.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Ford & Social Media

In 2009 Ford executives were highly visible in social media. From Twitter Q&As to open discussions on Ford’s Facebook Wall to blogger meet ups to guest blog posts. In 2010 Ford is dedicated to continuing to engage with online influencers, and Ford fans using social media channels.

Ask Ford CEO Alan Mulally!

You can submit a question to @HuffingtonPost for Ford CEO Alan Mulally who will be answering a few reader questions on Monday.

What did YOU always want to ask Mr Mulally? Click here to learn more.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Toyota expects market conditions to improve in 2010

Toyota Australia expects market conditions to improve in 2010, as the economy continues to recover and help lift demand for cars.
There are few negatives on the outlook for the year ahead, Toyota Australia senior executive director of sales and marketing David Buttner says.

Bangkok Post: Small cars take centre stage at Delhi auto show

A host of new small cars were Tuesday set to jostle for attention at the start of the Indian auto show, a showpiece event for compact vehicles in one of the world's fastest growing markets.

Bangkok Post: Hybrid tax breaks tabled

The cabinet yesterday deferred consideration of duty exemptions on parts imported for hybrid cars, pending a broader review of incentives for other types of fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles.

Bangkok Post: Asean integration aids parts makers

Asean integration should help not hinder Thai auto parts makers but the government needs to quickly clear hurdles to growth, say industry executives.