Friday, August 24, 2012

AFG Meeting with Andrew Durieux

Yesterday, 25 AFG members joined Andrew Durieux's brilliant presentation about AEC 2015 which you can download here. The team from Amari Orchid organized a splendid setting and provided excellent service – thank you very much.

For more details (and a synopsis) check out Doc Iain's article in Pattaya Mail by clicking here.




The 'bonus presentation' about Myanmar and it's Automotive Industry an be downloaded here.

Monday, August 20, 2012

TUV SUD builds B20m testing lab


The local unit of the German testing specialist TUV SUD has launched a new automotive testing laboratory here, which it hopes will maintain the company's two-digit growth in the sector.

TUV SUD PSB (Thailand) has invested 20 million baht in a 400-square-metre automotive laboratory in the Thailand Science Park in Pathum Thani province, where the company is located, said general manager Boey Kok Fai.

The new laboratory will focus on international-standard testing of components including tyres and wheels.

"We expect revenue growth for our automotive business, which is a third of our total business, to grow by double digits this year. Thailand is a very big market for us. There are lots of original equipment manufacturers here and they are more or less trying to look for local suppliers," said Mr Boey.

Check out the full article here

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thailand Automotive Sales H1 2012

Total domestic car sales during January to June mark a new record in Thailand auto industry with a total 606,523 of vehicles were sold with 40.4% increase compared to the previous year. The growth is classified into that of 46.3% rise in commercial vehicles and 33.1% in passenger cars. Please find below the sales figures for the Thai Auto Industry for the first half of 2012.










Thursday, August 9, 2012

Top 5 Automotive News Stories of 2012

The Toyota Gas Pedal Malfunction and Recall When off-duty Police Officer Mark Saylor and three members of his family were killed in a collision as passengers a Toyota Lexus ES 350 sedan that was uncontrollably accelerating down a California Highway, it attracted attention. The cause of the horrible accident was an apparent flaw in the design of the Lexus' gas pedal. This was only one of several stories that, when considered together, painted an eerily similar story of acceleration issues in multiple Toyota models. As horrible as this would be in taken as it is, the story continued to worsen as a former Toyota lawyer reported that the company first ignored the problem when it was reported, and then tried to cover it up. To date, according to one safety research firm, there have been more than 34 sudden acceleration deaths in Toyotas, more than any other car maker.
The 2009 Tesla Roadster Hits the Market Tesla put out the two-seater electric powered sports car this year with a single speed a transmission that can do 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, seamlessly, and that has a sleek front end and smooth, and contoured rear end that reach as far as the rear wheel wells.
China Becomes the New Automotive Superpower Trends in auto sales generally tell a great deal about the direction the economy of a country is taking. In 2009, fourteen years ahead of schedule, China overtook the USA in projected car purchases for the year, making it the world's largest car market.
The Release of the 2009 Honda FXC This alternative energy vehicle uses hydrogen as fuel, propelled by an electric engine that runs on electricity from hydrogen powered FXC fuel cell stacks. At 267 miles, it drives a distance of 50 miles more than any other competitor's hybrid equivalent, making it the perfect car for city-to-work driving. Also, as the first practical option of fuel cell cars that is designed to withstand sub-zero temperatures, and that has a top speed of 93 mile an hour, it has been well received by consumers.
The Dodge Viper is Vapor Last year saw the end of the Viper, the American sports car icon, and they decided it would go out in style. With the help of Fiat (the Italian carmaker Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) they announced that they would be ending the series with several encore models that would be available to Viper customers. Several of them took advantage of this last chance opportunity to help design their own custom Vipers, with some memorable results. The last one off the line, a 2010 Viper SRT10 Coupe, was the most striking example. It was painted dark gunmetal graphite with copper racing stripes, aluminum five spoke wheels, and bronze leather interior, and ended things with a bang.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Automotive News - All You Need To Know About Cars

Automotive News - All You Need To Know About CarsAutomobile manufacturers all over the world constantly maintain positive sale performances this year regardless of rising oil prices. Not even the horrible earthquake in Japan which happened earlier this year could slow down the pace of the automotive industry. People's interest on this subject is very high. On the other hand, the industry is ever changing. Many car owners and enthusiasts feel the need to keep up with the latest automotive trends such as new car launches, events, car modification tips, technical guides and race reviews. There is where automotive news comes in.

Besides car aficionados, mechanics and workshop owners can also benefit from the latest automotive news. Vehicles and machines are constantly evolving. More recent models may have newer technologies and more sophisticated features or parts. As mechanics always deal with machines, they need to upgrade their knowledge from time to time, to keep up with the changing trends. They can get the latest updates from automotive news or from attending car exhibitions or motor shows.

Besides going to exhibitions, people can also get the latest information from automotive magazines. There are still many people today who buy physical copies of magazines to add to their collection. With the advancement of technology, the internet has changed the way we live. The internet gives us unlimited access to any kind of information. Now it is possible to get the latest news about the automotive industry online. People can access them anywhere, anytime, and free of charge.

Car reviews and car launch dates are two topics that are often searched by car enthusiasts online. We can also find many online automotive magazines that provide the latest news, trends and tips on the web as well. People can easily access information on new car launches, car modifications, as well as car parts and accessories.

There are thousands of weblogs on the internet that also provide free, comprehensive automotive news. Each of them contains different types of information. Well-established blogs usually provides in-depth news and reviews. Today, potential car buyers can check reviews available on these online journals before deciding on a car to buy.

Automotive forums have become a communication media between aficionados. There, people can post articles, open discussions and interact with other members. Car mechanics are encouraged to use online forums, so that they can get the latest scoop and share their technical know-how as well as experiences to others.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Facts About Automotive Manufacturing in the UK

Facts About Automotive Manufacturing in the UKThe automotive industry in the United Kingdom is one that most people don't know much about, but they are a dynamic, expanding industry that is currently setting their sights on breaking some manufacturing records in the next three years. Combined with multi-billion pound investments of £5.5 billion over the last eighteen months, the future will see thousands more jobs created, new models introduced, and overall production expanded. More cars being built will not only lead to more jobs in the automotive industry, but also in the industry that services cars - manufacturers of car tyres, garages for servicing cars and showrooms where the cars are sold.

The previous record for number of cars produced was set in 1972 with 1.92 million cars driving out of the UK's factories. With annual volumes gradually increasing over the past few years they are set to hit the two million mark in 2015. In 2011 the levels were at 1.3 million, so this equates to an increase in production of over 50%. Considering the economic downturn we have been experiencing over the last few years, it is even more exciting to see a United Kingdom industry helping to lead the economic recovery.

The UK has a longstanding motoring heritage, a wealth of expertise in engineering and a flexible, skilled workforce, which combines with some major international investment to make the UK a desirable location for the global automotive industry to set up their factories. Many people aren't even aware that there are seven volume car manufacturers, three volume commercial vehicle manufacturers, eleven manufacturers of buses and coaches, over 25 niche and specialist vehicle manufacturers and a massive eight Formula One teams along with a large concentration of motorsport firms in an area known as Motorsport Valley. Despite all this, the majority of people probably think that all vehicles are built abroad.

Some more facts you may not be aware of are:
The manufacturing sector employs 145,000 people.
As a whole, the automotive industry in the UK employs more than 700,000 people in manufacturing, retail and aftermarket sectors including a range of showrooms, garages and car tyre retailers.
An average of 1.5 million cars and commercial vehicles are produced annually, and over 2.5 million engines. 80% of the vehicles, and 70% of the engines are then exported.
These exports make the UK automotive industry the largest export sector with 11% of total UK exports, generating about £30 billion annual revenue.
It is an environmentally friendly industry! They are investing in research and development as well as new technologies to create cleaner, safer, more fuel efficient cars with low carbon footprints.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Getting Excited About Automotive Industry News

Getting Excited About Automotive Industry NewsPeople involved with the cars need to stay current with the automotive industry news. Doing so ensures a cutting edge understanding of the new technologies, designs, and trends that bring about a greater success for the industry and a better value for the customer.

The first line of defense when something goes wrong with your car is your trusted mechanic. Your mechanic probably keeps up with the latest news regarding the automotive industry, not just because it is his livelihood, but because he knows that doing so will bring him greater success. A mechanic must be well informed in order to perform maintenance on the latest models and new technologies found in them.

The new technologies often come from prototypes or concept cars. These prototypes are to the automotive industry what the bikini edition is to Sports Illustrated. It's the sexiest and most anticipated event of the year. Manufacturers get to show off their new designs and ideas for the future of the industry. Often times you'll find both designer and general car enthusiasts that line the walls of the annual Detroit Auto Show or similar ones throughout the world. Sometimes these cars set the stage for upcoming cars such as the Chevrolet Volt, which has new "green" technologies that have been implemented in new and upcoming cars.

In addition to designer and enthusiasts being at these trade shows, you'll find inventors and entrepreneurs. These are the folks that often times find ways to implement new technologies in a way that can be delivered to the general public. Such is the case with Tesla Motors, an entrepreneurial company that has found a way to make high performance cars that rival world renowned sports cars, all the while using electricity to power the car.

These people's experience and jobs culminate in serving a very critical person, the consumer. It is after all you and I that drive the industry based on not only how many, but more importantly, what cars we buy. Before we begin our shopping, we should update ourselves based on the industry news and trends. This way we can be sure to get the most bang for our buck.

Clearly, where there is a consumer, there is a dealer. The dealerships must maintain a pulse on the industry trends in order to stock his lots with the cars that we want to buy. Otherwise he won't be in the industry for long.

No matter what role we play in the industry we need to always be sure and keep up with the auto industry news, otherwise how will we be effective at what our role is? It is absolutely critical that we all stay informed. To do so we can: keep magazine subscriptions, attend trade shows, and read blogs and other information about the industry.