Thailand’s Automotive Industry Recovers and Prepares for Export Growth

Thailand's Automotive Industry Recovers and Prepares for Export Growth

Thailand is the ASEAN Automotive Hub, with the largest vehicle assembly capacity and high-quality parts manufacturing capability from any country in the region.

Rebounding from last year’s flood crisis, Thailand’s automotive industry which was devastated including parts and accessories saw potential growth in the export market through increased production and innovation.

Manufacturers such as Honda, Toyota and Chevrolet have been fast in their recovery, which ultimately increased investment and demand from the global economy.

Innovation and New Product Development

As there has been speedy growth, new products are being launched by car-makers with attention towards Eco-friendly or hybrid cars in support of Thailand to be an Eco-car production powerhouse. The top 5 companies taking part in this initiative are Honda, Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

Current popular hybrid or Eco-cars are:

• Nissan March

• Honda Brio

• Suzuki Swift

• New Honda Jazz hybrid

Also recently this year, Mitsubishi launched its first and new global compact car – Mirage with exports to Japan in July this year and then to the ASEAN, European and other markets respectively.

Auto parts

There are around 1,800 automotive parts suppliers in Thailand, of which around 700 are available as OEMs.

For exports, the auto parts industry is rather complicated and difficult. Many automotive manufacturers in Thailand already have exclusive contracts with their customers and cannot produce for their competitors also. Also small manufacturers cannot cope with large and specialized orders.

However, the Thai Department of Trade, just this year hosted the Thailand Auto Parts & Accessories 2012 (TAPA 2012) trade fair featuring auto parts & components (OEM/REM), auto accessories, petroleum /lubricants/maintenance products, tools & machines and even vehicles focused on promoting items to buyers and importers from around the world.

Some of the major products and services that were on displays included:

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Stop Being A Loser and Be A Leader!

Stop Being A Loser and Be A Leader!

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In my thirty years in the business I have never seen such a lack of civility, leadership and professionalism in the automotive industry. You can find managers anywhere but developing leaders is a much more challenging task. Managers are integral but leaders are essential. It does not take character, guts or vision to manage things but it takes all three to lead people.

Here are common characteristics I see quite often from managers in dealerships today:

#1 – Lack of attention to detail – “Big doors swing on small hinges” “A person who cannot be expected to do the small things cannot be trusted to do big things”

#2 – Lack of clear communication – People cannot operate efficiently in a nebulous environment. Communicate clearly and communicate often. Your team deserves to know exact details. Stop telling your people “We will work it out for you” or “We will get you the details later” or “Don’t worry about that right now.” Tell people clearly and tell them now.

#3 – Make decisions – Stop procrastinating on making small and large decisions. Gather the pertinent information and make a decision. Stop waffling and putting things off hoping they will go away. “You can’t sweep shit under the rug and expect the stink to go away.” Make a decision and move on!

#4 – Say no! – Stop being afraid to say no. Say no to your staff, vendors, customers or whoever you need to say no to. Grow a backbone and say NO! You cannot manage from weakness. It has never worked and it never will. People will not respect or follow weakness. People can accept no for an answer, but they cannot accept a spineless weasel who cannot say no.

#5 – Make a commitment – You cannot …

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Tips for Buying a Car at Auction

A salvage auction can be a great way to get a vehicle for very little. The important thing is to know what you’re getting into when you buy from a salvage auto auction.

Tips for Buying a Car at Auction

What is a salvage vehicle

A car or truck gets a salvage title when the cost of repairing the vehicle to make it roadworthy exceeds the value of the vehicle. When a car has a salvage title, this should alert you that the car has been through some serious events.

So why would you ever want a salvage? The upside to a salvage title auto is that you can often get it for significantly less than it’s worth. By putting some work into finding a car and dealing with repairs, you can enjoy significant savings.

Be prepared for financial realities

You should be able to get liability insurance, but if you should ever need to make a claim on your salvaged vehicle, you should not expect to get much for it. It’s probably not worth getting any more insurance on it than you absolutely have to by law.

Also be aware that you will probably not be able to get financing for salvage cars, so have the cash on hand to buy what you want. Registration for salvage cars isn’t always simple. You may have to get a special inspection or certification, which will cost you a bit more.

Finally, remember that you can never go back from a salvage title. No matter how much repair you do to the vehicle, it will always be considered “salvage.” This will limit how much you can expect to get from it in resale.

Consider a pre-purchase inspection

Be sure to get a pre-purchase inspection of vehicles you’re considering. Most dealers that hold online auctions will be happy to …

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Car Industry Competition – American Market: VW’s Top Priority

Car Industry Competition - American Market: VW’s Top Priority

Car Industry Competition – Volkswagen AG will be making the American market a top priority. As such, it plans to roll out auto-fighter vehicles to compete closely with its rivals.

The German automaker plans to build an enticing sport utility to rival the Toyota Motor Corp.?s Camry – a midsize sedan. This is part of VW?s effort to stage a positive comeback in the American soil where it was once a dominant player.

The Wolfsburg, Germany-based automaker will be rolling out the Tiguan, a small sport utility, to its lineup in the United States. The said SUV was unveiled this week at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Launching new product lines is vital to the automaker. It will help VW?s plant to triple American sales over the next decade to reach one million vehicles – 800,000 of them VW-brand cars and trucks and 200,000 Audis.

VW will launch the Tiguan, which it calls the Touareg?s little brother, in America in the second quarter of next year. It expects to sell 20,000 to 25,000 Tiguans annually in peak years, said Adrian Hallmark, the executive vice president of Volkswagen of America. The automaker may also bring a version of its tiny Up city car concept to the U.S. market. The concept car was unveiled last week.

VW also intends to put a halt to losing money in America and return to profitability by 2009. That is the time when sales are illuminating as VW tail lights.

However, the automaker?s primary objective is to re-establish a strong presence, Stefan Jacoby, the new head of VW’s U.S. operations, said last Wednesday. “The United States is now our highest priority,” he said in an interview in Frankfurt. “We are strong in Asia, especially in China, we are strong in Europe and we are strong in South …

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