Eco-Car Project Pushing Indonesia to Follow Thai Lead

According to a recent posting on, Indonesia might have reason to worry about the impending flood of "eco-car" models coming out of Thailand.

Bambang Trisulo, Chairman of Indonesia`s Motor Vehicle Industries Association, believes that given the high production volumes required by the program, many of the cars will be exported and this could seriously threaten the Indonesian industry.

With output of 150,000 units each year per participating company, that equates to a lot of small cars. The majority of these cars will be exported throughout the region, including to Indonesia, potentially threatening the local industry there.

According to Mr. Trisulo, Indonesia can only maintain the automotive industry if the country implements a similar strategy to Thailand's eco-car project.