2009 Bangkok International Motor Show - Toyota

Visitors to the 2009 Bangkok International Motor Show will find that Toyota has a "new" Yaris, a Prius II "Prototype" and a 1/X Concept. Exciting!

Toyota Truck Concept Image

A Look to the Future - Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet Volt

In this article we take a look at the Chevrolet Volt and try to work out if it is really worth waiting for. Will it actually give the Prius a run for its money? Is it the way forward?

What is the Volt?

The Chevrolet Volt is GM's answer to the assault of the Toyota Prius. The Prius is the top selling hybrid car in the world. When the Volt project was announced, oil prices were climbing steadily higher, pushing more and more buyers away from the SUVs that GM had been enjoying so much success with in the preceding years.

GM finally woke up to the threat posed by a combination of high oil prices and the apparent surge in popularity of affordable hybrid cars. The company reacted in true American fashion, by setting their engineers a seemingly impossibly difficult task to complete in an impossibly small time frame. The Volt was that task.

2008 Thai Motor Expo Sales Numbers

Sales at this years Thai Motor Expo were actually pretty reasonable considering the current political and economic difficulties that Thailand is facing. Approximately 14,000 cars were ordered at the Expo which was attended by around 1.5 million visitors.

There are no surprises at the top of the sales table, with Toyota and Honda leading the pack with 4,193 and 2,552 bookings respectively. Business as usual really! Third place went to Isuzu with 1,760, which might seem like a big gap until you remember that they only sell trucks and truck derived SUVs.

Toyota Seeking Special Privileges from Thai government

Toyota Motor Thailand is currently lobbying the Thai government, seeking a lifting of import duty for CKD parts to be used in the assembly of hybrid vehicles in Thailand.

Camry Hybrid Image

This actually comes as little surprise, since Toyota are to start assembly of the Camry Hybrid next year. Toyota are seeking to have the 30-40% duties removed, to allow them to price the Camry Hybrid under THB 2 million.

Too Fast Too Something

Too Fast Too Something

Some nice tuned cars on display, but nothing all that special.

Toyota Vigo Update for Thailand Soon

Now is a great time to buy a new Toyota Vigo, assuming you are in the market for one of course. The reason is that Toyota Thailand are soon to update the Toyota Vigo with a "minor-change" version.

Toyota Hilux Vigo Image

The update will, most likely, just involve a few cosmetic changes, and for those looking for a pick-up truck fashion usually isn't a top concern.

Camry Hybrid for Thailand in 2009

Toyota Camry Hybrid

Toyota will begin production of the Camry Hybrid in Thailand in 2009. Toyota is to produce 9,000 units a year in Thailand, starting in 2009.

In order to make the adjustments to the assembly line at the Gateway plant in Chachoengsao province, Toyota is making an investment of THB 90 million.

2007 Toyota Fortuner 2.7V for SALE

My name is Mohamed Hasan Adnan. I am moving out of Thailand by the end of this month and I am looking to sell my Fortuner.

Car details:
Year: 2007
Mileage: 23,500
Engine: 2.7 V
Insurance: First Class Insurance expiring in Nov 2008

I am expecting about 930,000 THB for the car. Please let me know.

Please check the attached photo

My Mobile number is 0896914456 or 0898000369

Thanks & Rgds,
Mohamed Hasan Adnan.

Eco Car Project Pricing Clue

Either there is an error in the article below, or Eco-Cars are going to be expensive. Taken from the Bangkok Post, the article below is mostly stuff you will have already heard about the Eco-Car project.

Space Up Concept Image

But it seems that this article does answer a question that many are interested to know: What will Eco-Cars cost? Or perhaps the best way to put it is: How cheap will Eco-Cars be?

As you scan down through the article you eventually meet this statement:

Thailand's small eco-cars will be selling in the range of $16,000 and up.

2008 Toyota Corolla 5 Star NCAP

There was a time when Volvo had the monopoly on car safety. Not anymore. In Europe, with the Euro NCAP testing, the majority of new cars are proving to provide excellent crash performance.

The 2008 Toyota Corolla sedan, known here in Thailand as the Altis, also managed to turn in a very good crash test result, with a 5-star rating.

Toyota aim to build Camry Hybrid in Thailand

According to reports coming out of Singapore, Yasuyuki Kawamoto, the chief engineer of the Thai assembled Corolla Altis, has said that Toyota would be assembling the Camry Hybrid in Thailand.

Hybrid Camry Display

Toyota Corolla Altis CNG Version This Year

TMT has confirmed that it will have a bi-fuel version of the 10th generation Corolla Altis by the end of 2008. The car will retain its regular E20 fuel system and tank, adding to it a CNG (compressed natural gas) system with a 70-litre tank in the boot. As with current Taxi conversions this will result in about 1/4 - 1/3 reduction in boot space.

The tank will also increase the weight of the vehicle by around 100 kg, and Toyota will replace the rear coils springs with stiffer coils from the Corolla wagon which is around the same weight as this CNG version.

Think Pick-Up Trucks are Safe? Think Again!

I'd been waiting for this for a long time, and now finally the Euro NCAP treatment has been dished out on some pick-up trucks. And no, the results are not pretty.

Mitsubishi L200 crash

Mostly New 2008 Toyota Corolla Altis Finally Here! - Test Drive Report

TMT (Toyota Motors Thailand) has finally launched the new 2008 Altis in Thailand. The car was officially launched on 30/1/08, with launch "parties" going on at virtually every Toyota dealership. Today I test drove the car and would like to share my views with you. So, here it is:

Toyota Corolla American Details - Dual VVT-i

Just a quick update. It seems that we might be getting the same 1.8 litre engine as the US Corolla, and it might be Dual VVT-i After all?

I previously wrote about the Corolla Altis engine issue and at the time I thought that we were not getting Dual VVT-i units. This was an assumption based on some data in a Toyota presentation pack at a Toyota Dealer in Bangkok.

Now there is some new information which makes everything clearer, the launch detailed specifications of the US model Corolla.

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