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Thailand’s passenger car sales drop by over 44% year-on-year

Maya Taylor



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Thailand’s domestic car sales dropped by over 21% last month, with passenger car sales plummeting by over 44% year-on-year. The Bangkok Post reports that the resurgence of the Covid-19 virus late last year has affected consumer confidence and buying power. The sale of commercial vehicles is also down by 5.4% year-on-year.

Surasak Suthongwan from Toyota Motor Thailand, says people are worried about the second outbreak’s impact on employment prospects and the economy as a whole, which is putting them off buying cars. He says that the automotive sector is still trying to recover from the effects of the original outbreak of the virus and that other sectors, such as the tourism industry, are at a standstill.

“Those factors caused domestic car sales to drop and the company is closely monitoring the economic situation and the pandemic.”

Toyota has a 32.2% share of the domestic market and domestic sales this month are also expected to be affected by the ongoing crisis. However, the automotive firm says it expects the government’s stimulus campaigns will help the economy and give consumer spending a boost.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:47 am

    I’m delighted.
    Thais cannot afford cars now. I want them on bicycles wearing straw hats.
    They had it good, but killed the golden goose with their double pricing, swindling, and blind obedience to stupid dictators, with unreasonable bans.
    They still have exports but Vietnam is in competition now.
    It’s the Thais’ destiny. One bike, one straw hat. one paddy field.

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      Fred glue

      Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 12:27 pm

      I’m still laughing, I fell of my chair, ??

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      Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      All so true, but you forgot to mention the one buffalo!

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      Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 3:08 pm

      Clearly your experience with that bar girl must have left some scars……speedy recovery chap.

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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 11:57 am

    and 83 people died… this is your govt working on your behalf (not).

    No. They are working for the UN Agenda21/2030. YOU don’t matter.

    You have been lied to, are being lied to, and will be lied to until you must ride a bicycle instead of your car, and live in a cement box – because this is what some maniacs who run the show want.

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    Andy W

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Exports will take a hit as well due to the global financial crisis.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 12:15 pm

      Exports already have, Andy W – not just cars, but pretty much everything except food.

      Even if tourism recovers to some extent with the removal of quarantine, it’ll still be affected by the recession as will everything else – the sooner what can be salvaged is, though, with a vaccine roll-out, the better things will start to become.

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        Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 3:12 pm

        The world will still eat plenty of rice, impact on Thai exports is minimal they still enjoy a healthy current account surplus every month which will continue to keep the Baht strong. The US-China spat is greater cause for concern as Thai exports feed into the China-US supply chain, although China will start to move more manufacturing to SE Asia to get round US Tariffs which will help Thailand.

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          Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:50 pm

          A strong Baht actually hurts exports. The US-China spat is only going to get worse as Biden unsurprisingly is turning up the dial (not down as many incorrectly expected). However China has little desire to move manufacturing to other SE Asia countries since their main objective of the industry is domestic employment. Things like sales and profits are a distance second and even more distance third in importance. It’s not really the Chinese who are moving all the manufacturing out of China, it’s everyone else. The Japanese, Americans, Europeans, Taiwanese and such. It will help Thailand in that regard. However a 44% drop year to year is huge and should be sending off alarm bells. Says there are much deeper problems inside the Thai economy because of shutdown.

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        James R

        Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:44 pm

        Issan John

        All you need now is the vaccine, you might get a little bit more than 200,000 doses you are getting now/soon but it might be in a years time from now.

        Join the queue or make your own.

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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    What’s with all the negativity towards Thailand. Every country has its goods and bass, no country can please everyone with everything.

    I don’t see people complaining about double pricing in other SEA as much as Thailand. Even Singapore practice that at places like Garden by the Bay or have outrageous laws (can’t walk naked in your own house where outsiders can see you). Guess no one can complain or you could get jailed ! Maybe you want that kind of law in Thailand too ?

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    Isan John

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    The market has bottomed out soon we will see a V-shaped recovery and stunning growth

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      Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:49 pm

      Lmfao, now I know for absolute certain you’re simply just trolling when you comment on here, John. Well played.

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    Robert Bunker

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Is Thailand simply leading the world in rejecting rampant, runaway consumerism and embracing the environment in a more mature manner than Extinction Rebellion?
    Thought not.?

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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Wishful thinking as always johnny.
    Nothing will recover and be back on track until 2022 and by that time the whole fucking corrupt system will have collapse here and in other places. Most businesses don’t have time anymore and are drowning as we speak, there has to be more money borrowed and printed which inflates everything and makes it even worse, ill have to agree that we are on the brink of collapse

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    Jim kelly

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    Just watch.. the worst is still o come!! This is just the tip of the Thai economic collapse!! Enjoy it Mr. Chanocha… Maybe your mate big ears will share some his fortune and assist the country??

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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    Hello Edi what did I tell y about Thai economy & their stats, do y still think only tourism affected ? Xe are still far from reaching the bottom, say with optimism end year !!!! Stay out of this damaged world, protected and warm, keep critics aside its more comfortable

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    Amy Sukwan

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:02 am

    I think historians will look back on the Covid response as the greatest man made catastrophe in history. Thailand has sold the farm on vaccines saving the day, despite huge logistical hurdles and unaddressed concerns about both safety and efficacy of said vaccines. But hey it’s some billionaire s pet project and he can buy all the news he wants and at least he’s getting richer, right? Really though depressions happen because of negative feedback loops rippling through all of society and reinforcing themselves. So the cops lost tea money from tourists means he doesn’t buy a new car for his mistress, eventually Toyota furloughs some workers sitting in empty showrooms, and they stop paying rent. Eventually they might all really be in rice fields with straw hats! At least there’s enough to eat and it’s not cold…

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    Graham White

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:19 am

    I’ve never been able to understand how Thais can afford new cars here because the prices are not much less than UK where the average income is about 4 or 5 times higher.

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    Mr cynic

    Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Car sales have tumbled globally.
    Hardly surprising in the present situation.thailand is no different to most other countries worldwide in relation to this.

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