The Truth About Cars » Asia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 12 Feb 2016 17:00:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Asia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Reached, Let’s All Buy Subaru Sambars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement-reached-lets-buy-subaru-sambars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement-reached-lets-buy-subaru-sambars/#comments Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:00:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1187978 Twelve countries, including the United States, reached an agreement Monday on an historic trade agreement that could economically tie together more than 400 million people in Asian Pacific and American countries. The pact would cover trade for wide ranging products, from rice to pharmaceutical drugs to cars. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which negotiators have been working on […]

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Twelve countries, including the United States, reached an agreement Monday on an historic trade agreement that could economically tie together more than 400 million people in Asian Pacific and American countries. The pact would cover trade for wide ranging products, from rice to pharmaceutical drugs to cars. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, which negotiators have been working on […]

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Pacific Trade Deal Could Force Japan to Sell US Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/pacific-trade-deal-force-japan-sell-us-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/pacific-trade-deal-force-japan-sell-us-cars/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1187282 A possible partnership deal between North American countries and Pacific countries may include provisions to penalize Asian governments for not opening up their markets enough for U.S. automakers, Bloomberg reported. According to the report, negotiators are close to concluding talks regarding automobiles, which has been a contentious point during the talks. The CBC reported that talks in […]

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A possible partnership deal between North American countries and Pacific countries may include provisions to penalize Asian governments for not opening up their markets enough for U.S. automakers, Bloomberg reported. According to the report, negotiators are close to concluding talks regarding automobiles, which has been a contentious point during the talks. The CBC reported that talks in […]

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GM to Develop Global Car with China-based SAIC Motors http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/gm-develop-global-car-china-based-saic-motors/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/gm-develop-global-car-china-based-saic-motors/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1126489 General Motors will invest $5 billion to build a global line of cars with Shanghai-based SAIC Motors that will be sold in Brazil, China and other emerging markets, the automaker announced Tuesday. The cars won’t be sold in the United States, according to the statement. The global vehicles will go on sale starting in 2019 and the automaker […]

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General Motors will invest $5 billion to build a global line of cars with Shanghai-based SAIC Motors that will be sold in Brazil, China and other emerging markets, the automaker announced Tuesday. The cars won’t be sold in the United States, according to the statement. The global vehicles will go on sale starting in 2019 and the automaker […]

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Middle Eastern, Asian Demand Fuels Booming US Auto Exports http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/middle-eastern-asian-demand-fuels-booming-us-auto-exports/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/middle-eastern-asian-demand-fuels-booming-us-auto-exports/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=995394 Demand from the Middle East and Asia has helped fuel a new record in U.S. auto exports for the third consecutive year. The Wall Street Journal reports 2.1 million vehicles from factories in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States left for export markets in 2014, breaking the 2-million barrier for the first time. The figure […]

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Demand from the Middle East and Asia has helped fuel a new record in U.S. auto exports for the third consecutive year. The Wall Street Journal reports 2.1 million vehicles from factories in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States left for export markets in 2014, breaking the 2-million barrier for the first time. The figure […]

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Looming Retaliatory Sanctions Threaten Western Automakers In Russia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/looming-retaliatory-sanctions-threaten-western-automakers-russia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/looming-retaliatory-sanctions-threaten-western-automakers-russia/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=895362 Automotive exports from European and American manufacturers may suffer sanctions by Russia in retaliation for more sanctions imposed upon by the European Union and the United States. Reuters reports the financial damaged suffered by potential sanctions would vary, with automakers like Mercedes-Benz suffering the most thanks to a lack of local factories in Russia. The […]

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Automotive exports from European and American manufacturers may suffer sanctions by Russia in retaliation for more sanctions imposed upon by the European Union and the United States. Reuters reports the financial damaged suffered by potential sanctions would vary, with automakers like Mercedes-Benz suffering the most thanks to a lack of local factories in Russia. The […]

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FCA To Sell Re-Badged Mitsubshi Mirages In Colt Redux http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/fca-to-sell-re-badged-mitsubshi-mirages-in-colt-redux/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/fca-to-sell-re-badged-mitsubshi-mirages-in-colt-redux/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 05:39:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=854473 Chrysler will re-badge the Mitsubishi Attrage (the sedan version of the much-loved Mitsubishi Mirage) for sale in Asian markets. Sounds crazy, right? Not really. Chrysler has a history of selling small Mitsubishis under their own brand in North America, but the agreement with Mitsubishi will cover Asia, a region where Chrysler has never been particularly […]

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Chrysler will re-badge the Mitsubishi Attrage (the sedan version of the much-loved Mitsubishi Mirage) for sale in Asian markets. Sounds crazy, right? Not really. Chrysler has a history of selling small Mitsubishis under their own brand in North America, but the agreement with Mitsubishi will cover Asia, a region where Chrysler has never been particularly […]

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Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: How The Chinese Are Setting Themselves For Success (Part 4: Asia) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/best-selling-cars-around-the-globe-how-the-chinese-are-setting-themselves-for-success-part-4-asia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/best-selling-cars-around-the-globe-how-the-chinese-are-setting-themselves-for-success-part-4-asia/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:50:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491046 This is Part 4 of a 5 Part-series about how the Chinese car manufacturers are faring abroad. You can check out Part 1 about Africa here, Part 2 about Latin America here and Part 3 about Eastern Europe here. In the first 3 parts of this series we have observed that Chinese carmakers have managed their expansion […]

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This is Part 4 of a 5 Part-series about how the Chinese car manufacturers are faring abroad. You can check out Part 1 about Africa here, Part 2 about Latin America here and Part 3 about Eastern Europe here. In the first 3 parts of this series we have observed that Chinese carmakers have managed their expansion […]

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GM Heading To Myanmar As Part Of U.S. Trade Delegation http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/gm-heading-to-myanmar-as-part-of-u-s-trade-delegation/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/gm-heading-to-myanmar-as-part-of-u-s-trade-delegation/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:10:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478992 Myanmar was once a pariah state known for its brutal military government and mistreatment of human rights activists like Aung San Suu Kyi. But democratic reforms and an easing of trade sanctions by Western governments means that doing business in Myanmar is now feasible – and GM is the latest automaker looking to establish a […]

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Myanmar was once a pariah state known for its brutal military government and mistreatment of human rights activists like Aung San Suu Kyi. But democratic reforms and an easing of trade sanctions by Western governments means that doing business in Myanmar is now feasible – and GM is the latest automaker looking to establish a […]

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South Korean Unions Urging GM To Keep Cruze In Korea http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/south-korean-unions-urging-gm-to-keep-cruze-in-korea/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/south-korean-unions-urging-gm-to-keep-cruze-in-korea/#comments Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:47:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467009 Labor leaders in South Korea are scrambling to convince GM to retain production of the Chevrolet Cruze in South Korea, though GM says that the move to 5 global facilities is a done deal. The Cruze accounts for between 50 and 60 percent of the 260,000 vehicles made at GM Korea’s Gunsan plant. A new […]

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Labor leaders in South Korea are scrambling to convince GM to retain production of the Chevrolet Cruze in South Korea, though GM says that the move to 5 global facilities is a done deal. The Cruze accounts for between 50 and 60 percent of the 260,000 vehicles made at GM Korea’s Gunsan plant. A new […]

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Proton Boycotts Sales Data, Says It’s The Law http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/proton-boycotts-sales-data-says-its-the-law/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/proton-boycotts-sales-data-says-its-the-law/#comments Sat, 01 Sep 2012 12:36:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=458624 Uh-oh: Our colleagues and fellow market watchers in Malaysia were waiting and waiting for market data for the month of July, but none arrived. With August about to end, they stared to ask questions. They were told there won’t be any data. No, it wasn’t because Malaysia suddenly is like Europe. In the Old Country, […]

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Uh-oh: Our colleagues and fellow market watchers in Malaysia were waiting and waiting for market data for the month of July, but none arrived. With August about to end, they stared to ask questions. They were told there won’t be any data. No, it wasn’t because Malaysia suddenly is like Europe. In the Old Country, […]

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Ford Looking To Increase Asian Manufacturing, Cut European Capacity Without Plant Closings http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/ford-looking-to-increase-asian-manufacturing-cut-european-capacity-without-plant-closings/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/ford-looking-to-increase-asian-manufacturing-cut-european-capacity-without-plant-closings/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2012 19:03:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=455676 At a briefing in Traverse City, Michigan, Ford outlined its plans for tackling the twin challenges of Asia and Europe. Despite the capacity crisis facing the industry, Ford is aiming to avoid any European factory closures, while also expanding in Asia. Ford was vague regarding their plans for trimming capacity in Europe – so much […]

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At a briefing in Traverse City, Michigan, Ford outlined its plans for tackling the twin challenges of Asia and Europe. Despite the capacity crisis facing the industry, Ford is aiming to avoid any European factory closures, while also expanding in Asia. Ford was vague regarding their plans for trimming capacity in Europe – so much […]

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India’s Best-Selling Car – Maruti Suzuki Alto http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/indias-best-selling-car-maruti-suzuki-alto/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/indias-best-selling-car-maruti-suzuki-alto/#comments Sat, 09 Jun 2012 12:59:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=447839 India is touted to become one of the biggest car markets in the world by the end of this decade. However, there is a lot of uncertainty in the Indian automobile market. Fuel prices fluctuate (usually northwards) abruptly, while the Government tries to cover its mis-governance by increasing taxes on cars when its least expected. […]

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India is touted to become one of the biggest car markets in the world by the end of this decade. However, there is a lot of uncertainty in the Indian automobile market. Fuel prices fluctuate (usually northwards) abruptly, while the Government tries to cover its mis-governance by increasing taxes on cars when its least expected. […]

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Tata Safari – Is It The Indian Land Rover? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/tata-safari-is-it-the-indian-land-rover/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/tata-safari-is-it-the-indian-land-rover/#comments Sun, 27 May 2012 11:39:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=446095 Ever heard about the Tata Safari? It is the first SUV that was designed and developed entirely in India. The Safari went on sale in 1998, since then there haven’t been many changes to the styling of the vehicle.Tata Motors changed the engines, bringing in better powertrains over a period of time. The Safari has […]

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Ever heard about the Tata Safari? It is the first SUV that was designed and developed entirely in India. The Safari went on sale in 1998, since then there haven’t been many changes to the styling of the vehicle.Tata Motors changed the engines, bringing in better powertrains over a period of time. The Safari has […]

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Sun Films Illegal In India http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/sun-films-illegal-in-india/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/sun-films-illegal-in-india/#comments Wed, 09 May 2012 02:30:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443516 India is a country with absolute imbalance as far as policies and regulations go. Earlier this year, the Indian Government abruptly increased excise duty on cars by 2-5%. This increase came at a time when the automobile sector was already facing a slow down. Soon later, one of the states increased local taxes and registration […]

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India is a country with absolute imbalance as far as policies and regulations go. Earlier this year, the Indian Government abruptly increased excise duty on cars by 2-5%. This increase came at a time when the automobile sector was already facing a slow down. Soon later, one of the states increased local taxes and registration […]

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Lamborghini Gets Serious About India http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/lamborghini-gets-serious-about-india/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/lamborghini-gets-serious-about-india/#comments Tue, 01 May 2012 12:17:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=442294 Lamborghini has become very bullish about the Indian market. The Italian automaker launched its second showroom in the country last week and also set up a national sales agency. Lamborghini currently sells the Gallardo and Aventador in the Indian market, which are priced at Rs. 3.2 crore ($608,000) and Rs. 4.2 crore ($798,000) respectively. With […]

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Lamborghini has become very bullish about the Indian market. The Italian automaker launched its second showroom in the country last week and also set up a national sales agency. Lamborghini currently sells the Gallardo and Aventador in the Indian market, which are priced at Rs. 3.2 crore ($608,000) and Rs. 4.2 crore ($798,000) respectively. With […]

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What Went Wrong For Peugeot In India? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/what-went-wrong-for-peugeot-in-india/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/what-went-wrong-for-peugeot-in-india/#comments Sun, 29 Apr 2012 17:19:59 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=442003 Peugeot might be one of the biggest car makers in Europe, but it has absolutely no presence in the Indian market. With the Indian car market growing bigger day by day, there is no big automaker which doesn’t have the presence in the sub-continent. The most recent car maker to set up operations in India […]

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Peugeot might be one of the biggest car makers in Europe, but it has absolutely no presence in the Indian market. With the Indian car market growing bigger day by day, there is no big automaker which doesn’t have the presence in the sub-continent. The most recent car maker to set up operations in India […]

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A Look At The Mahindra XUV5OO http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/a-look-at-the-mahindra-xuv5oo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/a-look-at-the-mahindra-xuv5oo/#comments Sat, 21 Apr 2012 20:33:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441029 Mahindra & Mahindra dates back to 1945, when they started to produce the Willys Jeep in India under license. Soon after that, they started developing light commercial vehicles and utility vehicles. In 2002, Mahindra launched the Scorpio, which was also introduced in Europe as the Mahindra Goa a few years later. Last year, the XUV5OO […]

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Mahindra & Mahindra dates back to 1945, when they started to produce the Willys Jeep in India under license. Soon after that, they started developing light commercial vehicles and utility vehicles. In 2002, Mahindra launched the Scorpio, which was also introduced in Europe as the Mahindra Goa a few years later. Last year, the XUV5OO […]

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Short Cars With A Rump, And Why India Is Nuts About Them http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/short-cars-with-a-rump-and-why-india-is-nuts-about-them/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/short-cars-with-a-rump-and-why-india-is-nuts-about-them/#comments Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:20:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=438579 According to lore, Americans dig big cars, Europeans love their hatchbacks, Australians love pick-ups. And the Indians? Indians love sedans. The sedan is a status symbol for most in India. It provides a feeling of accomplishment. It also costs more. A sedan does not cost much more to make than its hatchback platform cousin.  What […]

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According to lore, Americans dig big cars, Europeans love their hatchbacks, Australians love pick-ups. And the Indians? Indians love sedans. The sedan is a status symbol for most in India. It provides a feeling of accomplishment. It also costs more. A sedan does not cost much more to make than its hatchback platform cousin.  What […]

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Someday, GM Will Own the Streets of Hanoi! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/someday-gm-will-own-the-streets-of-hanoi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/someday-gm-will-own-the-streets-of-hanoi/#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2012 15:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=438443 During my visit to Vietnam last month, I photographed many Honda Super Cubs, but I always kept one eye open for other interesting vehicles. I spotted a few Toyota Crown Royal Saloons, which was cool, but catching a Geo Chevrolet Tracker at a Hanoi intersection was one of the weirder sightings. Studying the photograph later, […]

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During my visit to Vietnam last month, I photographed many Honda Super Cubs, but I always kept one eye open for other interesting vehicles. I spotted a few Toyota Crown Royal Saloons, which was cool, but catching a Geo Chevrolet Tracker at a Hanoi intersection was one of the weirder sightings. Studying the photograph later, […]

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2012 Honda CR-V: See It Now, Buy It… Later http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/2012-honda-cr-v-see-it-now-buy-it-later/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/2012-honda-cr-v-see-it-now-buy-it-later/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 21:59:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=416228 Honda has shown off its CR-V in “concept” form already, so today’s leak of the first production-spec images from Japan ahead of the reveal in Los Angeles isn’t a huge revelation. On the other hand, it does come at a bad time, as the leak comes just as Automotive News [sub] reports that flooding in Thailand […]

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Honda has shown off its CR-V in “concept” form already, so today’s leak of the first production-spec images from Japan ahead of the reveal in Los Angeles isn’t a huge revelation. On the other hand, it does come at a bad time, as the leak comes just as Automotive News [sub] reports that flooding in Thailand […]

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Obama And Lee At Orion: Free Trade Sucks, But It Beats The Alternatives http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/obama-and-lee-at-orion-free-trade-sucks-but-it-beats-the-alternatives/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/obama-and-lee-at-orion-free-trade-sucks-but-it-beats-the-alternatives/#comments Sat, 15 Oct 2011 18:45:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414868 In many ways it was a strange scene. The president of Korea, speaking in a US factory that builds the replacement to a car that was once imported from Korea. The president of the United States, speaking in a factory that can only competitively build subcompact cars because of a government-ordered “innovative labor practices” that […]

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In many ways it was a strange scene. The president of Korea, speaking in a US factory that builds the replacement to a car that was once imported from Korea. The president of the United States, speaking in a factory that can only competitively build subcompact cars because of a government-ordered “innovative labor practices” that […]

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Chevrolet Global Colorado Debuts In Thailand http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/chevrolet-global-colorado-debuts-in-thailand/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/chevrolet-global-colorado-debuts-in-thailand/#comments Mon, 10 Oct 2011 19:09:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414323 Editor’s note: GM has officially confirmed what the UAW already let slip: Chevy’s new midsized Colorado pickup will be built at the Wentzville, MO plant and sold in the US. More details on that decision are forthcoming, but in the meantime, here’s Edd Ellison’s report from the global launch of the Colorado in Bangkok, Thailand. […]

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Editor’s note: GM has officially confirmed what the UAW already let slip: Chevy’s new midsized Colorado pickup will be built at the Wentzville, MO plant and sold in the US. More details on that decision are forthcoming, but in the meantime, here’s Edd Ellison’s report from the global launch of the Colorado in Bangkok, Thailand. […]

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Live From Jakarta: Indonesian International Auto Show Coverage http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/live-from-jakarta-indonesian-international-auto-show-coverage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/live-from-jakarta-indonesian-international-auto-show-coverage/#comments Sat, 30 Jul 2011 16:18:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=404803 The 19th Indonesian International Motor Show (IIMS) is currently taking place at the JIExpo in the capital city, Jakarta, with almost all the world’s major automakers represented at a show which is quite simply bigger, bolder and brasher than ever before. There is a real spring in the step here as this huge, underdeveloped nation […]

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The 19th Indonesian International Motor Show (IIMS) is currently taking place at the JIExpo in the capital city, Jakarta, with almost all the world’s major automakers represented at a show which is quite simply bigger, bolder and brasher than ever before. There is a real spring in the step here as this huge, underdeveloped nation […]

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First Half Year Strong In ASEAN Countries http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/first-half-year-strong-in-asean-countries/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/first-half-year-strong-in-asean-countries/#comments Wed, 28 Jul 2010 15:25:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=361709 The Chinese market keeps going, and going, and going. It was up  47.7 percent in the first six months of 2010. Can’t be, you say? Well, the rest of the Asian markets are not far behind. The six major ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore) bought 41 percent more cars in […]

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The Chinese market keeps going, and going, and going. It was up  47.7 percent in the first six months of 2010. Can’t be, you say? Well, the rest of the Asian markets are not far behind. The six major ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore) bought 41 percent more cars in […]

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