* Thailand - Plant starts producing top-dog Ford Focus
(Photo: Ford Focus on Thailand - Ford regional boss Joe Hinrichs with the Focus at this year’s Bangkok motor show)
Bangkok,Thailand -Go Auto (Australia), by RON HAMMERTON -27 June 2012: -- Ford Motor Company today officially opened a new $450 million factory in Thailand that is set to supply Ford’s top-selling car in Australia in 2012, the Focus, as well as related vehicles such as the new-generation Kuga... The new Ford Thai Manufacturing plant will have a production capacity of 150,000 vehicles a year, boosting annual Thai Ford production to 445,000 vehicles...
* Philippines - Ford to close Sta. Rosa factory in December
Santa Rosa,Laguna,Philippines -GMA News -June 27, 2012: -- Ford Philippines on Wednesday said it will discontinue manufacturing operations in its Santa Rosa, Laguna, factory, starting next year, citing supply and operational efficiencies as main reasons... "The lack of supply base and economies of scale are the major issues in coming up with this very difficult decision," said Peter Fleet, Ford Asean president... The car maker is the only car exporter in the Philippines... The company explored possibilities of bringing a number of different products that might click with the Philippine market, but the two major reasons cited convinced them to stop operations, said Fleet...
* India - Maruti to launch new 800cc car by Diwali
New Delhi,India -The Economic Times -Jun 26, 2012: -- Maruti Suzuki India is gearing up to introduce by the end of this year a new 800cc car that is likely to be more fuel efficient, but also more expensive, than its existing best selling model Alto... According to sources close to the development, the company will start commercial production of the car at its Gurgaon facility from July or August and will launch it by Diwali...
* Japan - Mazda's famed rotary engines roll to end of road this month
from Mazda Motor Corp.: The last Mazda rotary engine, with its ability
to generate more power than traditional power plants of the same size)
Hiroshima,Japan -Bloomberg News/The Detroit News (USA), by Anna Mukai, Yuki Hagiwara and Ma Jie -June 28, 2012: -- The last Mazda using
the rotary, which won fans with its ability to generate more power than
traditional power plants of the same size, will roll off the assembly
line this month at the company's Hiroshima factory and headquarters... By 2010, the company was making just 2,896 RX-8s... News of the rotary's demise prompted Mazda to add 1,000 cars to its final production run as devotees sought an RX-8...
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* China - Beijing Hyundai recalls almost 100000 Elantras due to airbag problem
Shanghai,SH,China -Xinhua/Gasgoo-June 11, 2012: -- Beijing Hyundai has decided to issue a recall order for 97,452 Yuedong Elantras, Xinhua reported today, citing an announcement made by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
The recall, which begun yesterday, will target 2008 model year cars
manufactured between mid-March 2008 and late January 2010... There is
concern that the airbags of the Elantras (pictured) in question may spontaneously deploy when the car is parked or cruising slowly...
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