Parts maker unhappy with decision to scrap eco-car - Bangkok Post, September 2, 2005
...But an informed industry source said Mr Suriya feared sales
of eco-cars could cut into those of subcompact cars such as the
Toyota Vios and Honda City and one-ton pickup trucks.
Mr Suriya's family owns the Thai Summit Group, a leading parts supplier
to several carmakers including Toyota.
The minister said that instead he would support the production of
more complex parts and upstream steel manufacturing to strengthen
Thailand's automotive industry and enhance competitiveness in the
Of the big automakers in Thailand, only Toyota had continuously
opposed the project, saying the car size specifications in the plan