Parts maker unhappy with decision to scrap eco-car

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 long run.
Of the big automakers in Thailand, only Toyota had continuously opposed the project, saying the car size specifications in the plan were impractical...
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