The Changes in the Automobile Industry in Thailand

  • Thamavit Terdudomtham
  • Kreingkrai Techakanont
  • Peera Charoenporn


In Thailand, the automobile industry has been developed since the early of 1960s. Then, it has expanded rapidly since the latter half of the 1980s. The domestic sales of new vehicles increased from 101,624 units in 1987, to 589,126 units in 1996. Consequently, the domestic production reached its peak at 547,312 vehicles in 1996. However, due to the 1997 economic crisis, the domestic sale drastically decreased to 363,156 vehicles in 1997, and 144,065 vehicles in 1998. As a result, the domestic production decreased to 156,130 vehicles in 1998. Although the domestic production increased to 327,101 vehicles in 1999, the automobile industry still has a huge excess capacity.


Trade Liberalization Automobile Industry Auto Part Domestic Sale Recent Economic Crisis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thamavit Terdudomtham
    • 1
  • Kreingkrai Techakanont
    • 1
  • Peera Charoenporn
    • 1
  1. 1.Thammasat UniversityThailand

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