Tesla sees swift sales in Thailand as consumers snap up over 5,000 units in 3 days
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2022
American electric vehicle maker Tesla has had a swift start in Thailand, with consumers reserving more than 5,000 units of the two models it is selling here within three days of their debut last week, the company announced on its Thai website on Saturday.
It has been inundated with reservations and questions since opening its website for reservations on December 7 for its Model Y and Model 3 vehicles, said executives at the Thai unit of the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) maker by market capitalisation.
Tesla Thailand also made headlines this week by announcing it would only require a 4,000-baht deposit for each model. The company also confirmed that the first batch of 1,500 units will be delivered from February.
Tesla Model Y has three types, with prices ranging from 1.95 to 2.5 million baht. The more affordable Model 3 also has three types, priced from 1.75 to 2.3 million baht.
Tesla has yet to officially join the government’s EV subsidy programme, although the Excise Department said on Friday that it is in talks with Tesla about the programme.
Under the scheme, EV automakers are entitled to subsidies and cuts on import duties of up to 150,000 baht per vehicle priced below 2 million baht, and up to 800,000 baht per vehicle selling for more than 2 million baht.
Department director-general Ekniti Nitithanprapas said on Friday that more than 25,000 EVs will be sold in Thailand this year thanks to the subsidy programme, which has already distributed 81 million baht from its total budget of 2.9 billion baht.
Thailand 2nd biggest market for Porsche in the world
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2022
Thailand has proved to be the “second biggest” market after Norway when it comes to Porsche’s electrified Cayenne models.
Last year, 70% of the 1,500 Porsche vehicles sold in Thailand were hybrid-powered CayenneSUVs, a huge jump from the 670 Porsche vehicles sold here in 2020.
Asked to comment on how Porsche, once regarded as a high-end supercar manufacturer with a handful number of sales in Thailand each year, rocketed to become a household name, Peter Rohwer, managing director of Porsche Thailand, attributed the success to modern technology.
“In the past Porsches might have been expensive sports cars to buy, but today new technology such as hybrids and EVs has helped to bring the prices down (due to special tax breaks),” he said, adding that offering engine sizes of no larger than three litres also help in minimizing retail prices.
Rohwer said Thailand is Porsche’s largest market in Southeast Asia and is the “second best market in the world for electrified Porsche Cayenne vehicles, which is a big achievement.”
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic or the semi-conductor crisis, Porsche has been enjoying increased sales globally. Last year it delivered 301,915 vehicles worldwide, an increase of 11 per cent, while sales in Asia-Pacific markets surged by a record 51 per cent, with strong sales coming from the Taycan EV.
Earlier this year the company also started CKD assembly of the Cayenne in Malaysia, which has helped to lower retail pricing by up to 30 % in Malaysia.
Rohwer says that Porsche is seriously looking at the South East Asian countries, which promise a large customer base as well as investment opportunities, particularly in resources needed for manufacturing EV batteries.
According to Rohwer, who has been working in Thailand for 28 years, today Porsche customers in Thailand are getting younger, with as much as 35 per cent of buyers being female.
“In the past, the average age of Porsche buyers was 55 years old but today it has dropped to 42, which means that there are a lot more customers out there,” he said. “Entrepreneurs are becoming younger and they like a strong image when it comes to the cars they drive.”
That explains a large number of visitors to the Porsche booth at the ongoing Thailand International Motor Expo. A total of 11 Porsche models are being displayed and sold at the event, which goes on until December 12 at Challenger IMPACT Muangthong Thani. But in fact, first-time Porsche buyers need not even go for new cars, Rohwer said.
“Used Porsches are also available for 2-3 million Baht, such as the Macan or Cayenne,” he said. “The 718 is the entry model and if you can afford a used one, it will be your entry into the Porsche world.” AAS Autoservice co. ltd offers 15 years Porsche factory pre-owned warranty.
Rohwer says the typical Porsche customer doesn’t have just one, but two to three Porsches.
“They love cars, love driving,” he said. “And we sell dreams, dreams that come true. Good dreams.”
On Wednesday, Tesla began accepting reservations for its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles, saying deliveries will begin gradually in February next year. Reservations can only be made through its website.
It released the following price list (excluding autopilot and full self-driving options) for the two models:
Single motor (rear-wheel drive): 1.759 million baht
Long range (dual motor, all-wheel drive): 1.999 million baht
Performance (dual motor, all-wheel drive): 2.309 million baht
Single motor (rear-wheel drive): 1.959 million baht
Long range (dual motor, all-wheel drive): 2.259 million baht
Performance (dual motor, all-wheel drive): 2.509 million baht
Purchases include a four-year (or 80,000km) warranty for the vehicle and an eight-year warranty for the battery (160,000km for rear-wheel drive and 192,000km for all-wheel drive).
Tesla also announced it will open its flagship store and its first car-delivery and service centre in the first quarter of next year. It will also open 10 charging stations in Thailand next year, it said.
New Lamborghini SUV packs superior aerodynamics and luxury
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 04, 2022
A new sports SUV, Lamborghini Urus Performante, was officially launched at Muang Thong Thani’s Challenger Hall by Renazzo Motor, Thailand’s official Lamborghini distributor.
The Lamborghini Urus Performante, which promises higher performance and a more thrilling driving experience, starts at 25.49 million baht.
The Lamborghini Urus Performante starts at 25.49 million baht.
The SUV boasts superior aerodynamics through modifications, additions, or substantive alterations to the front bumper panels and the hood’s air vents. Carbon fibre wheel arches lower the height by 2cm, all contributing to improved aerodynamics. When travelling at high speeds, it can reduce the weight of the car by up to 47kg.
Francesco Scardaoni, CEO of Automobili Lamborghini Asia PacificFrancesco Scardaoni, CEO of Automobili Lamborghini Asia Pacific, said that Lamborghini is penetrating a new customer segment. This model is can be utilised in everyday situations, and even as a family car. This feature is expected to significantly broaden the market base for this car model, the CEO said.
“The Urus Performante elevates driving performance. And the SUV Lamborghini looks even more luxurious, while still being suitable for use for many different purposes. It’s a dream car in every way,” he added.
The Urus Performante also highlights the usage of composite materials. This makes it the automobile with the most carbon fibre in its segment. It is still retains the concept of a sports car, fast and very safe, he said, adding it emphasised a distinct sporting vibe with a large hood and bumper.
Carbon fibre air vents in the same colour as the car have been added. The unique feature is that clients can select to display the carbon fibre design. A carbon fibre roof is also available, as with the Huracán Performante and Super Trofeo supercars.
He said the Urus Performante has a variety of driving models to fit the customer’s needs and preferences, such as:
Strada: Offers a smooth and comfortable ride
Sport: It heightens aggressiveness. The rear-wheel steering system improves manoeuvrability and stability at low and high speeds.
Corsa: Offers maximum control to match the rigours of tough competition in terms of both stability and speed when driving at high speeds. Active stabiliser bars improve turning performance. The Lamborghini super sports car distinguishes itself both for the driver and everyone on the track from the strong sound emanating from the exhaust pipe.
Rally: This new driving option offers strong off-road driving because of its anti-roll bars and shock absorbers. It has been enhanced to match the spring operation, even when running on difficult surfaces.
Triumph Motorcycles introduces ten Chrome Collection models
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 01, 2022
Triumph’s fans will be delighted by a wide range of motorcycle models from all segments, as well as irresistible promotions, at “Motor Expo 2022”
Triumph Motorcycles is gearing up for the end-of-the-year celebration at Motor Expo 2022. The Triumph Chrome Collection, which includes 10 limited edition Bonneville and Rocket 3 motorcycle models, will be unveiled at the event. It comes with a new Chrome Edition accessory kit, as well as the signature hand-crafted and distinctive chrome scheme that completely reflects the Triumph DNA. The event is an exclusive opportunity for fans to get up close and personal with these limited editions, which are available for one year only.
Reservations are now open for the first time at Motor Expo 2022. Many special offers make it easier to own any Triumph motorcycle model shown at the event. Among the offers are a down payment promotion starting at 0 baht and receiving a financial offer of up to 85 thousand baht, as well as a plan with 0% interest for up to four years. Free accessories worth more than 92.690 thousand baht are included with the purchase of the All-New Tiger 1200. There are also special promotions offering up to 70% off clothing collections. Visitors to the Triumph booth can also participate in fun activities and photograph themselves in the Triumph British Corner.
Chinsak Kittiamonkul, Commercial Operations Manager of Triumph Motorcycles (Thailand) Limited, said, “At Motor Expo 2022, Triumph surprises everyone with the release of the “Triumph Chrome Collection,” which includes ten incredible limited-edition motorcycle models, each with a beautifully hand-crafted and distinctive look. The legendary Bonneville and the world’s top Rocket 3 motorcycle models come with a one-of-a-kind hand-crafted chrome fuel tank, as well as a new Chrome Edition accessory kit available for a limited time – one year only. These limited editions honour the artistry and craftsmanship that is at the heart of Triumph’s DNA.”
Among the ten limited-edition motorcycle models unveiled at Motor Expo 2022 are:
Rocket 3 R Chrome Edition
Rocket 3 R Chrome Edition is the world’s largest capacity production 2500cc three-cylinder engine motorcycle that comes with real beauty in monochrome. The flawless full chrome fuel tank with its Jet Black accent is complemented by Jet Black mudguards, headlight bowls, front mudguard, fly screen, radiator cowls, side panels, and rear bodywork. The Matt Aluminium upper radiator cowl and fork guards provide a stunning contrast against the black engine and bodywork. At the price of 1.015 million baht.
Rocket 3 GT Chrome Edition
The Rocket 3 GT redefined the cruiser category. Its 2500cc three-cylinder engine blends seamlessly with the flawless full chrome tank in eye-catching Diablo Red. Jet Black headlight bowls, fly screen, front mudguard, radiator cowls, side panels and rear bodywork complement the lustrous red and chrome perfectly, while Matt Aluminium Silver fork guards and upper radiator cowls highlight the stunning lines and tie-in beautifully with the matching exhausts and intakes. At price of 1,045,000 baht
Bonneville T120 Chrome Edition
This stunning 1200cc Bonneville model features a flawlessly chromed fuel tank and an iconic and distinctive Meriden Blue painted surround, which is beautifully offset by the contrasting Jet Black mudguards, headlight bowl, and side panels. A matching Meriden Blue fly screen is also available as an accessory to complete the look and improve long-ride comfort, which also features in the dedicated accessory Kit. At price 596,000 baht
Bonneville Bobber Chrome Edition
In perfect contrast to its blacked-out attitude and style, the new 1200cc Bonneville Bobber Chrome Edition features an elegant chrome fuel tank, beautifully finished with a Jet Black overlay and delicately detailed Triumph triangle badges. Distinguished and distinctive, this monochrome makeover is complemented by Jet Black mudguards and side panels featuring the distinctive Bobber logo. A matching Jet Black short front mudguard is available as an accessory option. At price 635,000 baht
Scrambler 1200 XE Chrome Edition
The Scrambler 1200 XE Chrome Edition is powered by the torque-rich 1200cc Bonneville parallel twin engine. Its flawless full chrome fuel tank features a Brooklands Green painted stripe which incorporates the Triumph triangle tank badges. Brushed aluminium mudguards and silencer heat shields complement the tank perfectly while the headlight bowl and side panels are finished in deep Jet Black. It also comes with a hand-picked set of accessories, all of which are available to view on the Triumph configurator. At price 700,000 baht
Bonneville Speedmaster Chrome Edition
The new 1200cc Bonneville Speedmaster Chrome Edition is a stunning and beautiful reimagination of Triumph’s British custom classic icon. The exquisitely crafted limited edition chrome tank with its eye-catching Diablo Red surround makes sure this bike stands out in a crowd. Jet Black mudguards, side panels, and a headlight bowl frame this work of art perfectly, offering a rich contrast to the flawless chrome. A short front mudguard, in matching Jet Black, is also available as an accessory for added custom style, as well as a hand-selected set of chrome accessories. At price 635,000 baht
Thruxton RS Chrome Edition
Powered by the legendary 1200cc Bonneville parallel twin engine, the Thruxton RS Chrome Edition makes a bold new statement as the pinnacle in cafe racer style and the most focused Triumph modern classic look. Its full chrome tank in a classic signature shape is flawlessly finished and accented with a finely detailed and upscale Jet Black painted seam. Jet Black mudguards, side panels, seat cowl, and headlight bowl contrast beautifully against the bright chrome. A matching Jet Black accessory cockpit fairing is also available bringing even more custom style and wind protection to this stunning cafe racer, which also features in the dedicated accessory kit. At price of 714 thousand baht
Bonneville T100 Chrome Edition
The 900cc Bonneville T100 Chrome Edition features a contemporary Cobalt Blue fuel tank with unique Chrome Edition metal stripe detailing. And, complementing this stunning centrepiece, the mudguards, side panels and headlamp bowl are all finished in rich Jet Black. To add even more practicality and custom style, a matching Cobalt Blue fly screen is available as an accessory option, which also features in the dedicated accessory kit. At price 477 thousand baht
Speed Twin 900 Chrome Edition
Powered by the 900cc Bonneville twin engine, Triumph’s best-selling modern classic Speed Twin 900 Chrome Edition is set apart by its rich Red Hopper scheme across the tank with elegant Jet Black stripe and eye-catching Chrome Edition metal knee pad infills, matching its new Triumph triangle tank badges with metal detailing. Jet Black side panels with new red and silver graphics and Jet Black mudguards provide the perfect balance to this beautifully bold limited edition. A matching Red Hopper accessory fly screen is available to complete the custom classic look, which also features in the dedicated accessory kit. At the price of 414 thousand baht
Scrambler 900 Chrome Edition
Powered by the high torque 900cc Bonneville engine, the Scrambler 900 Chrome Edition brings a distinctive Brooklands Green fuel tank with a classic Jet Black tank stripe and bold Chrome Edition metal knee pad infills. Triumph triangle badges with metal detailing provide the tank’s finishing touch, while the mudguards, side panels, and frame cowl are finished in Jet Black. A Jet Black high mudguard and a Brooklands Green fly screen are both available as matching accessories. At the price of 484 thousand baht
“The ultimate adventure motorcycle range, the all-new Tiger 1200, will also be on display, including the latest top-of-the-line models Tiger 1200 Rally Pro and Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer which have been developed to include the best in all. A powerful new 1160cc triple engine provides more power and torque for outstanding performance. They are designed to be lighter and more streamlined in appearance, with more than 25kg lighter than the previous generation and an all-new comprehensive technology package. There are many Triumph masterpieces to see at this year’s Motor Expo,” said Chinsak.
“Both models come with three years unlimited mileage warranty, with the option to extend, high service intervals: 16 thousand km / 12 months, as well as free 24-hour roadside assistance (Triumph Roadside Assistance) for the first two years.”
The Tiger 1200 Rally Pro costs 972 thousand baht, while the Tiger 1200 Rally Explorer costs 1.039 million baht. Both models are available in three colour options: Snowdonia White, Sapphire Black, and Matt Khaki. Those interested can visit the Triumph booth at the event to enjoy the experience and learn more.
Furthermore, to add joy at the end-of-the-year season, inside the Triumph booth will be a variety of highlights for everyone to come and closely experience, such as a historic display of 26 Triumph motorcycle models from every segment, a very special promotion with a down payment of 0 baht and financing offers of up to 85 thousand baht or a 0% interest plan for up to 4 years. A special offer is available for purchasing the All-New Tiger 1200 with free accessories worth more than 92.690 thousand baht. Last but not least, a complete range of Triumph-inspired clothing collections is discounted by up to 70%.
Visitors to the Triumph British Corner can enjoy fun activities and share photos that make you feel like you’re in the United Kingdom. Experience the new collection of beautifully hand-crafted and distinctive limited-edition motorcycles, as well as a variety of promotions, at The 39th Thailand International Motor Expo 2022 at Triumph Booth G11, Challenger Hall 3, Impact Muang Thong Thani, between December 1 and 12, 2022.
PTT-Foxconn joint venture to deliver first EVs from Chonburi plant in 2024
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2022
Horizon Plus, a joint venture between PTT and Foxconn, will deliver the first batch of electric vehicles from its Chonburi plant in 2024, according to its chairman.
Buranin Rattanasombat said Horizon Plus is investing around 37 billion baht (US$1 billion) in its EV plant at Rojana Nongyai Industrial Park, where he broke ground for the project on Saturday.
Initial production capacity of 50,000 EVs per year will triple to 150,000 EVs by 2030 to support growing demand in Asea, said Buranin, who doubles as PTT’s chief new business and infrastructure officer. The project will create jobs for 2,000 high-skilled workers, he added.
Buranin said Horizon Plus will operate under a BOL (Build-Operate-Localise) policy to boost long-term competitiveness of the Thai EV industry and supply chain.
Thosaporn Sirisumphand, chairman of PTT and its EV arm Arun Plus, said Saturday’s stone-laying ceremony was an important step in the Foxconn-PTT partnership towards electrification of the regional auto industry.
“As the world moves toward low-carbon society, transition to the greener transportation alternatives such as EV will play a significant role in shaping future energy sustainability,” Thosaporn said. “This aligns with PTT’s commitment to create national energy security for the country.”
Auttapol Rerkpiboon, president and CEO of PTT, said: “The collaboration focuses not only on investment in EV production but also on research and development in Thailand.”
Kay Chiu, CEO of Horizon Plus, said full automation would boost production capacity and reduce costs, while clean energy will power operations to be Asean’s most modern and efficient manufacturer. Foxconn’s experience would ensure Horizon Plus’s success and help Thailand become Asean’s EV manufacturing hub, he said.
The plant will occupy a 500,000-square-metre plot in the heart of the Eastern Economic Corridor as part of Thailand’s vision to become the region’s EV manufacturing base.
Other big EV manufacturers setting up plants and battery factories include China’s BYD, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, MG, Great Wall Motors, and Volt. Meanwhile, Thailand’s Energy Absolute (EA) has launched the region’s largest lithium battery factory in Chachoengsao.
Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in Thailand rose 223 per cent in the first nine months of 2022 from the same period last year, according to the Energy Ministry.
Thailand EV sales soar 223% as buyers take advantage of incentives
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2022
Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in Thailand rose 223 per cent in the first nine months of 2022 from the same period last year, according to the Energy Ministry.
Buyers took advantage of generous incentives to register a total of 13,298 BEVs in the year up till September, Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow said on Friday.
Overall EV sales also grew with 11.9 per cent of the total made up of buses, trucks and other non-car EVs.
Included in the latest purchasers’ incentive package is a 70,000-baht subsidy for an EV car with 10-30 kWh battery capacity for completely knocked-down (CKD) and CBU units.
The subsidy rises to 150,000 baht for an EV car over 30kWh.
An 18,000-baht subsidy is available for purchase of an electric motorcycle from eligible manufacturers until 2023.
The EV subsidy package is funded by 3 billion baht from the 2022 central budget and from the longer-term 40-billion-baht investment in the EV industry between 2023 and 2025.
Supattanapong said the subsidies came under the “30@30” scheme to boost EV production to 30 per cent of total cars and motorcycles production capacity within 2030. The scheme also aims to set up 12,000 charging stations around the country and 40mW of battery factories.
Incentives also include 40 per cent less import duty for CBU BEVs priced up to 2 million baht and 20 per cent less for those priced 2 million-7 million baht until 2023.
Excise tax on imported EVs has also been cut from 8 per cent to 2 per cent.
The incentives apply to 27 types of EVs and cover:
Porsche sees 2% uptick in worldwide deliveries as of Q3 2022
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2022
Stuttgart – Demand for sports cars from Zuffenhausen remains strong. In the first three quarters of 2022, Porsche delivered 221,512 vehicles to customers worldwide, marking an increase of 2 per cent over the previous year. The most popular model remains the Porsche Cayenne.
“We have managed to increase our delivery numbers in the first nine months of the year – in spite of various challenges,” said Detlev von Platen, a member of the executive board for sales and marketing at Porsche AG.
“The popularity of Porsche as a modern luxury brand, as well as our products, is equally high on every continent. At the same time, we are still concerned about limitations to the supply of parts, which can impact waiting times for customers.”
Double-digit growth in home region
The biggest gains were in the sales region of Europe, where Porsche delivered 42,204 vehicles between January and September – 11 per cent more than the same period last year. In its home market, Germany, 20,850 customers took delivery of their vehicles – a gain of 9 per cent. In China, which remains its largest single market, Porsche delivered 68,766 vehicles (a drop of 1 per cent). The limitations engendered by months-long lockdowns were largely balanced out by the third quarter. In North America, Porsche recorded 56,357 deliveries. The slight decline of 4 per cent was due to logistical challenges, particularly in the first quarter, and accelerated deliveries in the third quarter continued to reduce the gap to the very strong previous year.
Cayenne remains most popular range
The SUV models remain in especially high demand among customers. With 66,769 deliveries, the Porsche Cayenne remains in the top spot. The second most popular model, the Macan, recorded 59,604 deliveries. The iconic sports car, the 911, continues to rise in popularity, with 30,611 deliveries – a gain of 9 per cent. The Panamera was delivered to 25,452 customers. Worldwide deliveries of the all-electric Taycan hit 25,073, with the 12 per cent decline due to supply chain-related bottlenecks and declining parts availability. Both of these factors particularly affect the electric sports car while the order book for the Taycan remains large. Customers also took delivery of 14,003 examples of the 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman models.
“The fourth-quarter sprint is in full swing and we need to stay on our toes regarding external factors and uncertainties,” said Detlev von Platen. “At the same time, we are tackling the remaining three months of the year full of resolve and vigour.”