Suzuki to Halt Car Manufacturing in Thailand, Focus on Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Suzuki to Halt Car Manufacturing in Thailand, Focus on Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

Embracing Sustainability: Suzuki’s Strategic Shift Reflects Global Trends and Environmental Goals

Suzuki Motor Corp has announced it will stop manufacturing cars and trucks in Thailand by the end of next year, shifting its focus to producing electric and hybrid vehicles in other locations. Despite this change, the Japanese automaker will maintain its presence in Thailand by importing vehicles, including electric and hybrid models, from its plants in other parts of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Japan, and India.

This decision to close the Rayong plant, established 12 years ago with a production capacity of 60,000 units annually and employing around 800 people, is part of Suzuki’s broader strategy to align with global carbon neutrality and electrification goals. By consolidating its production efforts elsewhere, Suzuki aims to streamline its operations and contribute more effectively to environmental sustainability.

Suzuki Motor Corp has announced it will stop manufacturing cars and trucks in Thailand by the end of next year, shifting its focus to producing electric and hybrid vehicles in other locations. This decision to close the Rayong plant, established 12 years ago with a production capacity of 60,000 units annually and employing around 800 people, is part of Suzuki's broader strategy to align with global carbon neutrality and electrification goals.
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Suzuki has ambitious plans for the future, outlining the introduction of six electric vehicle models by the 2030-2031 fiscal year. The company expects to launch its first electric vehicle in India by next year, signaling a significant step towards its electrification targets.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s automotive sector is grappling with significant challenges. The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) reports an uptick in factory closures this year, driven by economic downturns, industry mergers, and escalating operational expenses. This broader economic context adds another layer of complexity to Suzuki’s strategic shift, highlighting the difficulties faced by the automotive industry in adapting to changing market conditions and technological advancements.

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