BMW breaks ground on Thai plant BANGKOK — BMW AG broke ground on a US$26 million plant in Thailand, but the automaker is seeking to increase its presence here even more so. BMW says it hopes to turn Thailand into an export base for Southeast Asia, but officials add this depends on the country's ability to renew its pursuit of an Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations' free-trade agreement. Those efforts have been put on a back burner since the Asian financial crisis began in 1997. The German ...

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