RAYONG province, Thailand — The domestic market here is almost incidental to the new US$640 million plant General Motors Corp. officially opened May 8. The name of the GM game in Thailand is, in a word, “exports.” During ramp up this year, 85% of the 8,000-plus 1.8L Zafira multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) rolling out of final assembly will be shipped overseas, mostly to Europe where the popular model was introduced in April 1999. Next year, when full Zafira production gets under way at an ...

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