The future of Thailand, politically and economically, is swathed in uncertainty these days. The militarists who took charge of this Southeast Asian nation in a coup d'etat last September still are fumbling and stumbling their way to what end no one knows for sure yet, and the general unease is overshadowing the automotive industry. “This is going to be a tough year,” says a senior executive with a major foreign auto maker in Thailand who does not wish to be named. “January sales were ...

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