Some 13 months after army generals took charge in a bloodless coup d’etat, Thailand remains in a muddle of political confusion and economic uncertainty. Consumer confidence remains low and the country's housing market is soft. New-vehicle sales are sluggish, with deliveries through September down 7.6% to 451,326 units from like-2006. Year-to-date vehicle exports, up 23.4% to 495,895 units, are one of the few bright spots in an economy that is expected to grow 4% this year vs. 5% in 2006. ...

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