There may be less than immediately meets the eye regarding Thailand’s proposed plan to produce small, fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly “eco-cars.” Government strategists hope to strengthen the country’s automotive industry with another winner to back up pickup trucks, a runaway favorite in the domestic and export markets, but how effectively the bold new project will pan out in practice remains to be seen. “Thailand is adding a second leg to its auto industry,” says John Bonnell, ...

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