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Thailand's eco-car program is so popular, it might be easier for us to report to you who has not joined. VW confirmed Friday they joined after reports they submitted an application to the program in November. "We want to strengthen in South-East Asia," said the head of VW's office in Germany. The company reportedly plans to invest 27 billion baht (912 million dollars) in a plant near Bangkok. Volkswagen wants to double their output of cars from 3.4m vehicles last year to 6.5m by 2018. Once all s

Add Mitsubishi to the list of carmakers going to Thailand to make green cars. Mitsubishi will spend 20 billion yen (US$179 million) to produce some 100,000 cars cars a year with small engines, high MPG and low CO2 emissions (this means engines that are 1.3 liters or smaller, vehicles that get 20km per liter (56.6 MPG) and emit less than 192 grams of CO2 per mile (120 g/km)). We told you Toyota intended to submit the application November 30th and now, we have news Toyota has submitted their appl

We already announced this for Toyota and for Honda, and now it's time for Suzuki and Nissan: Thailand is giving significant tax incentives for automakers who decide to build cars that are considered respectful to the environment. To be eligible for the tax incentives, a company must, first of all, be building vehicles that get better than 56.5 mpg (5 l/100 km) and produce less than 192 grams of CO2 per mile (120 g/km).

Building a new car, especially one that is advanced and sellable enough to carve its own niche in today's car world is very difficult. However, Thailand could be the place where it's easiest. Certain restrictions apply. See Thailand for details.

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