U. S. carmaker Ford Motor expects Thai sales to grow healthily this year after rising by 38.7% year- onyear in the first two months of 2017, led primarily by the Thai- made Ford Ranger pickup. Narong Sritalayon, deputy managing director of Ford Thailand, said vehicle sales in Thailand this year are expected to grow at the same pace as the country’s overall domestic market or 4%, reaching 800,000 units.
Ford reported its domestic car sales from January to February totaled 7,450 units, a rise of 38.7% from the same period last year. The company’s Ranger nameplate led the pack, accounting for 80% of all deliveries. Thailand is now considered one of the top three markets in ASEAN for Ford, with sales from Thailand totaling 40,972 vehicles in 2016, up 12.4% from a year before. Ford reported its combined sales in ASEAN rose 11.5% in 2016 to 115,979 vehicles, marking its fourth consecutive year of record sales.
Mark Kaufman, president of Ford ASEAN, said Thailand will remain the key production hub for Ford in the region, with most Ford models here, including the Ranger, Everest and Ecosport, being made and shipped from Ford’s production facilities in Thailand -- both as completely built- up and completely knocked- down units.