With about one million domestic car sales and another million cars exported last year, the Thai auto industry proceeded with its tradition of two auto shows this year, pandemic notwithstanding.

The final event for this year, the Thai International Motor Expo organised by the IMC group, defined a radical trend in the market that Geely-Proton ignores at Malaysia’s peril.

That China cars have gained a foothold in the ASEAN car market via Thailand is a signal call for Malaysia’s Proton-Geely to gear up for exports. But CKD exports needs government nourishment. Will this be forthcoming with the current Perikatan National government?             

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