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Indonesia overtaking Thai car market

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Thailand's automotive industry faces a challenge from Indonesia to its status as the biggest car market in Southeast Asia. 

According to the Asean Automotive Federation, last year Thailand was the regional leader in every aspect of the industry: production, domestic sales and exports. It produced 2.46 million vehicles, while Indonesia turned out 1.2 million.

"Indonesia is expected to become Thailand's arch rival once the Asean Economic Community is integrated in late 2015," said Ong-arj Pongkijworasin, chairman of the automotive industry club of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).

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