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jpd80
24th March 2012, 01:56 PM
All-New Ford Focus To Make its ASEAN Debut at the 33rd Bangkok International Motor Show

*The all-new Ford Focus is the next of eight all-new global One Ford vehicles to be introduced in ASEAN by mid-decade
*Ford stand at the ASEAN region's premiere auto show will feature an array of interactive displays and full range of Ford vehicles, including the expanded lineup of the class-leading Ford Fiesta and class-defining All-New Ford Ranger
*The Bangkok Show will serve as the ASEAN preview for the new Ford Territory premium SUV to gauge public interest


Ford will also use the Bangkok Show for the ASEAN preview of the Australian-built Ford Territory premium SUV to gauge customer interest and the feasibility of a local market introduction.

The new Ford Territory is a seven-seat crossover, equipped with a 2.7L TDCi V6 turbo-diesel engine with six-speed automatic transmission.

This could be the start of a Ford Australia resurgence, shame Ecoboost Falcon wasn't there too.

Road_Warrior
24th March 2012, 02:11 PM
Hopefully this will take off and open the door for Ecoboost Falcon exports too.

I note however the media release is from the US Ford site, no mention of it on the Ford Australia site. Also, the release refers to the Territory as a "premium SUV"...interesting...

Airmon
27th March 2012, 04:22 PM
Even if they ship them as CKD's that's good news. I hope they get a good reception!

Falc'man
27th March 2012, 06:37 PM
Hmmm... Let's just hope they don't make a carbon copy and export into Australia. In all seriousness the new front end is quite attractive and it should arouse some interest.

Is diesel cheaper than petrol in Asia?

Airmon
28th March 2012, 09:03 PM
This weeks Mellor had an article on this. Apparently trying for Thailand.
Although its hard despite the free trade agreement due to imported cars over 3lt in capacity having a 60% increased rego fee. The diesel will reduce this to 50%.....
And peoples wonder why our industry finds it difficult to compete!

phillyc
29th March 2012, 08:46 PM
This is making a few positive inroads in the press. It is also highlighting the inequities in the FTA. Where it is free to Australia to import, but there are vehicle excises applied in Thailand which are specifically tailored to shield the domestic products based on engine capacities and therefore penalise the imports.

Thailand are also about to introduce a tax excise scheme if it is locally built too. This i believe is definitely in breach of WTO arrangements. Mind you i'd be quite happy if it were applied to a $35k FG2 XR6 and you got 10% GST back!

Here is a link to someones abbreviation of the Thai taxes.

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/...s-in-thailand/

It's a difficult one to steer around! It does seem that at least there would be no import duty of 80% on Australian made products going to Thailand. But, the excise duty which is applied after that skews in favour of Pickups. Which are predominantly made in Thailand at just 3% excise for under 3250cc. A car with similar capacity (not likely to be made in Thailand) cops 50% excise.

A Passenger Pickup Vehicle is SUV or is it a T6 Ranger based SUV? But that will cop 20% under 3250cc. 50% over 3250cc. If that isn't a softroader type SUV then the under 3000ccc & 220hp excise of 40% will apply.

So, a Territory might actually have 20% or 40% excise applied. With no import duty, it might be quite competitively priced!

Here are some links found

http://news.drive.com.au/drive/motor-news/free-trade-no-chance-20120327-1vvh8.html

http://www.caradvice.com.au/165268/ford-territory-export-hopes-for-thailand/

http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/46E426D097E8898CCA2579CE000F1CB0