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Quickest way to lose money is buy a new Chevrolet in Thailand

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8 hours ago, bwpage3 said:

The loss is the economic impact and loss of 1500 jobs.

I was of course referring to the product  and its removal from the market place in Thailand, which is no loss. Its direct economic impact is negligible as others will take up the slack.   It is a uniquely socialist idea, that you should continue to manufacture a below standard product, that does not sell well and does not generate the required return,  just to create or maintain jobs.  That's what Russian Lada's were for.  Certainly tough if you lose your job, but that's globalisation and the commercial World we all live in.  Good products succeed, as do their work force. 

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5 hours ago, Pilotman said:

I was of course referring to the product  and its removal from the market place in Thailand, which is no loss. Its direct economic impact is negligible as others will take up the slack.   It is a uniquely socialist idea, that you should continue to manufacture a below standard product, that does not sell well and does not generate the required return,  just to create or maintain jobs.  That's what Russian Lada's were for.  Certainly tough if you lose your job, but that's globalisation and the commercial World we all live in.  Good products succeed, as do their work force. 

Not sure there are others to take up the slack.

 

Chevy is a huge seller in the USA.

 

Not so in Thailand.

 

The difference? Made in Thailand versus made in America.

 

Chevy Corvette, Camaro's, Chevy trucks are all great vehicles in the US.

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4 minutes ago, bwpage3 said:

 

The difference? Made in Thailand versus made in America.

 

 

Also whimpy 4cyl diesel VS thumping V8's !!

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4 hours ago, bwpage3 said:

Chevy is a huge seller in the USA.

 

Not so in Thailand.

 

The difference? Made in Thailand versus made in America.

 

What an utterly ridiculous, ignorant and frankly borderline racist comment.  Let me counter with one of my own.  Chevy is a huge seller in the USA because you are all bible thumping, flag bearing, Trump supporting bigots who believe in USA USA USA and buy out of patriotism rather than any other logical reason.  They don't sell well anywhere else because people are more intelligent in the rest of the world and can make rational decisions.  Sound fair?  Agree with a damning sweeping statement?  If it's ok for you it should be ok for me.

Ever considered that Chevrolets are just a bit rubbish??  Mmmm, the Captiva with its rattly, underpowered diesel engine and interior of cheap plastic - the aspirational dream of absolutely no-one.  Chevrolet sells next to nothing in the UK too because there are much better cars available.  Where are they made?  Thailand?  Nope.  So why don't they sell in the UK?  

Thailand is a global powerhouse of car manufacturing and assembly and that is a fact whether you like it or not.  Toyota, Honda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Isuzu produce millions of vehicles in Thailand and they sell extremely well, so explain that please.  Mitsubishi makes all of its trucks globally in Thailand.  Ford uses Thailand to build all of its Fiestas for the whole of Asia and last I checked they were pretty popular.  Face it, Chevy failed here because their cars are not as good as their competitors'.  And their aftersales service sucked.

So please take your unfounded, ignorant and offensive tripe elsewhere.  Failed because made in Thailand, really, how sad and pathetic a thing to say.  

Edit:  Ah wait, just realised you're the guy from the other thread who hates Thailand and thinks Florida is a global utopia.  It explains a lot.  And you care so little about Thailand you still come to the forum years after you left the country to tell everyone how much you hate it, how little it means to you, and how much better America is rather than just forgetting about the place.   And Chevy failed because of Thailand.   Ok, got it, let's move along.  USA!  USA!!

Really you can only laugh and wonder at some people...

 

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Chevy Corvette, Camaro's, Chevy trucks are all great vehicles in the US.

...and nowhere else.  Case closed.

Final point: how are your MADE IN AMERICA Boeings doing?
 

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16 hours ago, bwpage3 said:

Not sure there are others to take up the slack.

 

Chevy is a huge seller in the USA.

 

Not so in Thailand.

 

The difference? Made in Thailand versus made in America.

 

Chevy Corvette, Camaro's, Chevy trucks are all great vehicles in the US.

Made in Thailand or made in America - no real difference if it's the same company using the same production standards. Harley Davidson motorcycles are reportedly being made in Thailand but sold in the USA. They are considered quality products.

 

What it comes down to is the product offering in Thailand in recent years has been dismal. They used to make sedans like the Cruze that were reasonably popular until like 2015, and then all of a sudden you were left with only the aging international version Colorado and two SUVs, the Trailblazer and the Captiva. The latter is made in Indonesia in partnership with a Chinese manufacturer (can't remember which one). 3 models left, hardly a very inspiring offering when Toyota offers all sorts of models and types of vehicles, including an equivalent of the Corvette. Ford also (Mustang is offered in RHD format in Thailand).

 

Going forward, Thailand (like Australia and New Zealand) may see limited imports of factory made RHD Corvettes imported, but that's about it.

 

Unfortunately, the American manufacturers for some reason never made full size pickup trucks or full size SUVs for the RHD market anywhere in the world. The limited numbers you see in countries like Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia tend to be local conversions from LHD to RHD.

 

Japanese, Korean, Chinese and European manufacturers have for whatever reason never designed or built a full size pickup either (other than the Toyota Tundra, which is again only officially available in North America). Designed and developed in the USA but for some unknown reason not manufactured in Thailand or anywhere else.

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13 hours ago, josephbloggs said:

What an utterly ridiculous, ignorant and frankly borderline racist comment.  Let me counter with one of my own.  Chevy is a huge seller in the USA because you are all bible thumping, flag bearing, Trump supporting bigots who believe in USA USA USA and buy out of patriotism rather than any other logical reason.  They don't sell well anywhere else because people are more intelligent in the rest of the world and can make rational decisions.  Sound fair?  Agree with a damning sweeping statement?  If it's ok for you it should be ok for me.

Ever considered that Chevrolets are just a bit rubbish??  Mmmm, the Captiva with its rattly, underpowered diesel engine and interior of cheap plastic - the aspirational dream of absolutely no-one.  Chevrolet sells next to nothing in the UK too because there are much better cars available.  Where are they made?  Thailand?  Nope.  So why don't they sell in the UK?  

Thailand is a global powerhouse of car manufacturing and assembly and that is a fact whether you like it or not.  Toyota, Honda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Isuzu produce millions of vehicles in Thailand and they sell extremely well, so explain that please.  Mitsubishi makes all of its trucks globally in Thailand.  Ford uses Thailand to build all of its Fiestas for the whole of Asia and last I checked they were pretty popular.  Face it, Chevy failed here because their cars are not as good as their competitors'.  And their aftersales service sucked.

So please take your unfounded, ignorant and offensive tripe elsewhere.  Failed because made in Thailand, really, how sad and pathetic a thing to say.  

Edit:  Ah wait, just realised you're the guy from the other thread who hates Thailand and thinks Florida is a global utopia.  It explains a lot.  And you care so little about Thailand you still come to the forum years after you left the country to tell everyone how much you hate it, how little it means to you, and how much better America is rather than just forgetting about the place.   And Chevy failed because of Thailand.   Ok, got it, let's move along.  USA!  USA!!

Really you can only laugh and wonder at some people...

 

...and nowhere else.  Case closed.

Final point: how are your MADE IN AMERICA Boeings doing?
 

I might add a few things:

 

GM under the direction of it's first female General Manager has decided to turn GM into a regional, rather than a global company, by shuttering it's operations in Europe, Russia, South Africa, Vietnam, India and finally Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. What remains are North America, China and South Korea. This most likely suggests that GM just isn't doing well outside it's core markets.

 

Also, the product offering overseas has been severely cut back, with some models never having been offered in the first place. Since 2016 it's no longer possible to buy a Chevy sedan. No idea why they axed the Cruze and the hatchback model. Despite Thais having a traditional preference for pickup trucks and more recently SUVs, a growing number of Thais have gravitated towards sedans and hatchbacks in recent years. Therefore, I think GM made an error in judgement in ridding it's product line-up here of small vehicles.

 

Thailand, Australia and New Zealand have good quality, wide roads (New Zealand not so much outside of the north island but still...) therefore I don't see why they never introduced a RHD full size pickup for these markets. No reason why the Thai factory never built one. Had they done so, I think there is a good chance Thais would have gone for it (and certainly Aussies and Kiwis too).

 

Anyway, let's see what Great Wall offers in it's place!

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On 7/2/2020 at 8:01 AM, MaxYakov said:

Obviously, whoever wrote the title was not a USA car person (GM or General Motors was probably a better choice). Great Wall Motors?! Really? Leave it to the Chinese. Will they Great Stonewall if you report a problem with one of their vehicles? But I digress:

 

Saying goodbye to 27 years of manufacturing in Thailand - Chevvy Chevy calls it quits

 

 

Every previous article said GM only started manufacturing vehicles in Thailand in the year 2000, thus 20 years of manufacturing history here, not 27.

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