Irish building up a head of steam in Myanmar

When Kieran Rabbitt stepped off a plane and into the heavy Yangon heat four years ago, little did he think he’d still be in Myanmar today, at the cutting edge of the country’s digital revolution. From offices in downtown Yangon, the Athenry native – along with Karim Ainsworth from Belfast – runs Cube Digital. The […]

New vehicle import policy disruptive to Toyota’s Myanmar strategy

Sales of Toyota cars are expected to trail behind that of other car makers in Myanmar as a result of the government’s latest vehicle import policy, a spokesperson for Toyota Motor Corporation said. Under the new policy, which was announced and made effective last month, all new imported cars must now be left-hand-drive in accordance […]

Japanese cars enjoy an afterlife in Myanmar, but not for much longer

THE Japanese make cars that last but replace them relatively quickly. The average car in Japan is three years younger than in America. This combination of durable manufacturing and dutiful consumption of a prized national product works out well for the rest of the world; many countries import older Japanese cars in bulk. Secondhand vehicles […]

How the new vehicle import policy could disrupt the car market

On October 16, the Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles Importing officially released a set of new rules stating that only left-hand-drive vehicles can be imported into Myanmar from 2018 onwards. Those rules have since ignited much criticism from car traders and other stakeholders who foresee the new import policy as having a disruptive impact on […]

Ford to Locally Distribute New, Cheaper Cars With Yangon License Plates

Ford’s new assembly plant in Yangon, officially launched on July 21, will enable the US car maker to sell two new models at lower prices. As they will be assembled and distributed locally, customers will be able to obtain Yangon license plates for the cars. Located at the East Dagon Industrial Zone, the new Ford […]

Dealers Face Shortages of Toyota Alphards, Myanmar’s Most Popular Used-Car

The Toyota Alphard has become the highest selling used-car in Myanmar say industry experts, with the Japanese made car selling so well in fact, car dealers are struggling to keep up with demand. Even though dozens of car manufacturers from North America and Eu­rope have opened up dealerships in Myanmar in recent years, Toyota is […]

Myanmar auto industry shifts from used to new in shake-up

Myanmar, long known as a used-car paradise, is undergoing a drastic change in its automobile industry as the government tries to cultivate production by restricting secondhand imports. Sakura Trade Center, the Southeast Asian nation’s biggest auto importer, opened a Suzuki showroom Saturday in central Yangon. The dealership is Sakura’s first for new vehicles, as the […]

Suzuki to make and sell high-end cars in Thilawa

Suzuki will manufacture highend cars next year at an auto manufacturing factory in Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), said Mr. Takayuki SuJiyama, Managing Director of Suzuki (Myanmar) Motor Co. Suzuki has already firmly established itself in the Myanmar automobile market and now plans to fulfill the need for all types of cars, Mr. SuJiyama said. […]

Toyota sees uphill sales battle in Yangon

Local car dealer Toyota Aye and Sons is hoping a hire purchase scheme will help boost sales of a new Toyota model, which has to compete with a sea of used vehicles in a market complicated by regulations. Toyota has been struggling to sell brand-new cars in Myanmar despite campaigns and promotions. The market is already awash with […]

Suzuki to establish factory in Thilawa SEZ

SUZUKI has announced that it plans to expand its business in Myanmar by building a manufacturing factory of automobiles and motorcycles in the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ). “Suzuki began manufacturing automobiles and motorcycles in Yangon South Dagon Township in 1999. Although a 12-year investment agreement was due, we have been trying to make automobiles […]