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 […]

Nissan to build cars in Myanmar for first time

YANGON — Japanese auto giant Nissan will start assembling cars in Myanmar for the first time this year, the company said Wednesday, as it expands its presence in one of Asia’s final economic frontiers. Foreign companies have piled into the Southeast Asian nation since reforms began in 2011, eager to tap into a 51.5 million-strong […]

Second attempt planned for local car assembly

Developing a domestic car assembly and manufacturing industry may be a difficult task, but proponents claim it will help boost new car ownership levels in the country. With as much as 99 percent of car sales thought to be used vehicles, largely imported from Japan, experts say locally assembled vehicles would help shift the tide […]

Burma’s New Auto Policy to Promote Manufacturing, Say Experts

RANGOON — Domestic and foreign car industry experts will convene over the weekend to hash out details of a new automobile policy geared toward streamlining Burma’s ownership, manufacturing and import practices. The Myanmar Automobile Policy Conference will take place at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce (UMFCCI) in Rangoon on May 31. […]

Race begins for motorcycle dealers

Each week salespeople from at least two different motorcycle manufacturers approach Ko Tun Zaw Win to see if his three Mandalay shops will act as resellers for their brands, he said. He turns away most, but the other dealers are not being so picky. Two years ago only a handful of brands were available locally. […]