It seems neither the Chevrolet Spark nor the Sonic is qualified to join Thailand's Eco Car program. At the ongoing Bangkok International Motor Show, General Motors Thailand announced that it will join Phase 2 of the aforementioned program.
Phase 2 of the Eco Car program requires car manufacturers to build an all-new vehicle--using locally produced parts--that is fuel-efficient, environment-friendly and affordable "throughout the region by the end of the decade."
"GM's intent to develop a new Chevrolet car for production in Thailand is well aligned with the objective of the Eco Car program," said newly installed GM Thailand and Chevrolet Sales Thailand managing director Marcos Purty. "By submitting this application, GM reaffirms its commitment to invest in Thailand and make Rayong a strategic hub for global exports. Additionally, this investment will bolster our long-term commitment to the excellent regional supplier network."
GM's Eco Car project could make its debut in either 2015 or 2016.