BANGKOK, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Domestic car sales in Thailand
fell 17.2% in December from a year earlier and dropped 4.2% in
the whole of 2021, due to coronavirus outbreaks and a shortage
of microchips, the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) said on
Car sales totalled 86,145 units in December and 759,119
vehicles in all 2021, slightly above target, the FTI said.
In 2022, the FTI still forecasts car sales at 800,000 to
850,000 vehicles, or a rise of 5.4% to 12%, supported by easing
of travel curbs and economic recovery, Surapong
Paisitpattanapong, a spokesperson for FTI's automotive industry
division, told a briefing.
Thailand is a regional vehicle production and export base
for the world's top carmakers, including Toyota, Honda
The industry accounts for about 10% of Thailand's gross
domestic product and its manufacturing jobs.
Car exports, however, jumped about 48% in December from a
year earlier and rose 30.4% in the whole of 2021, the FTI said.
It predicts car exports to rise by 4.3% to 1 million vehicles in
(Reporting by Satawasin Staporncharnchai and Orathai Sriring;
Editing by Martin Petty)