Compact seven-seat MPVs are popular in Indonesia because they don't cost too much and can take many people on board to fight tight road space. As well, our Asean neighbour gives special taxes for such vehicles, explaining why models like the Honda Freed, Suzuki Ertiga and Toyota Avanza are being assembled there and shipped to Thailand duty-free via the Afta scheme.
Today, Chevrolet has become the latest mainstream player to employ a similar tactic to the Japanese by basing production of the Brazilian-developed Spin in Indonesia.
It's not that the market for mini-MPVs is so big in Thailand that Chevrolet decided to sell the Spin here, because it is claimed that many Thais have a tendency to question the quality of Indonesian-made cars.
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