While Thailand is mostly known for sandy beaches, fake watches and other pleasures that need to be paid for in cash, Thailand has a strong manufacturing base, with many automakers producing vehicles and components in the developing nation.
October’s flooding, which ravaged the Southeast Asian country, made a major dent in the production figures of Japanese automakers in particular. Toyota estimates that it lost 87,000 vehicles alone due to the flooding. Other automakers, like Nissan, Mazda and Mitsubishi are just re-starting production as well.
Honda was impacted fairly strongly, although their power products and motorcycles seem to have been hit the hardest. Honda’s CBR250R motorcycle, a popular entry-level bike, is built in Thailand, though the flood’s effect on their automobiles (like the Brio city car) has not been fully discovered.
[Source: Automotive News]