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Early-year sales drive Ford's 2017 outlook

Car demand expected to rise with economy

A Ford Everest on display at the 36th Bangkok International Motor show. The company sold 7,450 vehicles in January and February, a 38.7% increase year-on-year. WICHAN CHAROENKIATPAKUL

US carmaker Ford Motor expects Thai sales to grow healthily this year after rising by 38.7% year-on-year in the first two months of 2017, led primarily by the Thai-made Ford Ranger pickup.

Narong Sritalayon, deputy managing director of Ford Thailand, said vehicle sales in Thailand this year are expected to grow at the same pace as the country's overall domestic market or 4%, reaching 800,000 units.

Ford reported its domestic car sales from January to February totalled 7,450 units, a rise of 38.7% from the same period last year. The company's Ranger nameplate led the pack, accounting for 80% of all deliveries.

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