The new Captiva is the second mass production fruits and vegetables after Mitsubishi Lancer Ex in the Thai market that can run on all types of gasoline to E85, a blend of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline.
Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan and Aveo subcompact is the next E85-compatible models.
“We can not confirm at the time that we launch,” said Martin Apfel, president of GM operations in Southeast Asia, GM Thailand and Chevrolet Sales Thailand.
Wanchana Unakul, director of product development, said it took nearly two years of GM to develop and produce the first model Captiva fruits and vegetables, as I had to prepare the procedures of technology, engineering and executio
Mr. Apfel said it was vital for GM to develop and manufacture vehicles that run on alternative fuels, especially E85 vehicles because the fuel is cheap and environmentally friendly. More importantly, he said, the fuel derived from agricultural products that are abundant locally, which income support for farmers to increase. ”
In addition to the E85 vehicles, GM also produces Aveo running compressed natural gas.
Despite the willingness of GM to produce FFV, E85 is only available in 23 PTT and Bangchak stations throughout the country.
GM urged oil companies to expand E85 stations to accommodate the growing number of FFVs.
In addition, he said, PTT delay in its development plan of 100 CNG stations. “We call on PTT to expand markets fuel to meet its plan.” said.
Antonio Zara, vice president of sales, marketing and after sales, said the new Captiva sporting a new look and better performance with a line of 2.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline.
Prices rage from 1198000 to 1580000 baht, and public presentation will take place at Siam Paragon from July 29-31.
Mr. Apfel said GM expects to sell 3,000 units of the new Captiva later this year. Captiva old model was selling for 300 units per month on average.
Chevrolet has set a global sales target this year to between 45,000 and 50,000 units, which would double its market share of between 4.6% and 5% from last year. That the projects total sales of 920,000 cars this year in units, above expectations of many others in the industry.