Car exports: An elusive dream

Exporting locally made cars could turn viable as early as three years from now, industry leaders said.

But the turning point could possibly be delayed by eight years, they said.

All depends on the domestic market that could prove to be a stable launching pad for exports. Some industry members believe 200,000 units in domestic sales is a sufficient base, while others put the threshold at 220,000 to 250,000 a year.

These are the estimated volumes, the assemblers said, that would ensure economies of scale to make locally assembled cars competitive in the export market.

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