Thailand produced 2.45 million automobiles in 2013, the most it had done in 52 years - putting the country on the list of top 10 automobile producers in the world.

Surapong Paisitpattanapong, spokesman of the automotive industry group of the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), revealed that 2013 was the best year for the Thai automotive industry, adding that the political protests did nothing to deter the sales.

However, last December saw a 28.22 percent decline in production compared to the year earlier due to less demand for first-car buyers under the government’s scheme.

December 2013 exports, on the other hand, have increased by 1.93 percent compared to the same period of the year before, with revenues of around 40 billion THB.-VNA/NNT