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Hyundai and Great Wall EVs challenge Japan's dominance in Southeast Asia

As Thailand and Indonesia go electric, hybrid-focused players risk losing out

Great Wall Motor produces the Haval H6 hybrid SUV at its new smart factory in Thailand.

BANGKOK -- When China's Great Wall Motor rolled out the Haval H6 hybrid sport utility vehicle in Thailand last month, the slogan for the launch -- "It's time to change" -- seemed to throw down the gauntlet to the Japanese companies that enjoy a near-monopoly in Southeast Asia.

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