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Southeast Asia seeks ways to protect car industry

Nations deploy mix of import curbs and tax benefits to aid local industries

A locally manufactured Toyota pickup truck being driven onto a ship for shipment overseas at a Thai port. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)
A locally manufactured Toyota pickup truck is driven onto a ship for shipment overseas at a Thai port. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

BANGKOK/JAKARTA -- Several Southeast Asian countries are finding ways to protect their emerging car industries from imports, after eliminating auto duties by the end of  last year.

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