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Honda scraps 1,000 flood-ravaged cars in Thailand

Published on Dec 28, 2011 6:00 AM

BANGKOK (AFP) - Japanese automaker Honda on Tuesday began destroying more than 1,000 cars in Thailand to reassure customers that no vehicles damaged in the country's recent flood crisis will ever be sold.

The scrapping process at Honda's plant in the central province of Ayutthaya is expected to take one month, the company said in a statement.

The plant is located in the Rojana Industrial Park, where heavy flooding in early October brought production to a halt and aerial pictures showed hundreds of new cars submerged in muddy water.

'While we were able to relocate many new cars that were awaiting shipment to a safe area, 1,055 vehicles that remained in the plant were finally damaged by the flood,' said Mr Pitak Pruittisarikorn, executive vice-president of Honda Automobile Thailand.

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