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Thailand Forums - Blogs http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/blog.php We can answer your questions about Thailand for free 24/7. These forums are family friendly and safe for students. en-USA Fri, 24 May 2019 03:02:50 GMT vBulletin 60 http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/images/misc/rss.jpg Thailand Forums - Blogs http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/blog.php Pak Chong: My Bruce Lee Story http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?1143-Pak-Chong-My-Bruce-Lee-Story Sun, 31 Jul 2016 08:55:36 GMT ---Quote (Originally by Arwing)--- Sadly, i only made it to the ice factory. With more time (and a Thai friend) i could have discovered many more of the places featured in the movie. For some reason there is little to no information regarding this...
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Sadly, i only made it to the ice factory. With more time (and a Thai friend) i could have discovered many more of the places featured in the movie. For some reason there is little to no information regarding this online. Yet for his last movie, "Enter the Dragon" there is a plethora of information. All the scenes, locations and how to get there. I had to pick up my things from Chiang Mai and then i head south to Phuket (where i fly to Australia from). So i had a lot of ground to cover on only a 30 day VISA. If i get the chance in the future, i'd like to document this as fully as i can. It's always nice to have an excuse to come back and it was great seeing Issan again too.

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Pak Chong: My Bruce Lee Story http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?1142-Pak-Chong-My-Bruce-Lee-Story Sun, 31 Jul 2016 08:54:23 GMT ---Quote (Originally by Arwing)--- Attachment 22253 (http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=22253) Attachment 22254 (http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=22254) Attachment 22255...
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There's not even a whisper of Bruce Lee to be heard of in Pak Chong, yet ask some hotel owners or a local of a certain age, and they'll run behind the counter and bring forth a bundle of printouts of scenes from The Big Boss, showing Bruce Lee with various Pak Chong landmarks in the background. While i can speak Thai generally, i find it very difficult to have intricate conversations, especially about subjects like this, as i've just never come across or needed the required words before. Still, i managed to get the location of the ice factory featured in the movie. It's still in operation today and the owner is very friendly and is happy to give visitors the run of the place in order to take pictures and video.

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Pak Chong: My Bruce Lee Story http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?1141-Pak-Chong-My-Bruce-Lee-Story Sun, 31 Jul 2016 08:53:43 GMT
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I've been using Thailand as a base for the past 2 years whilst backpacking Asia. I also spent a year travelling Thailand back in 2010/2553. Because of this, i've gotten lazy, with a bit of a "been there, done that" attitude. But because this is my last visit to Thailand, before heading to Australia and South America, i decided to do something other than drift through the south, or head to Chiang Mai for a month. I'm a huge Bruce Lee fan and the first of the "big 4" movies he made, "The Big Boss", was filmed in Pak Chong, Korat (Nakhon Ratchasima). So i went there in an attempt to track down some of the locations seen in the movie, filmed 45 years ago.

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As always, i arrived by 3rd class train (36 from Bangkok - or free if you're a Thai citizen). There was a steady stream of travellers here but they were all just passing through on their way to/from Khao Yai national park. The main town itself has several nice attractions along the main Thannon Tessaban road, just 1 minute walk south from the train station. Khaocan Park and the adjoined wild-west themed Khoacan Terminal are two such attractions. The latter having a nice view of the main thoroughfare. No entry fee is required for either of these places. Though i don't know if Khaocan Terminal is closed or just seasonal? But there was no activity here and everything was shut. Still, the view from the top is worth the effort. Nearby is Wat Wanchai. Spectacular aerial views of Pak Chong can be had from up here. Again, no entry fee. There is also a great night market along Thannon Tessaban, just south of the train station.

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Motorbike rental VS Public transport http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?1140-Motorbike-rental-VS-Public-transport Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:21:45 GMT
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Also, some useful information can be found at . But it's all in Thai.

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Motorbike rental VS Public transport http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?1139-Motorbike-rental-VS-Public-transport Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:21:13 GMT
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There is also a free shuttle sawngthaew (Green in colour) that takes you to Airport plaza. Unfortunately, this doesn't pass through the city centre (walled/moated area). Below are details of the times and a map of its route.....

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I "think" there is also a free shuttle bus (sawngthaew) to the new MAYA Lifestyle shopping centre. I will find information on that soon.
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Motorbike rental VS Public transport http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?1138-Motorbike-rental-VS-Public-transport Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:18:43 GMT
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I'm a big fan of motorbike rental, especially in Thailand. You can base yourself anywhere you desire, yet still have the freedom to go where you want, when you want. But with THIS.....

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I didn't have a license, so got a fine.

..... becoming a daily problem, rather than a monthly one, public transport is beginning to show its appeal. Previously, there were no buses within the city itself. Sawngthaew have always been the "buses" of Chiang Mai. Until recently that is. Chiang Mai has now introduced these small buses to the city.....

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..... all the information is in Thai so i'm presenting this the best i can from my own experiences and what i could glean from the afore mentioned information. There are 3 main buses / routes. BLUE (B1), GREEN (B2) and RED (10). B1 and B2 price is 10B - 15B. Doesn't matter if you travel just 1 stop, or the entire route, the price is set at 10B - 15B. For bus 10, the price is a little more, 15B - 20B. Below is a map. It shows each of the routes as a coloured line and the bus stops / pick up points are shown as red dots.

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If anyone can add to this or post some useful information about public, cheap or free transport around Chiang Mai, i'm sure it will be a very useful topic to many.
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<![CDATA[Lost & Found in Translation]]> http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?1137-Lost-amp-Found-in-Translation Fri, 24 May 2013 09:01:51 GMT *__Chapter 1__* It was all started when I was a young chap, freshly graduated, willing , ambitious and a first time visitor of Thailand and as I remember, it was the Summer of 1987 when I arrived at the old Don Mueng airport . Those were... Chapter 1

It was all started when I was a young chap, freshly graduated, willing , ambitious and a first time visitor of Thailand and as I remember, it was the Summer of 1987 when I arrived at the old Don Mueng airport .
Those were different times, there was a huge crowd just out side of arrival terminal lounge, pushing and dragging, every single passenger coming out of the gates and offering them all types of "decent" and "indecent" services.


I needed a taxi to get to my hotel, but most of the taxi drivers were trying push me and drag my luggage away, while trying to convince me in a strange language, a mixture of;

"hey you...then a long speech including a strange sound of ...pai...pai...pai in Thai language .... some hand and head shaking ...then pai...pai...pai and then some strange hand and finger signs... yes....no....dragging...pushing...speech...pai ...pai...pai...yes...no.....ok " .

In those days there were no meter taxis in Bangkok and most of them were non air conditioned "Nissan blue birds" and you literally have to bargain with the taxi drivers in some sort of language which could be understandable for both parties, so me and my going to be driver chose the same strange language as described above ( this time I find it strange because I learnt and picked the above language so quickly that I was surprised by myself), which was more like a single sided bargain, because I had no idea what we were bargaining for and I was unaware of the distance from airport to my hotel. So I trusted the driver and my instincts and hop in his taxi and said pai...pai...pai (strange isn't it?).

Bangkok was a very different city then, there were no over head bridges or highways but traffic was as bad as now, so we took off from Don Mueng airport and off we go towards the main city "Krung Thaep" in Thai language or "City of Angels" in English (as Los Angeles in U.S.A).

The radio was on and a song of one of the most beloved singers in Thailand, Mr.Thongchai Mcintyre aka " P'Bird" called "SABAI " was on, and then there was that word "SABAI SABAI", which was repeatedly sung by the singer in this song which pushed me to ask the driver, and I asked him :"Hey what is "SABAI SABAI", what does it mean? and then I repeated it twice or Thrice, he seems to understand my question, trying very hard (obviously in Thai), but he was just out of the words, how to explain it to me so, after a lot of singing and head shaking he gave me my first lesson of Thai language and said SABAI SABAI...Happy Happy, this was the new meaningand beginning of a new chapter in my life .

Chapter 2

The country I was born, bread, raised and educated use Urdu as a mother tongue, but English as an official second language and being a child, you are obliged to learn Arabic for religious reasons and then, every household have huge satellite dishes planted over the roofs, which gave us exposure to multiple spoken languages in neighboring countries mainly to Hindi and Arabic.

May be not many people knows (except the natives) that my mother tongue Urdu was emerged as a communicative tool between the troops and there commands during the quests of Alexander the great, The Mughals, Tatars, Ottomans, Arabs and many others centuries ago, so basically its a combination of Persian, Arabic, Turkish, English, Latin, Sanskrit, Hindi, Spanish and many other major languages and accents, soldiers of different back grounds use this combination to communicate with each other within the army so it was called Urdu.


So as a native speaker of Urdu some times its much easier for us to pick and learn a new language quickly, while following it closely, specially the tones. As Thai language is based on Pali and Sanskrit, it was not long when I started to pick the similarities and meanings of spoken language while travelling in Thailand, but as all other languages have their secrets, Thai is no exception, for example in English we drink water/juice and we eat food/fruits, but in Thai we only "KIN" all these things as we kin food and we kin water. The other thing is that Thai is a very tonal language, it is consist of many different tones for a single spoken word, so if one is using a wrong tone then it could be a disaster, here is one example :

"Laew" this could mean ; Turn, Hurry up, Done, Selfish, And then?
depending what tone you are using for this word, you could be telling a taxi driver to speed up instead of turning to the desired street. Similarly "Sanam Maa" could mean "Dogs Running Ground" instead of "Horse Racing Club" and " Waythee Moey" which means "Thai Boxing Stadium" could sound " Pubic Hair Stadium" with wrong pronunciation.

And I swear to God I found myself in number of these situations when I was totally illiterated in Thai language, after encountering so many such foolish mistakes, finally with the help of locals (who were always laughing but happy and helpful to correct me), I started to pick some words and then sentences during each visit I traveled to Thailand, until finally I decided to move and live here permanently, and decided to learn the language properly.

Chapter 3

After the graduation my first overseas travel destination was Thailand, I arrived here with some of my close friends as a tourist, for a two weeks vacation in the year 1987, I traveled to so many countries afterwards but the comfort I felt in Thailand was no match to any other country, I love its culture (very Asian and family based), its people (very polite and friendly), its history (very rich and ancient), its language (very complicated and tonal) and most of all its lovely beaches. Later I traveled to Thailand many times until I decided to settle down here permanently, now I am in my middle age, married and father of three adult children (all educated here in Thailand in Thai Schools, Colleges and Universities).

Many years passed, when I moved here, Thai language was the first barrier and the biggest challenge for me, I concentrated very hard to learn the language, before I even started to search for work, once I was able to speak basic Thai, I started to interact a lot of locals, I was young, ambitious and willing, so I made a lot of friends very quickly, some of them remains my best friends here in Thailand till today. Internet was a new tool for emerging businesses at that time and I was good with computer, so a very small Thai business owner hired me to operate their computer and to answer their e-mails for overseas clients of their clothing business. That was my first job in Thailand and I never looked backed since.


It was early 90's, one day I was at an open air restaurant eating and chatting with some of my Thai friends, we were talking in a complex mixture of English and Thai when a well dressed couple approached my table and introduced themselves, the gentleman was a Thai Criminal lawyer and the lady was from prosecution department of Criminal Courts of Thailand, they sat down and interviewed in detail about my origin and my language skills, after my explanations they just smiled at each other and asked me, whether I was available to help them in an ongoing criminal case, involving 2 foreign nationals, whose case was in pending for 4 long years (the accused were unable to communicate in Thai and the Judge cannot close this case without an Interpreter who can speak both languages). They asked for my telephone number and told me to be at Southern Criminal Court next day around 10:00 a.m.

Next morning while I was still sleeping, totally forgetting the whole episode, my phone starts ringing endlessly until I was up and received the call, it was the same lady I met last night, she told me politely its 10.00 a.m, the Judge is waiting to see me in his chamber and why I am still in the bed? a very cold shiver passed through my spine ( I was so confused ), the lady realizes my position quickly and told me not to worry but be there at lunch time. I showered, dressed myself and hop in a taxi, never been to a Thai court before, I was wandering around the main entrance/reception area, when a security person reached me and asked for my name, then he escorted me inside the building towards the Judge's chamber, following him and passing through the security checks and protocols, I was excited, but, it felt like every one was starring at me.

So there was the Judge in his huge chamber, accompanied by the couple I met last night, they asked me to be seated, there goes another round of interview, this time by the Judge himself (surly judging me), satisfied with my language skills, he told me about the upcoming case, those poor guys in the jail, have already spent 4 years behind bars, which was equals to the original sentence for their crime, so if they plead guilty on the next hearing, they could be released immediately to the custody of Thai Immigration Department and then can be deported to their respective country. The prosecution department contacted their Embassy several times, but without any positive response, The poor guys were unaware of all these details and were remained behind bars, until there Embassy provide an interpreter or the prosecution department finds one, this is where I comes in. Read more....http://interpreter-translator.blogspot.com ]]>
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Sid Leonard - From California http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?1136-Sid-Leonard-From-California Mon, 20 May 2013 21:35:07 GMT :hello:I joined in 2007, but have not used this wonderful site until recently. As a retired school principal, I served as a volunteer English teacher with WorldTeach at a teachers college in Bangkok many years ago, where I met my Thai wife... :hello:I joined in 2007, but have not used this wonderful site until recently.

As a retired school principal, I served as a volunteer English teacher with WorldTeach at a teachers college in Bangkok many years ago, where I met my Thai wife (then an instructor at the college). After residing in the U.S. for the last 20 years, my wife and I intend to move permanently to Thailand. So, I have been working on learning the language for all these many years - not so easy for one my age, but it keeps the synapses firing.

We spent several weeks in Thailand recently, traveling to many locations to get an idea as to where we would like to reside when we make the move.

I look forward to many informative exchanges with other members of this wonderful forum. ]]>
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Please assist- I want to install a Internet Dish at my House? http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?883-Please-assist-I-want-to-install-a-Internet-Dish-at-my-House Fri, 11 May 2012 10:22:46 GMT Can anybody please assist me...........I live in a Village- Non Kho- 10 km from Muang Samsip (Ubon Ratchatani-Thailand) and are having difficulties with my internet connection. I am currently using a CAT CDMA internet 3G mobile modem and the... Can anybody please assist me...........I live in a Village- Non Kho- 10 km from Muang Samsip (Ubon Ratchatani-Thailand) and are having difficulties with my internet connection. I am currently using a CAT CDMA internet 3G mobile modem and the connection seems to have deteriorated since we bought it. We had excellent reception in the beginning (One and a half year ago). I have enquired at several places, but all just want to sell me a new modem with no guarantee that it will work at Non Kho Village. I am thinking of getting a dish installed, but are having no luck in even getting a quotation for such a internet system and I was told that it would be very expensive? Can anybody assist me in getting in touch with a decent Internet provider that can help us get back online? The other option is to install a antenna........I also have no luck in getting hold of anybody willing to install/supply such an antenna. I got a name of a guy who is suppose to sell these antennas, from my Service provider but his phone is permanently switched of?? I am now more adamant to have a dish installed at our house..........if anybody can please give me some guidance/contact number for having this done? ]]> Deon http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?883-Please-assist-I-want-to-install-a-Internet-Dish-at-my-House Where to buy electric guitar in Bangkok...? http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?851-Where-to-buy-electric-guitar-in-Bangkok Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:29:43 GMT Can somebody please tell me where I can buy great electric guitar in Bangkok??
Well, I'm moving to Bangkok on June .
And I'm really really dying to buy an electric guitar.
Can somebody tell me the location of the music shop in Bangkok?? Pls??
If it's possible...
Pls tell me all the Music shop location in Bangkok....LOL
Thanks .:blush: ]]>
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Can it be done. http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?670-Can-it-be-done Tue, 10 Apr 2012 02:33:01 GMT The first day of trying to make something from nothing. I have access to 6 rai of undeveloped land on an island close to Klongdan, 3 of which are ponds. The project is to build a farm and later a camping resort on a very, very limited budget using... The first day of trying to make something from nothing. I have access to 6 rai of undeveloped land on an island close to Klongdan, 3 of which are ponds. The project is to build a farm and later a camping resort on a very, very limited budget using as many materials on the land as is possible.
I'm already running out of money and have yet to buy a boat and grass cutter, hopefully there are plenty of fish in the existing ponds, I should know better today.
Wish me luck. ]]>
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Can anyone help, Looking for Meditation centers for beginners http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?616-Can-anyone-help-Looking-for-Meditation-centers-for-beginners Thu, 01 Mar 2012 09:36:24 GMT I have traveled extensively and i would have to say that Thailand is the best place i have ever been to. I love the people the culture the food and of cause the simplistic way of life. I Ive been fortunate enough to have traveled up Nth and Sth of... I have traveled extensively and i would have to say that Thailand is the best place i have ever been to. I love the people the culture the food and of cause the simplistic way of life. I Ive been fortunate enough to have traveled up Nth and Sth of Thailand and now wish to endeavor on a spiritual practice in Thailand.

If anyone is out there that could recommend a good temple for meditation and learning the teachings i would be most grateful. I have done meditation for years but not Buddhist meditation so i guess i'm a beginner.

Can anyone help? ?
:blush: ]]>
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Seeking advice http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?614-Seeking-advice Mon, 27 Feb 2012 02:46:41 GMT Hello to All, I would like some advice from locals in Thailand or visitors having been there knowing which area/places would most benefit from the following idea of mine: I would like to send a box of goods (clothing and so on) to an area... Hello to All,

I would like some advice from locals in Thailand or visitors having been there knowing which area/places would most benefit from the following idea of mine:


I would like to send a box of goods (clothing and so on) to an area where this would benefit. Either from reselling for those in poverty or remaking into something else.

I know it sounds crazy, and perhaps it's just so much easier to send money. And how would I ever know that it's been put to good use? But, it's worth a shot.

If anyone has any ideas, I would greatly appreciate them.

Thanks :) ]]>
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<![CDATA[Silly Fools….]]> http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?558-Silly-Fools… Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:24:40 GMT Image: http://want2speakthaijarvis1000.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/sillyfools-juicy.jpg?w=350 Who would have ever thought that I would love Thai rock music? I still remember the first Rock song I heard was by a group called Black head! Not long... Who would have ever thought that I would love Thai rock music? I still remember the first Rock song I heard was by a group called Black head! Not long after that I was introduced to Loso, Taxi, Palmy, and many others. Loved them!

I haven’t been in Thailand for 10 years now (Man that’s a long time!), so I am not up to date with all the current fads. However, when I was there, my favorite Band was Silly fools. My favorite album would also have to be Juicy! Their music was entertaining and fun to sing too!

You can learn so much Thai when you learn to sing it. Words in songs don’t help you learn how to order a plate of rice, but they are words or phrases that can and do come up in a regular conversation believe it or not. It’s amazing the usefulness one Thai song can have

An example

Lets take for example a song by Silly Fools called Khii Heung(֧). Right there is a useful phrase. It uses the Thai Grammar point of (khii), which by itself means to defecate or the defecation itself, and adds it to the word ֧ which means to be jealous, like a lover would be jealous of a potential rival. Together make the descriptive word: ֧, which means a tendency to be a jealous partner.

Believe it or not, after hearing this song and looking that word up in the dictionary, the very next day someone was telling me about their friends husband and she refered to him as ֧. It was so excited I didn’t have to say, what does that mean? In fact I almost stopped listening to what she said because I was so proud of myself.

I could go on and find more examples in this one song, but I don’t have to! You can go on YouTube and not just watch the video, but read the lyrics at the same time! This is the other fun part about Thai culture They love Karaoke! Every Thai album comes out with a Karaoke version of it! How great is that!

Anyway, here is the full song and video for you viewing pleasure. See what you can learn from it.

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new Auris http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/entry.php?1085-new-Auris Tue, 24 Jan 2012 17:54:00 GMT The first thing Toyota tried to address with the new Auris is its predecessor's bland looks with a sharper and more distinctive styling that borrows the new face of the brand as seen on the Prius C and the Yaris models. Whether or not it succeeded is something we'll let you decide and tell us in the comments section below.

According to the Japanese brand, the Toyota Auris 2013 has the distinction of sitting lower than any other mainstream C-segment model. It's also worth mentioning that its overall height is 55mm (2.2 inches) less than the outgoing model while it sports a lower front end design, both of which help it achieve a Cd0.28 drag coefficient.

The new Auris rides on a modified version of the previous model's platform keeping the same 2,600mm (102.4 inches) wheelbase and 1,760mm (69.3 inches) width, but is 30mm (1.2 inches) longer at 4,275mm (186 inches).

The interior of the compact has been completely redesigned with Toyota promising higher quality materials and a more detailed attention in the use of lighting, colours and finishes throughout.

Toyota says that smart packaging has improved the driving position and added 20mm to rear seat knee room and 90mm to the loadspace length, with all hatchback versions providing more luggage space at 360 liters, up from 350 liters.

The repositioning of the battery pack beneath the rear seat on the Auris Hybrid allows the latter to boast the same load capacity as the regular model.

Another highlight of the new model is the attention paid to weight management, with greater use of high tensile steel, particularly in the upper part of the body structure.

According to Toyota, this contributes to a 10 per cent increase in body stiffness and an overall vehicle weight saving of up to 40kg / 88 pounds, depending on the version.

The European model, which will be manufactured exclusively at Toyota's Burnaston factory in the UK, will be offered at launch with a 1.4-liter turbo diesel as well as 1.33 and 1.6-litre petrol engines.

In Hybrid trim, the new Auris will use a development of the current 1.8-litre petrol engine and electric motor setup with a nickel-metal hydride battery.

Toyota says that it expects each powertrain type petrol, diesel or full hybrid to represent around 1/3rd of Auris sales overall.

A BMW-sourced diesel is expected to join the range down the line.

In Japan, the new 2013 Auris will be available through "Netz" dealers with a 1.5-liter petrol engine and the choice of front- or all-wheel drive and a 1.8-liter petrol engine with front wheel drive and either a CVT-I or a six-speed manual gearbox.

Toyota said it will announce details on sales introduction, specifications and prices at a later date. ]]>
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