Is Thailand's car buying scheme a wise move?
28 August 2013 Last updated at 03:31 BST
A series of big-ticket government spending projects in Thailand are part of populist policies started by former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra more than a decade ago.
These projects have been continued by Thailand's current leader, his sister Yingluck Shinawatra.
Last year her government offered big tax rebates for first-time car buyers. The scheme was popular, but was it a wise economic move?
The BBC's South East Asia correspondent Jonathan Head reports.