BANGKOK, May 23 (Reuters) -
* Thai domestic car sales rose 8.7% in April from a year earlier to 86,076 units, after increasing 8.5% in March, the Federation of Thai Industries said on Thursday.
* Sales were helped by the launch of new car models and continued state and private investment.
* Domestic car sales in 2019 are forecast to rise 2.44% to 1.05 million units, after last year’s 19.5% increase to 1.04 million units - the highest level in 5 years.
* Thailand is a regional vehicle production and export base for the world’s top automobile manufacturers. (Reporting by Kitiphong Thaichareon, Writing by Orathai Sriring; Editing by Rashmi Aich)