VW starts assembling Multivans and Transporters in Indonesia

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 31, 2012

About 1,200 Multivans and Transporters are planned to be built from the assembly line in Jakarta, Indonesia, by 2015. Currently, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is commencing SKD assembly of the T5 in the country for the local market, together with importer Garuda Mataram Motor.Indomobil/Garuda Mataram Motor has been working with Audi and Volkswagen for several years already.

Jens Ocksen, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles for Production, commented that they are "very pleased" that the "successful and trusted" partner is now building Volkswagen's models for the "growth-oriented market."

Ocksen added that the partnership ensures the product quality, in which customers of the automaker are used to and which is expected from a luxury product such as the T5.

The initial plan was to assemble about 220 T5s in 2012. The first automobiles will be delivered in February. Garuda Mataram Motor is also heading the sales activities.

The automobiles will be sold through six special Volkswagen passenger vehicle dealers in Indonesia. In addition, the T5s will be showcased to potential buyers like public authorities, insurance companies, banks as well as branch offices of European enterprises. It will also be displayed at the Indonesia Motor Show. 

Harald Schomburg, Member of the Brand Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles for Sales and Marketing, said that they are taking advantage of the chances open to their automobiles in the "growth-oriented market."

Schomburg further stated that the Multivan will be introduced as a premium limousine while the Transporter will be offered as a "reliable" commercial automobile. The executive added that SKD-production will lead and allow them to gain market share. "We view our competitive prospects very positively," Schomburg said.

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