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Honda presents the Mobilio, Brio Satya at 2013 Indonesia Motor Show

The new Mobilio concept from Honda was shown at the Indonesia International Motor Show. The Mobilio previews a new Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) for Asia. The concept’s exterior is quite plain, with one bar grille, sweptback headlights and a 'floating roof' that is reminiscent of the Civic Tourer. In addition, it features an Odyssey-inspired "lightning-bolt" beltline.

This model is a seven-seater and has a ground clearance of 185mm (7.2 inches) similar to that of a crossover. That’s because this model was designed to manage local road and weather conditions. Honda has yet to divulge its performance information. It would only confirm that it is equipped with a 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder petrol engine.

Honda has also introduced the Brio Satya powered by a 1.2L i-VTEC petrol engine. This model returns over 20 km/L (5L/100km / 47 mpg US / 56.4 mpg UK), making it eligible for Indonesia's Low Cost Green Car (LCGC) program. 

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Renault has started selling Duster in Indonesia

Renault, in cooperation with local partner Indomobil Group, has commenced selling its Duster sports utility vehicle in Indonesia. According to Renault, the Dusters are being assembled from semi-knockdown kits shipped from India. The Duster is sold as a Dacia in Europe and Africa but is offered as a Renault elsewhere.

Renault has likewise commenced selling in Indonesia its Renault Koleos SUV, which will be imported from South Korea, and its Megane RS, which will be shipped from Spain. A Renault spokeswoman said that the French carmaker also has plans to produce starting in 2015 other models in Indonesia (which have yet to be announced).

Indonesia is considered as one of the thriving economies in Southeast Asia. With a population of 250 million and vehicle ownership ratio of just 36 vehicles per 1,000 residents, Indonesia is a good market for sales opportunities form Renault, which is trying to post more sales outside its home market of Europe. 

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Datsun unveils the Go+ in Indonesia

After the unveiling of the Datsun Go+, the Japanese marque is now preparing to start selling this model in Indonesia next year. The Go+ is basically an MPV version of the Go hatchback (which relaunched the brand earlier this year). It will be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol engine as the hatchback. It will also feature the five-speed manual gearbox (also carried over from the hatch) that distributes power to the front axle. In addition, the MPV has the same wheelbase as its smaller sibling. One difference is that 210mm has been added to its overall length to provide room for two more passengers.

The design of the Go+’s interior is almost exactly the same as that of the Go hatchback. It also replaced the traditional AM/FM radio with the dedicated smartphone integration. Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn said that with Datsun’s return, they’re “changing mobility” and making car ownership more accessible. The pricing has yet to be revealed but it’s expected to cost higher than the hatchback’s price of more than 400,000 Indian rupees.

It’s still far from the price tag on a Tata Nano. Datsun has been relaunched as part of Nissan’s plans to cater for the budget end of the market, similar to what Renault is doing with its Dacia models. Nissan is optimistic that the Datsun brand will make up half of its total sales in Indonesia by 2016. So far, Nissan doesn’t plan on bringing the brand to Europe. [source: Datsun]

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Volkswagen Group is planning to build a plant in Indonesia

In an attempt to boost its worldwide sales even further, Volkswagen Group is planning to build a plant in Indonesia. According to an Indonesian government minister, the German manufacturer is expected to announce later this year an initial investment of 200 million euros ($268 million) to build an automobile plant in the country.

Industry minister Mohamad Hidayat told the reporters that Volkswagen Group will build the new car plant in Cikampek, West Java but he declined to say how many vehicles will produce. Volkswagen will announce the plan in November or December, but declined to say what sum of money will be invested. The 200 million euro investment is a personal estimate of the industry minister and not the official number from the company.

Volkswagen is planning to expand its presence in South East Asian markets in order to become the largest carmaker in the world and overtake GM and Toyota. For those who don’t know, Volkswagen aims to sell 10 million cars per year by 2018.

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Suzuki Motor Corp is making a JPY60-billion ($611.4 million) investment to construct a new passenger car factory in Indonesia. Suzuki spokesman Ei Mochizuki told Reuters that the carmaker plans to build small cars in Indonesia based on its fuel-efficient 660cc mini car "Wagon R". Suzuki is Japan's fourth largest carmaker in terms of sales volume.

Mochizuki said that carmaker will be exchanging the 660cc engine for powerplants with a bigger displacement. Suzuki currently owns and operates a car plant in the country.

Indonesia recently signed into law a Low Cost Green Car (LCGC) program aimed at promoting small cars, although it is on hold pending review.

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Vehicle sales in Indonesia grew just 2.5-percent year-on-year in June 2013, compared with a 4.2-percent year-on-year gain in May. According to industry data, a total of 104,265 vehicles were sold in Indonesia, which is considered as the biggest economy in Southeast Asia. Month-on-month sales growth in the country for June 2013 was 4.7 percent, lead by Japanese carmakers Toyota Motor Corp, Suzuki Motor Corp and Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd.

The lower sales growth in June was attributed to higher fuel prices in the country. Gaining strong for the month were motorcycles, which sales grew as consumer shift from cars due to higher fuel prices and purchases ahead of festivities at the end of the Ramadan.

Vehicle sales account for around 50 percent of Indonesia’s economy, making it one of the most important indicators of domestic consumption. The Indonesian central bank on Thursday increased its benchmark rate by 50 basis points to 6.5 percent to limit inflation as fuel prices surged anew in June. [source: Reuters]

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After over four decades in the country, Toyota Motor Corp. and affiliates like Daihatsu control 54 percent of the Indonesian vehicle market, with around 450 dealerships selling their products as fast as hotcakes. Indonesia could even be called as a Toyota country. On the other hand, General Motors has been in Indonesia for 75 years, but only controls around 0.7 percent of the local vehicle market, with 34 dealers carrying its products.

Tim Lee, head of GM's international operation, is not happy with the carmaker’s plight in Indonesia, telling Reuters that its current standing in the country is “not constancy of purpose.” Lee has his points; GM cannot just simply ignore Indonesia.

With Indonesia becoming as one of hottest emerging markets for vehicles – a list that also includes Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa -- carmakers are scrambling to cater to the growing demand in the country. Emerging markets currently account for half the vehicles sold around the world.  It is estimated that emerging markets would account for two-thirds of vehicles sold worldwide by 2020, when global demand is seen to top 100 million cars annually.

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Many Indonesians are afraid that they will lose a subsidy from the government that makes them benefit from having one of the most affordable fuel prices in Asia. Once again, its government is trying to prevent fuel subsidy costs from rising. Its attempts account for over 30% of state spending. They’re also using up funds that should have gone to boosting infrastructure. It’s expected that this week, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's administration will unveil new measures to limit the use of subsidized fuel. But as elections are approaching, he certainly won’t want to relive memories of protests in 2005 and 2008 over fuel price increases.

It’s believed that he will have to give in to what the masses want and not discontinue subsidies. The government could ban private cars from using subsidized fuel in Jakarta and other big cities. Critics said that it will be difficult to implement and won’t do much to relieve the huge load on the national budget.

In 2012, the bill for subsidies amounted to $22 billion, which is almost 4% of the total economic output. When interviewed by Reuters, Suryo Bambang Sulisto, chairman of Indonesia's influential chamber of commerce (Kadin), said that any plan that doesn’t get rid of fuel subsidies altogether will not be effective. He said that subsidies have to be stopped since they create a false economy that has resulted to widespread corruption, smuggling, and fund misallocation.

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Hyundai Motor Co. may fail to benefit from the growing demand for cars in Indonesia, after it decided not to build a major plant in the country and as it has been giving a little attention to the needs of one of the key emerging markets for carmakers. Total consumer demand for vehicles in Indonesia is expected to hit 1.25 million this year, and Hyundai’s exclusive distribution partner, PT Hyundai Indonesia Motor, only plans to sell 8,000 cars this year, according to the carmaker’s officials.

Hyundai’s current lineup in the country does not include a small, no-frills multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), thereby making the South Korean carmaker unable to challenge the likes of Toyota Motor Corp's Avanza, two sources privy to PT Hyundai Indonesia's operations told Reuters.

One of the sources remarked that Hyundai needs to understand the true potential of Indonesia, noting that many global brands have been investing heavily in the country in recent years. One of them is General Motors Co, which is expected to commence producing a small affordable car soon.

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Auto sales in Indonesia had an optimistic start with a 26.5% increase in January after having broken records in 2012 due to low interest rates and surges in wages. Auto sales are regarded to be a significant indicator of domestic consumer spending. High auto sales are also a sign of quick growth in the country, which is the biggest economy in Southeast Asia.

Sales in January increased to 96,656 vehicles. The climb was a lot faster than the 11.4% year-on-year increase noted in December. Sales had grown by 8% over the previous month. The Indonesia Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo) said that sales were led by Toyota Motor Corp, Mitsubishi Motors Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp.

Several analysts have predicted a double-digit growth in 2013 after a 25% increase to 1.1 million vehicles in 2012 despite new down payment requirements for auto purchases which were targeted at lowering loan growth. Nissan’s multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) models Grand Livina and Evalia had helped the automaker post its best January sales ever of 5,409 vehicles in Indonesia, a 3.9% increase from the previous year. Nissan regards Indonesia as a key to its goal to revive Datsun as its emerging market brand.

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With the rising trend in Indonesia of consumers swapping their motorcycles for four-wheeled vehicles, its auto sales have grown by 25% to break records in 2012. It’s also on track to continue gaining strength this year. Sales are expected to increase due to steep increases in wages and low interest rates. Annual sales increased to 1.1 million vehicles despite the stricter downpayment requirements. For the month of December, sales had increased by 11.4% compared to the previous year. High auto sales, a key indicator of domestic consumer spending, have marked an excellent year for Indonesia (the biggest economy in Southeast Asia). However, the weakness in worldwide demand for commodities is considered a bad point against the economic performance of the country.

But then, automakers are working to produce less expensive cars for the home market with the newest products from Toyota Motor Corp and Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd being priced at lower than $10,000 to go up against models from Nissan Motor Co and Tata Motors Ltd. Sales are expected to continue to be high. According to Bahana Securities, there will be an 18% growth in 2013 and 2014 but others have said that the rate of growth in 2013 may slow down because of regulatory efforts.

Adrian Joezer, an auto analyst at Mandiri Sekuritas, anticipates that there will be a 10% growth this year. He cited the risk of a decline due to regulations as the provincial government in Jakarta wants to resolve congestion. The Indonesia Automotive Industry Association predicts that in 2013, about 1.1 million vehicles will be sold. Sudirman Maman Rusdi, chairman of the association, informed Reuters that for this year, there continues to be obstacles like government downpayment regulations and low commodity export prices. Toyota, the industry leader, dominated sales in 2012 with 406,026 vehicles, making up 36% market share. The change to autos has had an impact on motorbike sales, which decreased by 12% last year to 7 million.

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With hopes of keeping up with growth in Indonesia (Southeast Asia's top economy), Toyota has decided to raise the annual capacity at its Karawang plant in Indonesia by 50,000 cars to 120,000 cars, according to a senior official. Toyota has informed Reuters last Wednesday that it will make an additional investment of 15 billion yen ($195.11 million) in the facility.

The Kijang Innova compact MPV and the Fortuner SUV are produced at the Karawang plant intended for the domestic market and export markets like Thailand and South Africa.

In 2011, Indonesia’s domestic car sales reached a record 894,180 units, about 16.9% higher than the previous year. This was aided by the lowest ever interest rate and an expanding middle class.

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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.

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After China, it may be Indonesia that would be the next growth market. Indonesia has the biggest population and economy in Southeast Asia but its ratio of car ownership is one of the lowest in the area. The factors that make analysts at IHS Automotive and JPMorgan Chase & Co. think that this country is prepared to flourish are its increasing incomes, urbanization and the government’s support in driving demand for low-emission vehicles.

Jessada Thongpak, a senior analyst for Southeast Asia at IHS Automotive, believes that the auto market of Indonesia is on the brink of a “boom” as automakers are directing their attention here because of its high growth potential as well as its stable inflation and interest rates.

General Motors Co. and Tata Motors Ltd. are included in the list of automakers that are preparing to go up against Japanese automakers headed by Toyota Motor Corp., which control over 90% of a market that has the world’s fourth-largest population. Auto sales in Indonesia are estimated to increase by over 50% in five years as the expanding working class is asking for minivans and compact cars.

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With the surge in vehicle demand in Southeast Asia's largest economy and with the boost in domestic sales, Nissan Motor Co. now seeks to double its car production and market share in Indonesia by 2013. According to CEO Carlos Ghosn, if the infrastructure in Indonesia is improved, it has the potential to become a regional car export manufacturing base.

Still, Nissan has no plans to relocate plants from Thailand despite the recent reports of violence there.

At a press conference in Jakarta, Ghosn said that most of the capacity that Nissan will be creating in the country is primarily for the requirement in Indonesia.

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