Based on the latest data from the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo), a total of 840 bus units were sold (wholesales) in the January-April 2017, period up 30.43 percent from 644 sold units in the same period one year earlier.

Scania experienced the strongest growth in the aforementioned period. Sales of Scania bus units rose 79.71 percent (y/y) to 124 units. Mercedes-Benz came in second with a 36.76 percent (y/y) growth pace, followed by Hino (see table  below). Although Hino posted the slowest year-on-year growth, it remains the market leader in Indonesia's commercial bus industry, controlling a 57.35 percent market share.

Adri Budiman, Deputy Director Sales Operations Bus and Vans at Mercedes-Benz Indonesia, said growth of bus sales in the first four months of the year are primarily supported by government spending amid accelerating economic growth and infrastructure development since the last quarter of 2016. Especially, the opening of several new toll roads on Java and Bali - providing new links - boosts sales of buses that are used for public transportation or tourism.

Meanwhile, Santiko Wardoyo, Sales and Marketing Director at Hino Motor Sales Indonesia, agreed saying growth of bus sales come on the back of infrastructure development and growth of the tourism sector.

Sales of Commercial Buses in Indonesia (Wholesale):

Brand    2016
Hino     390     463 18.72%
Mercedez-Benz     185     253 36.76%
Scania      69     124 79.71%
Total     644     840 30.43%

Source: Gaikindo