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Today's Headlines Automotive

  • Australia Closes Car Industry, Opportunity for Indonesian Car Exports?

    Australia Closes Car Industry, Opportunity for Indonesian Car Exports?

    General Motors manufactured its last Holden car at the Adelaide factory on Friday (20/10), hence effectively ending the once-iconic Australian car industry. From now on Australians will have to buy cars that were imported from abroad. While other governments have been keeping national automotive industries alive after the financial crisis through bailouts, the Australian government saw no real economic reason to keep this industry alive.

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  • Mitsubishi Corporation May Relocate its Jakarta Factory

    Mitsubishi Corporation May Relocate its Jakarta Factory

    Mitsubishi Corporation is considering to relocate its Mitsubishi Fuso factory - where commercial vehicles are built - away from the city in Pulo Gadung (East Jakarta). Noboru Tsuji, Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporation and Division Chief Operating Officer of the Motor Vehicle Business Division, announced this plan.

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  • BMW Indonesia Group Focuses on Diplomats & Other Premium Customers

    BMW Indonesia Group Focuses on Diplomats & Other Premium Customers

    BMW, the Germany-based automobile manufacturer, said it will continue to focus on supplying cars for Indonesia's elite. The company specifically aims for the top officials working at embassies and international organizations in Indonesia. Currently, BMW already supplies its vehicles to 36 embassies in Indonesia as well as five representative offices of international organizations.

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  • Automotive Industry: Kendal & Gresik New Manufacturing Hubs?

    Automotive Industry: Kendal & Gresik New Manufacturing Hubs?

    The Indonesian government is preparing two locations - Kendal (Central Java) and Gresik (East Java) - as alternatives for the automotive manufacturing industry in Indonesia. Currently, West Java (specifically Karawang) is the nation's car manufacturing hub where most carmakers establish their manufacturing facilities.

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  • Car Sales Astra International Rose 9% in January-August 2017

    Car Sales Astra International Rose 9% in January-August 2017

    Astra International, one of Indonesia's largest diversified conglomerates, sold 398,995 cars in the first eight months of the year, up 9 percent year-on-year (y/y) from the company's car sales in the January-August 2016 period. The Astra Group, the biggest force in Indonesia's automotive sector, now controls 56 percent of the nation's car sales market.

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  • Automotive News: What Are the 10 Most Sold Cars in Indonesia?

    Automotive News: What Are the 10 Most Sold Cars in Indonesia?

    The latest data from the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo) show Indonesia's wholesale car sales rose 37.54 percent year-on-year (y/y) to 85,131 vehicles in July 2017. However, these data are distorted because the Ramadan and Idul Fitri celebrations fell in June this year, while they fell in July last year (implying there were much less workdays in July 2016). What were the 10 most sold cars in Indonesia in July 2017?

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  • Automotive Industry: Indonesia Plans to Cut Tax for Sedan Sales

    Automotive Industry: Indonesia Plans to Cut Tax for Sedan Sales

    For several years stakeholders in Indonesia's automotive industry urged the government to cut taxes on sedan sales. Finally, the government seems willing to alter its policies. The sedan is categorized as a luxury good, implying it is subject to an additional 30-40 percent luxury goods tax. This makes the sedan vehicle more expensive compared to other car types and therefore there exists less demand for the Indonesian-made sedan, both on the domestic market and international market.

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  • Corporate Earnings Indonesia 1st Semester: Astra International

    Corporate Earnings Indonesia 1st Semester: Astra International

    Astra International, one of the largest publicly-listed companies in Indonesia, saw its net profit rise 31 percent year-on-year (y/y) to IDR 9.36 trillion (approx. USD $704 million) in the first half of 2017. These earnings were supported by improving earnings from most of the diversified conglomerate's business segments. But as the company generates nearly half of its earnings from the automotive sector, the 9.4 percent (y/y) increase in the company's car sales was particularly key to boost growth.

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  • These 5 Japanese Brands Control 90% of Indonesia's Car Market

    These 5 Japanese Brands Control 90% of Indonesia's Car Market

    Five automotive brands from Japan controlled car sales in Indonesia in the first half of 2017 with a dominating (combined) market share of about 90 percent. Based on data from the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo), Toyota, Daihatsu, Honda, Mitsubishi and Suzuki accounted for about 90 percent of total car sales in Indonesia during the January-June 2017 period. In total, 533,903 car units were sold in this six-month period.

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Latest Columns Automotive

  • Overview of the Automotive Industry of Indonesia; the Electric Vehicle Arrives on the Scene

    Overview of the Automotive Industry of Indonesia; the Electric Vehicle Arrives on the Scene

    The automotive industry is among the hardest-hit industries amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In May 2020, when social and business restrictions were still very strict in places like Jakarta, car sales (wholesales; from the factories to the dealers) plunged 95.8 percent year-on-year (y/y) to 3,551 cars. Meanwhile, retail car sales dropped 96.1 percent (y/y) to 17,083 vehicles in May 2020. Never before had the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (or Gaikindo) recorded such weak car sales figures.

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  • Indonesia May File WTO Complaint over Vietnam's Car Import Policy

    Indonesia May File WTO Complaint over Vietnam's Car Import Policy

    Indonesia may file a complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Vietnam's recent decision to tighten regulations related to car imports. Through Decree No. 116/2017/ND-CP on Overseas Vehicle Type Approval (VTA) (which has been in effect since 1 January 2018), Vietnam requires car exporters to obtain VTA certification first (from authorities in the exporting nation) before being allowed to export cars into Vietnam. This VTA details incoming vehicles' quality, safety and environmental protection.

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  • Automotive Sector: Ford Cars to Return on the Streets of Indonesia?

    Automotive Sector: Ford Cars to Return on the Streets of Indonesia?

    After Ford Motor Indonesia, the local unit of American car manufacturer Ford Motor Company, exited Indonesia earlier this year as the company found it too difficult to compete with Japanese counterparts on the Indonesian market, Ford found a new way to make sure its components and after sales services can be delivered in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

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  • Automotive Sector Indonesia: High Hopes for Car Exports

    Automotive Sector Indonesia: High Hopes for Car Exports

    The government of Indonesia eyes rapid growth of car exports in the two decades ahead. By the year 2035 the government targets to see car shipments from Indonesia rise to 1.5 million vehicles (from around 200,000 exported units in 2016). By that year, exported vehicles should contribute 37.5 percent of total Indonesian car sales.

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  • Automotive Industry News: SGMW Motor Indonesia Enters Car Market

    Automotive Industry News: SGMW Motor Indonesia Enters Car Market

    A new player in Indonesia's automotive industry - backed by big carmakers from China and the USA - is eager to compete for market share in Indonesia. On Tuesday (11/07) SGMW Motor Indonesia inaugurated its first manufacturing facility in Cikarang (West Java). This local company is a joint venture between (1) SAIC Motor Corporation Ltd, a Chinese state-owned automotive design and manufacturing company headquartered in Shanghai, (2) General Motors Company (GM), a US multinational automotive corporation headquartered in Detroit, and (3) Liuzhou Wuling Automobile Industry Co Ltd, a China-based car manufacturer.

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  • Automotive Manufacturing Industry: Indonesia's Car Production Center

    Automotive Manufacturing Industry: Indonesia's Car Production Center

    Indonesia's automotive industry is centered around Bekasi, Karawang and Purwakarta in West Java. In this area various big global car-makers invested in industrial estates as well as car and component manufacturing plants. Therefore, it has become the production base of Indonesia's automotive sector (including motorcycles) and can be labelled the "Detroit of Indonesia". Detroit (Michigan, USA) is the birthplace of the US automotive industry and is home to car giants General Motor, Chrysler, and Ford.

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  • Indonesia's BI Rate Cut Not Enough to Boost Household Consumption?

    Indonesia's BI Rate Cut Not Enough to Boost Household Consumption

    The decision of Indonesia's central bank (Bank Indonesia), last week, to cut its key interest rate (BI rate) by 0.25 percent to 7.00 percent and to cut the reserve-requirement ratio for commercial banks' rupiah deposits by 1 percent to 6.5 percent is a decision that should boost household consumption in Indonesia in 2016, improve people's purchasing power, give rise to a stronger automotive and property sector, and boost liquidity at local banks (hence providing room for an acceleration of credit growth in Southeast Asia's largest economy).

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  • Car & Motorcycle Sales in Indonesia Continue to Fall

    Car & Motorcycle Sales in Indonesia Continue to Fall

    Car sales in Indonesia continued to decline. Based on the latest data from the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo) Indonesian car sales (delivery to dealers) fell around 10 percent year-on-year (y/y) to 84,885 vehicles in the first month of the year from 94,194 units in January 2015. Retail sales, on the other hand, showed a 1 percentage point growth to 82,423 vehicles over the same period.

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