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  • Indonesia's Motorcycle Exports Rise 87% y/y in February 2016

    Indonesia's Motorcycle Exports Rise 87% y/y in February 2016

    Indonesian motorcycle exports have grown by a whopping 87 percent year-on-year (y/y) to 27,066 units in February 2016 from 14,433 units in the same month one year earlier. Sigit Kumala, Chairman of the commercial department of the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association (AISI), said this solid performance occurred on the back of the market expansion strategy applied by Indonesian motorcycle manufacturers. He added that Indonesia's export performance (in terms of motorcycle sales) has been improving since the second half of 2016.

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  • Indonesian Motorcycle Producers Curb Production on Purchasing Power

    Indonesian Motorcycle Producers Curb Production on Weakened Purchasing Power

    Similar to the automotive industry, Indonesia’s motorcycle industry also feels the effects of lower demand so far this year. Due to Indonesia’s slowing economic growth in combination with the high domestic interest rate and depreciating rupiah, Indonesians’ purchasing power has weakened and thus Indonesian consumers have become more careful before purchasing motorcycles and cars. As a result stocks of motorcycles at local dealers have been rising and one way to have a healthier supply-demand ratio is by limiting motorcycle production.

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  • Low Cost Green Cars Support Car Sales in Indonesia

    Domestic sales of low-cost green cars (LCGCs) in Indonesia may exceed the level of 200,000 units in 2015, a 14 percentage point growth from an estimated 175,000 sold LCGC units this year. Amid slowing domestic car sales (a consequence of the country’s slowing economic growth and tighter monetary policy), popularity of the recently introduced LCGC has managed to support total car sales in Southeast Asia’s largest economy. In the first ten months of 2014, a total of 1.04 million cars were sold, up 1.72 percent from the same period last year.

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  • Motorcycle Sales in Indonesia Fall on Declining Purchasing Power

    Domestic motorcycle sales in Indonesia declined 5 percent year-on-year (y/y) to 680,642 units in October 2014 (from the same month last year). Particularly weaker sales of the underbone motorcycle impacted negatively on total October motorcycle sales. As people are concerned about a looming subsidized fuel price hike this month (causing accelerated inflation, thus curbing people’s purchasing power), consumers postpone the purchase of a motorcycle. The government is expected to raise prices of subsidized fuels by almost 50 percent.

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  • Motorcycle Sales in Indonesia Rebound in September 2014

    Motorcycle sales in Indonesia increased 16.0 percent month-on-month (m/m) to 711,857 units in September 2014. Sigit Kumala, Chairman for Commercial Affairs at the Indonesian Motorcycle Association (AISI), said that improved motorcycle sales are caused by the start of the harvest season in several regions across Southeast Asia’s largest economy. Successful harvests have put downward pressure on commodity prices and thus have a positive impact on Indonesian’s purchasing power.

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  • Car Sales in Indonesia Grow 8.2% in February Backed by LCGC Demand

    Car sales in Indonesia grew 8.2 percent (year-on-year) to 111,767 vehicles in February 2014 according to the latest data from the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo). As usual, car sales were dominated by Toyota, Daihatsu (both are distributed by Astra International, one of Indonesia's largest diversified conglomerates), Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Honda. February sales were supported by the popular low-cost green car (LCGC) that was introduced on Indonesia's market in 2013.

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  • Car Sales, Production and Exports of Indonesia Estimated to Grow in 2014

    Car Sales, Production and Exports of Indonesia Estimated to Grow in 2014

    Indonesia's national car industry is expected to contribute IDR 44 trillion (USD $4 billion) to the country's total exports in 2014 through the export of completely built units (CBU), completely knock down units (CKU) and automotive spare parts. Exports of CBUs are estimated to rise more than 18 percent to 200,000 units in 2014, supported by increased domestic production capacity, according to Budi Darmadi, an official at Indonesia's Ministry of Industry. Darmadi declined to estimate exports of CKUs and spare parts this year.

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  • Indonesia Tops Motorcycle Sales in ASEAN Region in 2013

    Indonesia Tops Motorcycle Sales in ASEAN Region in 2013

    The Asean Automotive Federation (AAF) stated that motorcycle sales growth in the ASEAN region was recorded at 5 percent (year on year) in 2013. Motorcycle sales rose from 10.52 million units in 2012 to 11.09 million in 2013. It is interesting to note that motorcycle sales in Indonesia accounted for 70 percent of total motorcycle sales in the ASEAN region last year. Indonesian sales ammounted to 7.7 million units, followed by Thailand (2 million), Philippines (752,835), Malaysia (546,719) and Singapore (11,650).

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  • Indonesian Car Sales Rise due to Discount Actions but May Fall in 2013

    A discount war ahead of Lebaran, the traditional celebration that follows after the holy fasting month of Ramadan is finished and when many Indonesians go back to their place of origin for a few days, is expected to spur car sales in July. It is a normal phenomenon that car sales increase ahead of Lebaran because an amount of people need a new car to carry them back to their places of birth. But this year the increase in car sales is expected to exceed sales figures in previous years as wholesalers use discount actions to reduce their car stockpiles.

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  • Indomobil Sukses Internasional: Strong Player in Indonesia's Car Industry

    Indomobil Sukses Internasional is - aside from Astra International - the leading Indonesian company in the country's automotive industry. Indomobil, established in 1976, is an integrated automotive business group which gains most of its revenues through its automotive business segment. Indomobil distributes various well-known international brands in Indonesia. These include Audi, Nissan, Renault, Suzuki, Volkswagen, and Volvo vehicles. With total Indonesian car sales reaching a record high in 2012, the company is engaged in a lucrative industry.

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  • Car Industry Indonesia: Tough Times for Indomobil Sukses Internasional

    Car Industry Indonesia: Tough Times for Indomobil Sukses Internasional

    Indonesian automotive group Indomobil Sukses Internasional is facing challenges in 2015. The listed company, affiliated with the Salim Group (one of Indonesia’s largest conglomerates), is plagued by intense competition in the car industry of Indonesia, while it also feels the negative impact of the weak rupiah (which is depreciating against the US dollar). Over 2014, the company posted a net loss of IDR 128.2 billion (USD $9.9 million), down significantly from net profit of IDR 532.5 billion it recorded in the preceding year.

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  • Update Indonesian Car Industry: Car Sales Declined 8% in May 2014

    Update Indonesian Car Industry: Car Sales Declined 8% in May 2014

    Car sales in Indonesia declined 8 percent to 98,198 units in May 2014 from 106,811 units in the previous month. The Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo) said that the decline was the direct consequence of several public holidays (International Labour Day and the commemorations of Buddha’s birthday as well as ascensions of Prophet Muhammad and Jesus Christ). These holidays caused a lower car production rate and a reduced number of car deliveries to wholesale dealers.

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  • Motorcycle Sales in Indonesia Fall 11% in January 2014 due to Floods

    Motorcycle Sales in Indonesia Fall 11% in January 2014 due to Floods

    Domestic sales of motorcycles in Indonesia fell 11 percent to 580,288 units in January 2014. The main reason for this decline in the first month of the year were severe floods brought about by high rainfall amid a peak of the rainy season. These weather conditions disrupted the distribution of motorcycles from factories to dealers. As a result, all motorcycle brands recorded lower sales figures according to data released by the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association (Aisi). However, more factors were at play.

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  • Car Sales in Indonesia Unaffected by Weather Conditions in January 2014

    Car Sales in Indonesia Unaffected by Weather Conditions in January 2014

    Despite higher car prices due to the depreciating rupiah exchange rate, domestic car sales in Indonesia rose 11 percent to 107,496 in January 2014 compared to the same month last year. January sales were particularly supported by sales of the low cost green car (LCGC) and low multipurpose vehicle (LMPV). Both these car types enjoy high popularity in Indonesia. In 2013, the Indonesian government provided tax incentives for the establishment of a domestic LCGC industry.

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  • Expansion of Indonesia's Automotive Industry: Raising Exports to Asia

    Expansion of Indonesia's Automotive Industry: Raising Exports to Asia

    Indonesia's automotive industry experienced some drastic changes in recent years. Originally regarded as a mere production hub due to cheap productions costs (particularly wages), it changed into a major car sales market as per capita GDP continues to grow and gives rise to an expanding middle class. Since 2011, domestic car sales in Indonesia have reached record highs and given that the country's per capita car ownership is still relatively low, there is room for more growth. But Indonesia is also eager to become an important car exporting country.

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  • Despite Long Term Growth, Indonesia's Sales of Motorcycles Fall at End 2013

    Despite Long Term Growth, Indonesia's Sales of Motorcycles Fall at End 2013

    Domestic sales of motorcycles in Indonesia are expected to have fallen by 20 percent to 550,000 in December 2013 compared to the previous month (688,527). According to the Chairman of the commercial department of the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association (AISI), Sigit Kumala, this decline is not the result of slowing demand for motorcycles but due to the limited amount of working days amid the Christmas and New Year holidays. This then led to less production and distribution of motorcycles to Indonesian dealers.

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  • Popular Low Cost Green Car Boosts Indonesian Car Sales in 2013

    Popular Low Cost Green Car Boosts Indonesian Car Sales in 2013

    Indonesian car sales have already exceeded the one million mark in October 2013. In the January-October period, 1,018,786 car units were sold, a ten percent increase compared to car sales in the same period last year. Growing demand for cars in Indonesia indicates that this sector of Southeast Asia's largest economy is not influenced by current negative market sentiments, such as the sharply depreciated Indonesian rupiah exchange rate (against the US dollar), high inflation (8.32 percent yoy in October 2013), and slowing economic growth.

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  • Analysis: Car Sales in Indonesia Strong in First Four Months of 2013

    Analysis Car Sales Indonesia 2013 Toyota Daihatsu Astra Indonesia Investments - Richard van der Schaar - RMA van der Schaar

    Indonesian car sales in the first four months of 2013 continued its robust growth. Preliminary data from Agen Pemegang Merek (Brand Holder Agent or APM) indicates that from January to April of 2013 397,991 car units were sold in Indonesia, which constitutes a 17.75 percent increase compared to the first four months of 2012. Toyota retained its position as market leader with a market share of 35.9 percent. However, sales of Honda and Suzuki vehicles are growing fast in Indonesia.

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