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Surakarta mayor uses car
made by vocational schools
students

Made by our students: Surakarta Mayor Joko Widodo (second left background, squatting) and Vice Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatmo (second right) put on license plates on their new cars made by students’ vocational schools in cooperation with the Education and Cultural Ministry. The mayor promised to offer help in promoting the cars. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)
Made by our students: Surakarta Mayor Joko Widodo (second left background, squatting) and Vice Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatmo (second right) put on license plates on their new cars made by students’ vocational schools in cooperation with the Education and Cultural Ministry. The mayor promised to offer help in promoting the cars. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

After using an 11-year inherited official car, Surakarta Mayor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo starts Tuesday using a new official car made by students of vocational high schools in the city.

The car, branded Kiat Esemka, was assembled by students of the SMKN 2 vocational high school and presented to the Surakarta city administration on Monday.

Vice Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatmo also received a similar car assembled by students of SMK Warga Surakarta.

Students started work on the sports utility vehicle (SUV) in September 2011, using 80 percent of locally made materials. The assembly process was supervised by the Kiat Motor automotive workshop.

Jokowi used the new SUV to monitor the issuance of e-ID cards at the Banjarsari district office before meeting Indonesian Ambassador to Thailand Lutfi Rauf at City Hall.

“I have already used the car today. It is as comfortable as my old Toyota Camry I had been using, even more comfortable,” he told reporters as quoted by tempo.co.

Meanwhile, Hadi used the SUV to visit a pickup assembly line at the Solo Techno Park and check the condition of residents affected by the flooding of Bengawan Solo River.

“I have used it to get around. It is comfortable,” he said.

“This could be the impetus for the national automotive industry to grow.”

The SUVs use 1,500 cc twin-cam engines with a production cost of Rp 300 million (US$32,872) per unit.

“But if the car is mass produced, the price will only be Rp 95 million,” said Kiat Motor owner Sukiyat.

So far Kiat Motor has produced 10 similar cars in cooperation with 10 vocational schools in Greater Surakarta.

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