Indonesia International Auto Show kicks off
The Jakarta Post
The Indonesia International Auto Show 2017, the largest auto fair in East Asia, opened on Thursday at the Indonesian Convention Exhibition in Tangerang, Banten.
Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said Indonesia’s automotive industry was getting strong, as indicated by investment reaching Rp 16.5 trillion (US$1.24 billion) in the first half of 2017.
Indonesia was now working to produce environmentally friendly vehicles with very low emissions and to develop electronic cars, said Airlangga in his opening remarks at the fair organized by the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo).Read also: Jakarta motor show to extend into cyberspace this year
"We are targeting to produce 2 million cars by 2025, 20 percent of which are electric vehicles," he said, adding that the Indonesian automotive industry had prepared prototypes for the electric cars.
Gaikindo chairman Yohannes Nangoi said the event was part of the association's support for the development of the national automotive industry. As of June, car sales in the country reached 533,570 units, a 0.3 percent increase from the same period last year.
The exhibition runs until Aug. 20. (rdi/bbn)