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Ambition to lead the ASEAN automotive market

  • Burhanuddin Abe

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 29 2010   /  11:52 am

There is huge potential for the automotive market in Indonesia, with quite a number of people predicting that one day Indonesia will be the market leader in ASEAN. According to ASEAN Automotive Federation data, Indonesia held third place in 2009 with 483,550 vehicles sold, while Thailand was first (548,871) and Malaysia second (536,905). However, local data is slightly above the ASEAN figure as total sales from dealers to customers or vehicle registration applications were 488,912 units for 2009, including trucks and buses. The 2009 sales figure was down 17.9 percent from 2008, when 596,166 units were sold, although 2009's sales were higher than the figure predicted by dealers, who said there would be a 30 percent decline. Although the sales figure for this year is very much unpredictable, Toyota Astra Motor (TAM) president director Jhonny Darmawan recently said that this year ...