The Indonesian International Motor Show (IIMS) opened its doors on Thursday at the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo) in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, exhibiting the latest products of 38 local and foreign automotive brands.
The annual motor show, which runs through Apr. 29, has a wide range of vehicles on display, from sport utility vehicles (SUVs) to multipurpose vehicles (MPVs), and from trucks to electric cars and to motorcycles.
“Apart from showcasing new products of the Indonesian automotive industry, the event hopes to inspire [industry] players to increase their global competitiveness,” Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said in his opening speech on Thursday.
"We hope the domestic automotive industry will expand its contribution to the national economy and enter the global automotive supply chain with their products," he added.
Airlangga said the country's automotive industry was growing fast, as indicated by the increased production of four-wheeled vehicles from 1.17 million in 2016 to 1.21 million in 2017.
Meanwhile, general commissioner Liliek Oetama of the show's organizer, PT Dyandra Media International, said the company was targeting 525,000 visitors to this year's IIMS and Rp 3.3 trillion (US$239.32 million) in sales.
The automotive products are on display in Halls A, B, C, C3 and D at the JIExpo. (bbn)