The Jakarta Post
Indonesia is set to begin mass producing special multipurpose vehicles in January 2019 to support the development of the country’s agricultural sector.
Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said in Jakarta on Tuesday that a prototype of the vehicle, called the rural multipurpose mechanical tool (AMMDes), was being finalized and undergoing a trial run in the field in Bogor, West Java.
The minister said the trial run, which began in April, tested the performance of the vehicle's engine, chassis, suspension and transmission.
He said the prototype was made using 70 percent domestic content. “We are cooperating with more than 70 industries to supply the AMMDes components, mostly from small and medium enterprises,” said Airlangga.
The multipurpose vehicle will be launched during the 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) in August at the Indonesia Convention Center (ICE) in Tangerang, Banten.
AMMDes is manufactured by PT Kiat Mahesa Wintor Indonesia (KMWI). The main users of the cars would be village cooperatives, village-owned enterprises and farmer or fishermen groups to boost agricultural productivity.
Airlangga said he hoped that the vehicles would speed up the distribution of goods to and from villages. (sau/bbn)