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Jakarta Post

Car sales surge 70% after luxury tax cut

Lines of vehicles pack the Jagorawi Toll road KM 6 in Jakarta on Thursday, Oct 30, 2020. Thousands people leave the capital city to spend the extended long weekend holiday despite concerns of COVID-19 transmission. (Antara/Hafidz Mubarak)
Jakarta   ●   Thu, April 22 2021

Domestic car sales skyrocketed in March as a luxury tax (PPnBM) cut for small cars came into effect, but overall sales remained below prepandemic levels, meeting observers’ expectations about the effect of key incentives on consumer spending.

Nearly 85,000 cars were sold domestically in March, up 72.5 percent from the previous month and up 10.5 percent from March of last year, according to data from the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo).

Some consumers decided in March to buy a new car, while others made purchases they had delayed from February – when the incentive was announced – to take advantage of the savings.

Despite the growth, only 187,021 cars were sold in the first quarter of 2021, compared to last year’s first-quarter sales of 236,890.

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