JAKARTA: Ministry of Industry predicted the import volume of four wheeled--or more--vehicle will increase at least 10% from 76,520 units in 2010 to 84,172 units this year, due to strong luxury car demand.
According to Association of Indonesia Automotive Industries' (Gaikindo) data, almost 100% luxury cars supply in Indonesia, medium to upper segment with 2,000 cc engine and above, is still imported.
Only few luxury cars are assembled in Indonesia includes BMW 320i 2.0 AT, BMW 116 1,6 AT, and most BMW 5 series except BMW 520i 2.0 AT that was still imported in form of CBU.
“This year vehicle import could reach 10% since the demand for luxury cars continues to increase. The total import includes passenger and commercial car,” he told Bisnis, today.
Such volume is only calculated based on the number of completely built up (CBU) vehicles entering Indonesian customs territory, and has not calculated the import volume for components and auto parts.
The increased vehicle import this year was caused by the growing vehicle sales throughout this year, which is targeted to reach 840.000 units, Suprijanto, Director of Land Transport Equipment at the Industry Ministry said.
Meanwhile, Japan’s largest principals like Honda, Toyota and Nissan are still importing their luxury cars such as Toyota Camry, Toyota Lexus, Honda New Accord, and Nissan Teana from a number of countries to be marketed in Indonesia.
Apart from Mercedes-Benz and BMW, luxury cars in Indonesia are still imported. The government also prompting all principals in this sector to respond the market demand.
The Industry Ministry’s data showed that national vehicle import during the last six months has continued to grow. In 2005, CBU import reached 31,760 units and 33,663 units in the next year.
Such CBU import soared to 55,112 units in 2007 and 72,646 units in 2008. Although it continued to decline by 32,678 units in 2009, the CBU import rose to 76,520 units in the next year. (t06/ags)