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Indonesia September 2013: Daihatsu Ayla & Toyota Agya in Top 7!

October 21st, 2013 No comments

Daihatsu Ayla Indonesia Seprember 2013. Picture courtesy of www.mesinbalap.comDaihatsu Ayla

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After a one-month hiatus the Indonesian models ranking is back on BSCB with September total sales up a magnificent 14% year-on-year to break a new monthly record at 115,921 units (previous best: 112,195 last July), bringing the year-to-date total to 909,729 units, up 11% on 2012. This confirms 2013 will be another record year for new car sales in Indonesia. Below the unattainable Toyota Avanza, the Suzuki Ertiga confirms the 2nd spot it has been regularly holding this year thanks to 6,010 sales and 5.2% share, while both the all-new Daihatsu Ayla (#6 at 4,377 units) and its twin the Toyota Agya (#7 at 4,123) directly land inside the Indonesian Top 7 this month! Notice also the Chevrolet Spin down 5 ranks to #18.

Previous month: Indonesia August 2013: Suzuki strong again at 15.1% share

One year ago: Indonesia September 2012: Honda Brio in Top 10!

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Indonesia August 2013: Suzuki strong again at 15.1% share

September 19th, 2013 6 comments

Suzuki logo Indonesia August 2013Suzuki is #2 below only Toyota this month in Indonesia.

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New car sales are up a modest 4% year-on-year in August to 79,409 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 793,808 units, up 11% and still well on track for another record year. Only a brands ranking is available for now, I will update this article when models data pops up. No surprises in pole position: Toyota remains king by very far at 24,895 sales and 34.1% but it’s Suzuki that we find once again in 2nd place at 12,006 units and 15.1%, boosted by the success of the Eriga and above Daihatsu (14.7%) and Mitsubishi (13.2%) but still #3 year-to-date at 13.1% vs. 14.6% for Daihatsu.

Previous month: Indonesia July 2013: Chevrolet Spin up to #13 in record month

One year ago: Indonesia August 2012: Nissan Evalia up to #6

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Indonesia July 2013: Chevrolet Spin up to #13 in record month UPDATED

August 25th, 2013 4 comments

Chevrolet Spin Indonesia July 2013. Picture courtesy of review1st.comThe Chevrolet Spin could break into the Indonesian Top 10 in the coming months…

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If you thought the Indonesian new car market had reached its maximum by passing the 100,000 monthly units milestones 7 times since June 2012, think again. In July, new car sales in Indonesia smash their monthly record to 112,195 sales, up 10% year-on-year, and beating the previous best established in October 2012 at 106,806 units. Year-to-date, sales are up 12% on 2012 to 714,425 units. Toyota obviously dominates the brands ranking once again thanks to 39,212 sales and 34.9% while Suzuki resists in 2nd place at 16,838 units and 15%, earning it a third spot year-to-date at 12.9% share in between Daihatsu (14.5%) and Mitsubishi (12.9% also).

Toyota Avanza Indonesia July 2013No less than 21,307 Toyota Avanzas found a buyer in Indonesia in July alone!

Model-wise, the Toyota Avanza is more than ever the vehicle of choice for Indonesian consumers: the 21,307 units delivered this month (19% market share, its 2nd best in the last 16 months) could well be an all-time monthly record for the nameplate… The Suzuki Ertiga manages to rank #2 for the 2nd month in a row and the 4th time in the last 6 months with 6,834 sales and 6.1%. It is still #4 year-to-date however at 39,281 units and 5.5%, below the Daihatsu Xenia at 43,548 and 6.1% and the Toyota Kijang Innova at 40,512 and 5.7%.

Suzuki Ertiga Indonesia July 2013The Ertiga pushes Suzuki to stratospheric heights in Indonesia.

But the most striking evolution in the Indonesian models ranking this month comes further down: after breaking into the country’s Top 20 best-sellers for the very first time last month, the Chevrolet Spin gains a further 5 spots to land at #13 with 1,966 sales and 1.8%, pushing Chevrolet up to another record-breaking month at 2,290 units and 2%, #8 manufacturer and now teasing Isuzu. Needless to say the Spin is the only non-Japanese model in the Indonesian Top 20 this month…

Previous post: Indonesia 6 months 2013: Suzuki Ertiga invites itself in 4th position

Previous month: Indonesia June 2013: Chevrolet hits best-ever monthly volume

One year ago (almost): Indonesia August 2012: Nissan Evalia up to #6

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Indonesia 6 months 2013: Suzuki Ertiga invites itself in 4th position

July 27th, 2013 3 comments

Suzuki Ertiga Indonesia June 2013bThe Suzuki Ertiga could shake up the models podium towards the end of 2013…

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After passing the million-unit annual sales mark for the first time last year, the Indonesian new car market continues all guns blazing in 2013: up 12% year-on-year after 6 months to 601,952 registrations and well on track for another record year. If the most popular vehicle has no worries to have, there is a little change below and more may be to come in the 2nd half… The Toyota Avanza is still by far Indonesia’s best-seller even though it gains less ground than the market at +7% to a record 103,489 units, resulting in a market share going from 18.5% to a still extremely enviable 17.2%. The Avanza becomes in the process the first ever vehicle to sell over 100,000 units in 6 months in the country.

Toyota Avanza Indonesia June 2013bToyota Avanza in Bali, Indonesia December 2012.

Compared to this time last year, the Avanza’s twin the Daihatsu Xenia and the Toyota Innova exchange positions to become #2 (+3%) and #3 (-11%) respectively but both lose share to 6.2% and 5.7%. But the big change comes in 4th place: launched last year to replace the APV and potentially get higher, the Suzuki Ertiga has done just that: it is up 279% to #4 with 32,447 sales and 5.4% but has ranked #2 three times in the last 5 months, which indicates the 2nd half will be a very interesting period to follow. The Ertiga could well shake things a little and jump on the year-end podium.

Honda CR-V Indonesia June 2013Honda CR-V in Bali, Indonesia December 2012.

The following 4 models are relatively stable in the scheme of things: the Daihatsu Gran Max Pick-up remains #5, the Suzuki Carry Pick-up is down 2 spots to #6, the Nissan Grand Livina stays #7 and the Toyota Rush is down 2 to #8. Not handicapped by flooded Thai factories anymore, the Honda Jazz is up a brilliant 60% year-on-year and 4 ranks to #9 at 16,056 units. Other great performers include the Honda CR-V up to #12, Toyota Dyna up to #15 and the Toyota Etios best-selling all-new model at #19 with 7,698 sales. Finally, notice the Chevrolet Spin at 2,847 units, it should break into the Top 20 by year-end and that would be a first for Chevrolet in Indonesia.

Previous post: Indonesia June 2013: Chevrolet hits best-ever monthly volume

One year ago: Indonesia June 2012: First ever month at over 100,000 sales

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Indonesia June 2013: Chevrolet hits best-ever monthly volume

July 27th, 2013 19 comments

Chevrolet Spin Indonesia June 2013The Spin is already pushing Chevrolet to record levels in Indonesia.

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A while ago I published an article describing how General Motors was trying to challenge Toyota’s supremacy in Indonesia by launching the Chevrolet Spin locally. Latest sales figures show encouraging results. In June, the Indonesian new car market celebrates one year since the first 6 figure-sales month: June 2012 broke a new record at 101,743 registrations. Since then, the market has passed that milestone 6 more times, establishing a new all-time record in October 2012 at 106,806 units. It looks like we are in for another record year in Indonesia: June is up 1% to 104,265 units and the 6 month tally stands at 601,952 sales, up a very healthy 12% on 2012.

Suzuki Ertiga Indonesia June 2013The Suzuki Ertiga ranks #2 in Indonesia for the third time in the last 5 months…

Toyota and Daihatsu put together hold over 50% of the Indonesian car market so far in 2013, while Suzuki lodges a stellar month in June at #2 and 14.9% and places the Ertiga at a fantastic 2nd place for the third time in the last 5 months with 6,555 sales and 6.3%. But the big event is the taking off of Chevrolet: thanks to 1,703 Chevrolet Spin sold this month – earning it a spot in the Top 20 for the first time ever at #18, the American car maker simply lodges its best-ever volume in the country at 2,043 units. The year-to-date total is up 82% on 2012 at 4,728 sales. Now let’s not get ahead of ourselves: this still only represents 2% and 0.8% market share respectively. But it is nevertheless enough to break all Chevrolet’s records here as the brand has had a confidential presence in Indonesia since its arrival in 1938.

Toyota Avanza Indonesia June 2013The Toyota Avanza breaks the 100,000 unit-mark halfway through the year for the first time.

Notice also the Toyota Avanza selling a traditionally massive 18,094 units in June, making it the first model to ever break the 100,000 sales mark halfway through the year at 103,489 sales and 17.2% share.

Previous post: Indonesia: General Motors tries to challenge Toyota’s supremacy

Previous month: Indonesia May 2013: Nissan Livina and Honda Freed shine

One year ago: Indonesia June 2012: First ever month at over 100,000 sales

Full June 2013 Top 20 models and Top 10 brands Ranking Table below.

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Indonesia: General Motors tries to challenge Toyota’s supremacy

June 29th, 2013 4 comments

Chevrolet Spin Indonesia May 2013The Chevrolet Spin is the first GM vehicle to really fit Indonesians’ tastes.

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Can GM challenge a quasi-monopoly by Japanese manufacturers in fast-growing Indonesia? If you are a regular BSCB reader, you will know that Indonesia is one of the world’s fastest growing car markets, with 2012 the first year Indonesian new car sales broke the one million annual units barrier at 1,116,224 units, up a whopping 25% on 2011 and 46% on 2010 which were both already record years. In 2012, Indonesia is on track to finish the year with another record which I predict to be around 1.3 million units (+16%). Some analysts even forecast Indonesian sales to double to 2 million over the next 3 years…

Toyota Kijang Indonesia 19811981 Toyota Kijang

And who has been winning the Indonesian car sales battle? Japanese manufacturers for the most part, with zero non-Japanese model in the May Top 20 for example. In fact, Indonesia has even been nicknamed “Toyota country”, with the manufacturer holding an out-of-this-world 54% market share locally when Daihatsu sales are included (through 450 dealerships), which some months is better than at home in Japan… After starting assembling Corollas and Land Cruisers locally in 1971, Toyota hit gold when it released the Kijang in 1977, designed specifically for Indonesia. This multi-purpose vehicle has come to define motoring in Indonesia and is still regularly within the Top 3 best-sellers, now in its 5th generation.

Chevrolet Spin Indonesia May 2013bGM plans to sell 40,000 Chevrolet Spin a year in Indonesia initially…

Whereas it launched here in 1938, General Motors only has 34 dealerships and less than 1% market share. In an excellent article published today, Autonews describes how in 2013, GM is decided to finally give the Indonesian market a solid go to try and challenge Toyota’s supremacy. But this is going to be a very difficult task, with Toyota already taking measures to cut the grass under GM’s tyres. Tim Lee, head of GM’s international operations, recently said in an interview: ”We started in Indonesia in 1938. We have been so successful, we have (grabbed) seven-tenths of a point of market share in 75 years. Are you (kidding) me?”

Daihatsu Xenia Indonesia March 2013…while Toyota should sell 280,000 Toyota Avanza/Daihatsu Xenia here in 2013.

Autonews says “GM for decades failed to come up with the right vehicles for Indonesia, which prefers simple “people mover” vans. Now, it is finally coming out with a competitive multi-purpose vehicle, the Chevrolet Spin (already sold in Latin America), with 3 rows of seats, the kind of car that rules the Indonesian roads. GM has restarted an assembly plant it shuttered in 2005, began production in April with plans for 40,000 cars a year initially. GM CEO Dan Akerson said he thinks GM could grab a 7- to 10% share of Indonesia’s automobile market within a decade.” The Spin sold 767 units in May for a 0.8% market share, with its year-to-date total reaching 1,144 sales after two months.

Previous post: Indonesia May 2013: Nissan Livina and Honda Freed shine

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Indonesia May 2013: Nissan Livina & Honda Freed shine

June 19th, 2013 5 comments

Daihatsu Xenia Indonesia May 2103Daihatsu Xenia in Ubud Bali, Indonesia – December 2012

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While it had never happened before June 2012, we now got used to the Indonesian new car market evolving above 100,000 monthly units. So it’s with a big gasp that we welcome May figures at… 99,568 units, still up 4% on May 2012 which by the way was the very first time the market was above 90,000 monthly sales. The year-to-date total now stands at 497,689 units, up 18% on 2012. Talk about explosive growth… The pole position is held by the usual suspect: the Toyota Avanza dominates again thanks to 17,033 units and 17.1% share which is very close to its year-to-date level of 17.2%.

Honda Freed Indonesia May 2013Honda Freed in Ubud Bali, Indonesia – December 2012

After both being passed by the Suzuki Ertiga last month, the Daihatsu Xenia (6.4%) and Toyota Kijang Innova (5.4%) both reclaims their traditional rankings at #2 and #3 respectively, while the Ertiga is back down to #5 with 4% share vs. 5.2% year-to-date. Excellent month for the Nissan Grand Livina up 7 spots on April to #6 and 3.9% share (vs. 3% year-to-date) as well as the Honda Freed up 9 ranks to #8 and 3% share.

Previous month: Indonesia April 2013: Suzuki Ertiga #2, Toyota Etios in Top 10

One year ago: Indonesia May 2012: Suzuki Ertiga up to #5 in record market

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Indonesia April 2013: Suzuki Ertiga #2, Toyota Etios in Top 10

May 18th, 2013 4 comments

Suzuki Ertiga Indonesia 2013Suzuki Ertiga in Ubud, Bali Indonesia December 2012

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Another month above 100,000 registrations in Indonesia in April at 102,199 units, up a huge 33% year-on-year and bringing the year-to-date total to 398,121, up 22% on 2012. This is the 7th time in the last 11 months the Indonesian market breaks the 100,000 monthly unit-barrier whereas it had never happened before June 2012… No surprise in pole position: the Toyota Avanza still reigns supreme with 19,798 sales and 19.4% share, its highest in the last 12 months! Year-to-date, an astounding 68,362 Avanzas found a buyer in the country after just 4 months…

Toyota Etios Indonesia April 2013Toyota Etios. Picture by indianautosblog.com, all rights reserved.

The big event is in 2nd place: for the second time in the last 3 months the Suzuki Ertiga manages to hold that spot at 5,917 units and 5.8%, an exceptional performance indeed and an indication that Suzuki’s replacement of the APV by the all-new Ertiga may turn out to be an all-out success. The Toyota Etios breaks into the Indonesian Top 10 for the first time, up 9 spots to #9 with 2,719 sales and 2.7%. For now the Honda Brio still leads the category at 5,024 units year-to-date even though it is out of the Top 20 this month, but it is interesting to notice that after just two months, Indonesia has become the 2nd market in the word to welcome the Etios in its Top 10 after South Africa.

Previous month: Indonesia March 2013: Daihatsu Xenia back with a vengeance

One year ago: Indonesia April 2012: Avanza rules – now sharing my photo album!

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World: Datsun, now Autobianchi to be revived as low-cost brands

April 16th, 2013 21 comments

Autobianchi Logo. Picture courtesy of cartype.comWe could see Autobianchi return as early as 2014!

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With the progression of Chinese carmakers worldwide, the rise and rise of low-cost brands following the tremendous success of Dacia over the last decade is one of the most fascinating mega-trends in the car industry at the moment. For example, my worldwide January roundup stressed the fact that Renault is only keeping afloat worldwide due to the success of its Dacia models, and monthly Chinese rankings show both low-cost brands Baojun and Venucia are making their mark.

Autobianchi Siena. Picture courtesy of Autobild.deAutobianchi Siena?

Last week, German website Autobild announced that Fiat could revive Autobianchi as its low-cost brand. For a while Innocenti was whispered around but it now seems like Autobianchi is the go. Created in 1955, Autobianchi was always priced higher than equivalent Fiat models and was used to test innovative concepts which later found their way into mainstream Fiat vehicles. Guess that will have to change now! The brand was integrated into Lancia in 1989 but survived in Italy until 1995 when production of the Y10 stopped. More on the Autobianchi brand here.

1977 Autobianchi A112 Abarth1977 Autobianchi A112 Abarth

According to Autobild, the first Autobianchi model would be built in Poland and Russia and based on the Brazilian Fiat Siena, itself built on the previous generation Fiat Palio’s platform. It will be a notchback sedan targeted at Eastern European markets to go full frontal against the Dacia Logan, with prices starting at 5,000 Euros. Autobild says if these plans come to fruition we could see the first low-cost Autobianchi cars hitting the road in late 2014, which is not so far off!

2013 Datsun grille2013 Datsun grille

These news come as Nissan has confirmed they are reviving the Datsun brand as their low-cost option, to be officially launched later this year. Plans are now getting more precise: in addition to India, Indonesia and Russia which were announced last year, in February South Africa was confirmed as the 4th market where the Datsun brand will be revived.

Datsun notchback sedan. Picture courtesy of Autobild.deThe first low-cost Datsun?

As far as Russia is concerned, last week Nissan Russia CEO Francois Goupil de Bouille announced that “the first Datsun cars will roll in Russian cities in March 2014″, with plans to sell 100,000 Datsuns annually in Russia by 2016. There will be two Russian Datsun models to start with: a notchback sedan based on the Lada Kalina and Granta platforms and a hatchback model based on the previous generation Nissan Note.

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Datsun 240Z. Picture courtesy of modified.com1968 Datsun 240Z

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Indonesia March 2013: Daihatsu Xenia back with a vengeance

April 13th, 2013 No comments

Daihatsu Xenia Indonesia March 2013Daihatsu Xenia in Bali, Indonesia December 2012

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In March 95,939 new vehicles found a buyer in Indonesia, bringing the year-to-date total to 295,922 units, up a fantastic 18% on 2012 which was already a record year. If the Toyota Avanza keeps the lead by far with 14,333 sales and 14.9% share (albeit down from 16.2% in February and 18.1% in January), the rest of the ranking is completely reshuffled this month. Beaten by both the Suzuki Ertiga (now #5) and Toyota Innova (now #3) last month, the Daihatsu Xenia brilliantly reclaims its traditional 2nd spot in March thanks to 7,141 units and an excellent 7.4% market share, and is now also back to #2 year-to-date with 19,329 sales and 6.5% vs. 18,911 and 6.4% for the Innova.

Toyota Etios Indonesia March 2013Toyota Etios

The Daihatsu Gran Max pick-up delivers an excellent performance, up 3 spots on February to #4 at 3,857 units and 4%, as does the Honda Jazz also up 3 ranks to #6 with 3,668 sales and 3.8% and the Honda CR-V up one to #7 at 2,817 units and 2.9%. The Daihatsu Terios is up 5 to #10, the Honda Brio up 7 to #11 and the Toyota Etios makes its very first appearance within the Indonesian Top 20 at #18 with 1,289 sales and 1.3% share.

Previous month: Indonesia February 2013: Suzuki Ertiga up to 2nd place!

One year ago: Indonesia March 2012: Toyota Avanza and Innova in command

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