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Indonesia April 2020: Wholesales down -90.6%, retail off -69.9%, Daihatsu Sigra scores first win

The Daihatsu Sigra is the best-selling vehicle in Indonesia for the first time in history.

Our monthly Indonesian coverage now includes All-brands retail volumes and a monthly All-models ranking, upgraded from a Top 20 models.

Indonesia was late to impose COVID-19 lockdowns (if any) and as a result confirmed cases have soared from 1.528 as of March 31 to 10.118 as of 30 April and 20.162 as of May 20, including 973 new cases on May 20 alone which is a new record. As a result, the economic situation in the country is rapidly deteriorating. From April 24 onwards and up until June 8 at least, all passenger travel outside areas with at least one confirmed case is suspended. The ban applies to all types of public and private transportation by air, sea, land, and railway, except for police and military vehicles, ambulances, fire trucks, hearses and logistical transport. With the majority of the local automotive industry idled but car showrooms still open, wholesales are logically more affected this month at -90.6% year-on-year to 7.871 and -27.7% year-to-date to 244.762. Retail sales are off -69.9% to 24.276 for the month and -28.5% so far in 2020 at 243.634.

The Suzuki XL7 breaks into the Indonesian Top 10.

In the wholesales brands ranking, Toyota (-93%), Daihatsu (-91.8%), Honda (-89.8%) and Suzuki (-86.4%) are the only carmakers managing more than 1.000 units for the month, with Peugeot (+144.4%) and Volkswagen (+125%) the only gainers and BMW (-47.3%), Mercedes (-72.5%) and Lexus (-73.6%) standing out with slimmer drops. Retail-wise, in a market 3 times larger than wholesales, Toyota (-68.3%) and Daihatsu (-61%) resist better and cement their domination at 34.8% and 21.3% share respectively vs. 30.4% and 17.9% YTD, that’s a combined 56.1% share vs. 48.3% YTD and 43% of April wholesales. Mitsubishi (-74.4%) leaps to #3 above Suzuki (-66.9%) and Honda (-81.9%). Mercedes (-19.3%), Dongfeng (-30.3%) and to a lesser extent Isuzu (-58%) also resist in the remainder of the Top 12.

The Daihatsu Sigra is particularly successful with taxi companies.

The models ranking is completely reshuffled due to the low volumes and crowns the Daihatsu Sigra (-92.4%) for the very first time, after a peak at #2 year ago in April 2019. It may also be the first time a Daihatsu is the best-selling vehicle in Indonesia. According to BSCB records, the only non-Toyota to top the monthly Indonesian rankings in the past 15 years was the Mitsubishi Xpander, #1 seven times between February and September 2018. Note the Sigra twin, the Toyota Calya, topped the Indonesian charts 3 times between August and October 2016. The Toyota Kijang Innova (-90.2%) leaps up 5 spots on March to #2 while the Mitsubishi Xpander (-89.4%) is up two to #3, the Daihatsu Gran Max Pikap (-87.4%) remains at #4 and the Suzuki APV Minibus soars 22 ranks to #5, meaning the Toyota Avanza (-97%), Indonesian leader for the past 14 years without interruption, is knocked out of the Top 5 to #6 for the 2nd time in the past year after June 2019. Launched in February, the Suzuki XL7 is up 10 spots on March to break into the Indonesian Top 10 for the first time at #8. The Isuzu Traga (#12), Mitsubishi Triton (#13), Toyota Alphard (#17) and Suzuki Jimny (#19) also make their appearance in the Top 20.

Previous month: Indonesia March 2020: Wholesales down -15%, retail down -33.7%, Honda (+48.2%) survives

One year ago: Indonesia April 2019: Toyota (+0.2%), Nissan (+81.9%) defy market down -17.8%

Full April 2020 Top 30 All-brands (separate wholesales and retail charts) and Top 110 All-models (wholesales) below.

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