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Indonesian sales drop sharply

Just Auto - February 22, 2024

New vehicle sales in Indonesia plunged by 26% to 69,619 units in January 2024 from 94,087 units a year earlier, according to member wholesale data compiled by local automotive industry association Gaikindo.

This was the seventh consecutive month of decline after a strong two year rebound from the pandemic low. A series of interest rate hikes by the central bank in the last eighteen months, from 3.5% to 6.0%, had dampened consumer demand particularly for large purchases.

Economic growth remained sluggish at around 5% in the fourth quarter of 2023 with slower private consumption and investment offset by stronger exports and government spending compared with the previous quarter.

Sales of passenger vehicles declined by 20% to 56,007 units in January while commercial vehicle sales plunged by 43% to 13,612 units. Battery electric vehicle (BEV) sales amounted to 2,340 units, mostly Wuling models.

Toyota sales fell 28% to 20,988 units last month while Daihatsu deliveries were down 21% at 14,363 units, Honda 8,413 units (-47%), Mitsubishi 6,962 (-12%) and Suzuki 6,138 units (-7%).

Overall vehicle production fell 24% year on year to 100,953 units in January while exports of assembled vehicles plunged 33% to 29,505 units.

The government extended the sales tax exemption on BEVs with a minimum 40% local content until the end of 2024 to help drive up domestic demand to attract inward investment in the zero emission segment. It is encouraging purchases of BEVs by government departments and is also pushing for the development of charging networks, as it targets 2m BEVs in use by 2030.

Source: https://www.just-auto.com/news/indonesian-sales-drop-sharply-2