JAKARTA Feb 15 Indonesia auto sales climbed
26.5 percent in January, a strong start to the year after a
record 2012 underpinned by sharp climbs in wages and low
A key indicator of domestic consumer spending, auto sales
have been emblematic of rapid growth for Southeast Asia's
January sales rose to 96,656 vehicles. The rise was faster
than the 11.4 percent year-on-year climb marked in December.
Sales rose 8 percent from a month earlier.
According to the Indonesia Automotive Industry Association
(Gaikindo), sales were led by Toyota Motor Corp,
Mitsubishi Motors Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp.
Some analysts have forecast double-digit growth in 2013
after a jump of 25 percent to 1.1 million vehicles last year
despite new down payment requirements for auto purchases which
were aimed at pushing down loan growth.
Nissan Motor Co logged its best ever January sales
of 5,409 vehicles in Indonesia, up 3.9 percent from a year
earlier, helped by sales of its multi-purpose vehicle (MPV)
models Grand Livina and Evalia.
Nissan has said it considers Indonesia key to its bid to
resurrecting Datsun as its emerging market brand.
Following is a table of auto sales in 2012-2013, based on
Month Volume m/m y/y
(cars) pct pct
Jan 96,656 8.0 26.5
Dec 89,456 -13.7 11.4
Nov 103,703 -2.9 53.3
Oct 106,754 4.6 23.6
Sep 102,100 33.6 27.9
Aug 76,445 -25.4 4.3
Jul 102,511 0.8 15.1
Jun 101,746 6.5 45.0
May 95,541 9.6 56.5
Apr 87,144 -0.9 43.5
Mar 87,917 1.7 7.0
Feb 86,486 13.2 24.3
Jan 76,427 -4.9 3.3
(Reporting by Rieka Rahadiana; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)