323. Top-10 cars from the 2012 Indonesia International Motor Show.
The 2012 Indonesia International Motor Show was a grand
affair with many manufacturers coming out in force to show off their
latest cars. It's a testament to the growing affluence of Indonesia's
middle class that so many new cars were put on display and there was
even a word debut at the JI Expo show grounds. So, we've picked the ten
most important cars at IIMS 2012 and presented them in the following
The Malaysian built XV will
debut in Malaysia in December, but we got to drive it for a it in
Indonesia. Despite being P1 examples (pre-production) the test cars
already meet stringent standards set by Subaru parent company FHI. Power
is directed to all four wheels via Subaru's symmetrical AWD system with
power provided by a 2.0-litre Boxer-4 that produces 150PS and 196Nm.
The gearbox is a CVT so expect lots of practicality to be married to
ease of use and decent performance.
Aimed at buyers looking at cars
from the Perodua Viva class, the twins from Daihatsu and Toyota measure
only 3580mm in length. Both are powered by a 65bhp three-cylinder 997cc
engine and come with either a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual
gearbox. The Ayla and Agya will be built in Indonesia with a local
content target of 84 per cent, which should make it a perfect candidate
for an ASEAN car. Malaysians are unlikely to get it though.
Thai made and equipped with cute
looks, the Mirage, has been a mega seller in Thailand and looks to
replicate the success in Indonesia too. Equipped with a 1.2-litre
3-cylinder MIVEC engine, it produces 78PS and 100Nm and has a claimed
fuel consumption figure of just 21km/l or less than 5-litres/100km.
Combined that with a cheap selling price and you have a sure fire best
seller. The best part for Malaysians is the car is now available for
viewing at all Mitsubishi Malaysia showrooms so get your orders in now.
The first hybrid sportscar in
the world, the CR-Z has been a sales phenomenon in all the markets it's
available in. Honda even saw it fit to use IIMS 2012 as the venue for
the unveiling of its face-lifted model, which came as a surprise as the
much bigger Paris Motor Show was held shortly after. The engine
(1.5-litre VTEC + IMA) and gearbox options remain (CVT or 6-manual) as
the changes concentrate on the styling. There is a reshaped front
bumper, HID headlights, new rear lights and a different 17-inch wheel
design. Still the one to get if you want some fun from your hybrid.
Due to arrive in Malaysia in the
near future, the Hyundai Santa Fe has been rolling out on a regional
basis as markets gradually launch Hyundai's flagship SUV. Performance
from the 194bhp 2.2-litre turbo diesel was never an issue so it gets
carried over unchanged. The chassis has been upgraded and together with
the 6-speed auto gearbox now has a better chance of handling the
performance potential available. Together with the improved looks,
Hyundai just might carve out a bigger slice of the SUV market with the
Built in Indonesia and aimed at
buyers of the Toyota Avanza, the Chevrolet Spin is a seven-seat mini-MPV
and will be equipped with a six-speed auto. Little else is known but
South American cars get a 1.8-litre Econo Flex engine with 108bhp. The
interior has 710-litre of load space if used as a five-seater so
practicality levels are high. No word yet on the availability of the
spin in Malaysia but it looks like a worthy step up for Toyota Avanza
and Nissan Grand Livina owners.
Malaysia may be the regional hub
for Peugeot but it looks like Indonesia may be getting the new 208
before we do. Launched to an adoring fan base, the 208 recaptures the
essence of Peugeot's small cars with styling that appeals to both male
and female buyers. There will be a number of engine options but expect
Malaysian market cars to use 1.4VTI and 1.6 VTI engines mated to a
6-speed auto gearbox. There may even be a manual for the performance
oriented 208 GTI model so enthusiasts should get ready to place their
Already available in Malaysia,
the 3rd generation Focus is now truly a global car. ASEAN countries will
source their cars from Thailand and the only model thus far is the 2.0
Ti-VCT, which produces 168bhp and has a 6-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
We've driven the car and find it to be the best handling and family
sedan/hatch in the market, including the all-new Honda Civic. As with
any Ford passenger car, the problem will be convincing people to buy it
over inferior Japanese rivals.
Chrysler's face lifted 300C made
its Indonesian debut. Gone are the brash looks of the original replaced
by a much sleeker and modern design. Personally, we prefer the old
looks and find the new car a bit mundane to look at, but it'll still
turn heads wherever you go. Opt for the SRT-V8 version and you'll have
the rumble and performance to match the looks but don't expect to be
chasing the BMW M5 or Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG. It's more boulevard cruiser
than back road burner.
It's relatively old and everyone
knows what it is but the Subaru BRZ is still new enough to turn heads.
The twin-sister to the Toyota 86 marries Subaru engine technology to
Toyota's chassis expertise to create one of the best handling Japanese
cars ever. Sales are strong throughout the region but prices in markets
like Indonesia and Malaysia are relatively high so only well-heeled
enthusiasts need apply.