General Motors sees China-like take-off in Indonesian car market

General Motors Co (GM), the world’s second-biggest car maker, is trying to break the Japanese stranglehold of the popular family car market in Indonesia, where it sees the next auto boom after China, a senior executive said. Despite being in Indonesia for about 30 years longer than Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp and its affiliates including Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd , the U.S. company is only a small player in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy. The U.S. company has sold around 12,000 cars from January to October this year, whereas Toyota, the world’s biggest car maker, has sold more than 350,000 units. General Motors is banking on multi-purpose vehicles, sport utility vehicles and compact cars to close the gap with its Japanese rivals, said Michael Dunne, who became president of the company’s Indonesian operations in September.


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