The 20th Indonesia Motor Show (IIMS 2012) opened to the press and invited guests at the JIExpo-Kemayoran exhibition centre here in Jakarta yesterday morning.
The international motor show displayed cars and automobiles from more than 20 automobile companies, boasting a larger display area than ever before with a total display floor area of 75,000 square metres.
Cars, Bikes & Trucks had the good opportunity to talk with Mr Pradipto Sugondo, executive officer, for Daihatsu Indonesia's research and development division at the simultaneous soft launching of the Daihatsu Ayla and its sibling, the Toyota Agya.
The Ayla is Daihatsu's new entrant into the small city car segment, and aimed at the likes of the Hyundai i10, Chevrolet Spark and Kia Picanto.
The price of Ayla is still not finalized pending the release of the low cost green car government program with special incentive tax breaks which may see the final price of the Ayla to be below 100 million Rupiahs (Rm32,000).
Ayla is the Sanskrit word for ‘light’ and Agya the same for ‘fast’.
Toyota and Daihatsu have a long history of producing ‘twin’ cars like the small MPV Toyota Avanza and the Daihatsu Xenia, the small SUV Toyota Rush and the Daihatsu Terios (Perodua Nautica in Malaysia).
The Ayla/Agya is developed and produced by Daihatsu with styling done locally here in Indonesia.
Daihatsu is owned by Toyota in Japan and both brands are under Astra Indonesia, the sole agent here in Indonesia.
The Ayla/Agya is produced at Astra’s Karawang plant in West Java.
Designed specifically for the Indonesian market, the Ayla/Agya is only produced here in Indonesia.
They have a higher ground clearance of 180mm compared to other similar cars to combat the hazards of pot holes and the occasional flooding experienced here in Indonesia not infrequently.
Leg room is also increased due to a longer wheel base.
Boot space will fit three 20 gallon mineral water cylinders along with two boxes containing 24 packets of Indomie simultaneously!
Local content is a high 84% including its 1.0-litre naturally aspirated engine which is casted and machined here, only the gear box machining is done in Japan but assembly of the gear box is done locally.
Traditionally the Toyota variants are aimed at a higher market than the Daihatsu variants and this theme is similarly repeated here with airbags present in the former and absent in the latter, double DIN stereo head units in the Toyota Agya and single in the Daihatsu Ayla.
The Toyota Agya sports a more aggressive front bumper face, and the price difference between the Agya and Ayla is estimated to be between 5 to 10 million Rupiahs (RM1,600 to RM3,200).
When pressed to be told if there are any plans to bring the Ayla to Malaysia, Pradipto mentioned none at the moment as they are concentrating on making the car a success in Indonesia and CBT sees no reason for it not to be.
By: Dr. Raymond Tan, CBT correspondent reporting from IIMS 2012 Jakarta