According to figures recently released by the Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo), the number of vehicle exports in September this year grew by 78% to more than 17,000 compared to the 9,600 units shipped in August.

September also saw a significant rise in complete knock-down (CKD) units: a 93% rise to 11,639 units, compared to 6,034 units in August. CKD exports have never previously beaten the 10,000 unit level.

However, the association's chairman, Jongkie Sugiarto, stressed that this did not necessarily mean that export numbers would continue to grow.

For the first nine months, finished vehicle exports amounted to 124,560 units and CKD exports to just more than 79,050.

Inbound vehicle units in the first three quarters totalled 96,190 units, while 11,545,000 component pieces were exported.

Of the total output of 908,280 vehicles manufactured in the first nine months, Toyota Astra Motor accounted for more than 35%, equivalent to 319,187 units. Toyota Motors Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMI) was responsible for 78,000 complete built units (CBU) in January-September, an increase of 5.8%.

According to TMMI vice-president, Johnny Darmawan, Toyota had initially committed to export 30% of its total Indonesian production, although this is currently now in the region of 40%.