Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: What The Indonesians Bought In 2012

Matt Gasnier
by Matt Gasnier

We continue our round-the-world-travels, exploring what the main car markets in the world looked like in 2012. We have gone through the Chinese, European, Russian, Indian, Israeli and Italian markets already, now let’s have a look at Indonesia…

Not really interested? That’s ok, you can check out the best-selling models and brands in 172 additional countries and territories on my blog. Enjoy!

Back to Indonesia. And for the first time ever in 2012, the Indonesian car market became… Damn me! You’re going to have to jump to find out…

So I was just saying, for the first time ever in 2012, the Indonesian car market became a millionaire, reaching a record 1,116,224 units which is up a whopping 25% on 2011 and 46% on 2010, both record years already…

Before 2012, never had the Indonesian new car market found itself above 100,000 monthly sales. It happened for the first time last June (101,743) and then 4 more times in the following 5 months: in July (new record 102,512), September (102,111), October (new record again at 106,806) and November (103,474).

See the Top 20 best-selling models in Indonesia in 2012 here

The Toyota Avanza, produced locally, is the best-selling model in the country and this for the 7th year in a row. I can illustrate this to you in a very beautiful (yes Sie!) Indonesian photo report – but you’ll need to click on the link here. The Avanza breaks both its annual volume record at 192,146 units (+18%) and its monthly sales record, twice, bringing it to 17,364 in March and 17,860 in November.

Run little dog, run! Nissan Evalia in Ubud, Bali Indonesia

Its twin the Daihatsu Xenia ranks #2 like in 2011 with 73,418 sales and 6.6% share, up 10%. The Toyota Innova rounds up the podium at 71,685 units and 6.4%, up 31%. Perpetuating a long heritage dating back to the seventies, the Mitsubishi Truck Colt Diesel is #4 with 55,604 sales, followed by the Suzuki Carry and Daihatsu Gran Max Pick-ups.

See the Top 20 best-selling models in Indonesia in 2012 here

Suzuki Ertiga

The Nissan Grand Livina is up 35% to #7 but the most impressive arrival in this year’s Indonesian Top 20 is the Suzuki Ertiga, landing directly at #8 with 34,074 sales and 3.1%, ahead of the Toyota Rush (+36%) and Yaris (+69%).

See the Top 20 best-selling models in Indonesia in 2012 here

Honda CR-V in Ubud Bali, Indonesia

Notice also the Honda CR-V at 14,753 sales including a huge 2,551 in December which should place it within the Top 10 that month, the Honda Brio at 8,002 but peaking at #10 in September and the Nissan Evalia up to #6 in August but outside the year-end Top 25.

See the Top 20 best-selling models in Indonesia in 2012 here

And it’s my pleasure to report that you are now all experts on car sales in Indonesia.

You’re welcome!

You can also check: Indonesia Full Year 2011: Toyota Avanza still #1 in record market

Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.

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  • Silverkris Silverkris on Feb 25, 2013

    Is this the successor to the old Kijang?

    • MrWhopee MrWhopee on Feb 25, 2013

      No. The Avanza is one size smaller. The true successor of the old Kijang is the Toyota Innova. Still branded "Kijang Innova" here, though it's just Innova elsewhere. But, yes, it's sort of similar in size, and engine size, to the old Kijang.

  • Volt 230 Volt 230 on Feb 25, 2013

    Where is Hyundai/Kia? Toyota is indeed King of the third world.

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    • Marcelo de Vasconcellos Marcelo de Vasconcellos on Feb 26, 2013

      @Marcelo de Vasconcellos Hey! I don't know what series it was, but it was the 1950s or 60s one. Stayed the same way until that factory was closed in the late 90s. It never sold much cause it cost way more than the Ford and GM pickups and Willys (later Ford) Jeeps and PUs and Rural (a kind of grandaddy of SUVs). however they do live on in poorer sections of the country. In the North of the country they even transform it into a sort of bus to transport farmhands

  • Lou_BC You'd think cops would have an understanding of the laws they are supposed to enforce.
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  • Buickman I won't own one and I'll be happy!
  • Jeanbaptiste Ever since y’all started sending your damn geese down here we’re just been waiting for one of you to show up.
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