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Green cars take center stage at auto show

[30th Sep, 2013]
The 21st Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS), one of Asia\'s biggest automobile shows, kicked off on Thursday at the Jakarta International Expo (JIExpo) in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, with automakers aiming to step up their sales of eco-friendly cars.

Several automakers, such as Suzuki, Ford and Subaru, unveiled their new cars, while other automakers also revealed their concept cars.

At the show, PT Suzuki Indomobil Sales introduced a 1,000 cubic-centimeter (CC) eco-car variant - Karimun Wagon R, slated to be its LCGC version.

\"The car has been used in Japan since 1993 and around 4 million units were sold in Japan in the last 20 years,\" said Suzuki sales director Davy Tuilan.

Suzuki will start massive production of the car soon and launch it after October, but it still waited for the final verification from the Industry Ministry, he said. A number of customers have pre-ordered the cars, Davy said.

Meanwhile, Daihatsu and Honda also introduced their concept cars.

Honda made a world premiere of its low multi-purpose vehicle (LMPV) Honda Mobilio.

Honda is expected to produce the 1,500 cc Mobilio in its plant in Karawang, which was scheduled to start operating in 2014, Honda Prospect Motor president director Tomoki Uchida said.

Daihatsu introduced eight world premiere concept cars, including the Ultra Function Compact (UFC-2) seven seater compact car and the family car cross over utility vehicle (CUV).