Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Preview Indonesia International Motor Show 2012
So, just 7 days left to Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) 2012. This annual auto show will be held from 20th-17th September in JIExpo, Kemayoran, Central Jakarta. Adopt 'Eco-Mobility' theme, the area of IIMS 2012 gets wider (70,550 m2). It means that IIMS 2012 is the auto show with widest area in ASEAN. 25 brands for passenger vehicle and 10 brands for commercial vehicle has confirmed to join this event. So, what to expect and what will you see if you attend to IIMS 2012? Here's the forecast and some rumors.
First is Audi. The German company plans to introduce A6 2.0 TFSI. It has a new engine 2.0 liter produces 211 hp. The TFSI engine has awarded as 'Engine of the Year 2012'. And I hope Audi will introduce the Q5 facelift for national market. Audi's rival, BMW, plans to show its EfficientDynamics from various variant. Of course, you can see the 6-Series Gran Coupe in their booth.
From German, we move to USA. Because Chevrolet is going to show 2 new cars. First is Trailblazer which is just launched for Indonesia market. And the second is Daihatsu Xenia/Toyota Avanza fighter, Chevrolet Spin. This compact-MPV makes Asian debut at IIMS 2012. Chevrolet promises that Spin has more modern look, roomy interior, and better engine. Meanwhile, Chrysler plans to launch 300C SRT which has HEMI engine 6.4 liter produces 525 hp.
The Japanese company, Daihatsu is rumored to make a world premiere for their latest car. Unfortunately, there's no detail information about the car. Report said that it was a low cost green car named Alya and result collaboration with Toyota. And then Dodge has confirmed that they are going to show their latest muscle car, Charger Redline. Along with 300C SRT, this four-door sedan has HEMI engine, but with more power, 590 hp. The unique thing that we can find from Charger Redline is the pop-up engine hood. Meanwhile, Ford is going to introduce the latest Focus. The main feature is Active Park Assist that helps you in parking your car. I wish Ford will introduce Fiesta-based SUV, EcoSport for the first time in ASEAN. Some resources report that compact-SUV will be released in Indonesia at 2013, competes with Nissan Juke and Toyota Rush.
The Chinese firm, Geely is going to introduce EC7 sedan and TX4 which looks like London Taxi Cab. The EC7 probably will be launched for Indonesia market and ready to compete with Honda City and Toyota Vios. After launching the 9th generation Civic and Brio, Honda plans to show the latest CR-V for the first time in ASEAN. If you're interested in this SUV, you can pay booking fee now. Beside CR-V, the company with 'H' logo, plans to launch CR-Z hybrid officially for Indonesia market. It has petrol engine 1.8 liter with 111 hp and accompanied with electric motor. The Korean Company, Hyundai will introduce the latest Santa Fe. Probably it has 2.4 liter GDI engine which produces 190 hp. There's possibility for Hyundai to introduce new i20 considering the first generation i20 is getting older.
There's no announcement about what latest car that we'll see in Infiniti booth. But rumor has it that they plan to introduce the mid-size crossover, called JX. It has futuristic exterior with rounded design. It has V6 engine 3.5 liter produces 265 hp. Japanese car maker, Isuzu possibly introducing the new D-Max at IIMS 2012. Like the previous generation, latest D-Max still shares platform with new Chevrolet Colorado. In Thailand it is offered with 2 engines, 2.5 liter and 3.0 liter.
The SUV maker, Jeep confirms introducing Grand Cherokee SRT-8. It has sportier look with HEMI engine 6.4 liter V8 produces 465 hp. For limited edition freak, you can smile. Because Jeep is going to introduce 2 Wrangler Special Edition, called Mountain and Volcano. Mountain comes with 'Gecko' green body color. Another Korean car maker, Kia is ready to show off their latest products. Some sources report that Kia will introduce Rio Sedan and Sorento facelift.
At Mazda booth, we'll see Biante. A new MPV that competes with Nissan Serena. It has unique exterior and elegant design. After make world premiere at Moscow International Auto Show 2012, the latest Mazda 6 probably makes Asian debut at IIMS. The wagon version won't be launched for Indonesia market considering the lack of estate market. German car maker, Mercedes is preparing a surprise for IIMS 2012. Unfortunately, they haven't made any announcement about it. Reports said that Mercedes plans to show new A-Class, new SL-Class, G and GL-Class facelift, and CLS Shooting Brake which probably makes the first public appearance (it means world premiere).
The Britain company, Mini hasn't announced yet what new car that they will introduce at IIMS 2012. After launching Outlander Sport which results big success, Mitsubishi is going to show Mirage at IIMS 2012. This is the mini-hatchback that competes with Honda Brio and Nissan March. Like its rival, Mirage has 1.2 liter engine with 78 hp and CVT transmission.
The new Nissan Serena will be launched at IIMS 2012. It has fresh and elegant design than its predecessor. Probably it will be launched with 2.4 liter engine and XTronic transmission. For those who admire Nissan GT-R R35, you'll be happy hear this news. Yup, Nissan Motor Indonesia is going to sell this legend sport car officially. And you can see it at IIMS 2012. For sedan segment, there's possibility that this Japanese car maker to introduce Almera and Sylphy. French company, Peugeot confirms to show 208 off at IIMS 2012.
Meanwhile, Smart is ready to release facelift of ForTwo for Indonesia market. Thin tiny car will be launched at IIMS 2012. It has fresher look and gets LED Daytime. Subaru plans to release BRZ the Toyota GT86 twin, compact crossover XV, and latest legendary rally car, Impreza.
And then Suzuki is rumored to intriduce 3 new cars, Grand Vitara, Splash, and Swift. Grand Vitara just made world ebut at Moscow Auto Show 2012 with European spec. There's a little differentiation with Indonesian spec. For Splash just received facelift with fresher look. And for Swift, this is the new generation of Honda Jazz rival. It has more aggressive and sportier face. Indian car maker, Tata will make its first public appearance for Indonesia market. They are going to show several cars such as Xenon Double Cab, Aria, Indica Vista, and cheapest car in world, Nano.
The largest auto maker from Japan, Toyota plans to introduce several new cars. One of them is a low cost green car that collaborated with Daihatsu. Unlike Daihatsu Xenia and Toyota Avanza, these two cheap cars are rumored to have different styling. Another new car that will be introduced is Noah which competes with Nisan Serena, the tough and classic FJ Cruiser, and hybrid for young people Prius C. People's vehicle or Volkswagen (VW) confirms that they to introduce new variants for Scirocco and Tiguan. There's still no confirmation for Up! and new Beetle. I hope both of it will be introduced at IIMS.