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Suzuki Mulls Assembling Suzuki JImny in Indonesia

Suzuki Mulls Assembling Suzuki JImny in Indonesia (suzukicarsuk)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Suzuki Indonesia will produce the legendary Suzuki Jimny car model, following Indonesia's experience in making the Katana model from 1988 to 2005.

"[Jimny] production in Indonesia depends on the plan, it can be next month or another year," said Managing Officer of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Shuji Oishi, at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta, Friday (4/26/2019).

"Indonesia is prioritized for production, since the country had earlier assembled the Katana in Indonesia," Shuji said when asked if the tiny SUV model would also be produced in India.

Nevertheless, Shuji has not been able to confirm when the Jimny production plan in Indonesia will be rehabilitated. "We are still negotiating," he said.

However, the opportunity to produce Jimny is wide open because the model uses the same engine as the Suzuki Ertiga, which is one of the flagship models of Suzuki sales in Indonesia.

"The engine is the same as Ertiga, New Carry. So it's very open," he said, as reported by Antara.

Suzuki Japan only has a production capacity of 75,000 Jimny units per year to meet global market demand. If Suzuki Indonesia is able to manufacture Jimny, it will open opportunities to market it to export markets that are not handled by Suzuki Japan.