Number of cars in use in Indonesia 2013-2018

The largest number of cars in use was measured in 2018 with around 17 million units. This figure did not come out of nowhere, in fact it reflects the constant expansion of the automotive sector in Indonesia.

The Indonesian automotive sector

Despite the fossil fuel subsidy reductions in 2014, the automotive sector is still on the rise; passenger car sales have almost tripled between 2005 and 2017 resulting in Indonesia becoming the largest automotive market in Southeast Asia. This development is mainly driven by the growing middle class as well as the fact that owning a car is seen as a very important status symbol for many Indonesians.

Successful car brands in Indonesia

In Indonesia, Japanese automakers dominate the market and held a combined market share of over 90 percent. In 2018, Toyota ranked first with a market share of almost 31 percent, followed by Daihatsu and Honda with about 17 and 14 percent respectively. The Japanese brands have optimally adapted to the needs of Indonesian customers with their models available on the market. Small and medium-sized "Sport Utility Vehicles” (SUV) and "Multi-Purpose vehicles" (MPV) with simple but robust technology at reasonable prices are in demand. They offer enough space for families and are better prepared for bad roads or floods because of their higher ground clearance.

Number of cars in use in Indonesia from 2013 to 2018

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

2013 to 2018

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