Some news about Tata. Reports state that the Indian automaker has announced that it has set up a wholly-owned subsidiary in Indonesia. PT Tata Motors Indonesia is expected to begin selling both passenger and commercial vehicles from 2013.

Significant spending is planned for component localisation, the company added, without elaborating on details. Tata is also reportedly evaluating the setting up of a manufacturing base in the country as it progresses, not just building for the needs of the Indonesian market but with a view to exporting to other ASEAN countries, specifically Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia.

When it begins operations next year, the local unit is set to kick off with around 10 to 15 dealers nationwide, and over a three-year period is expected to increase the sales, service and spare parts network in the country to around 60 full-service dealers, 100 workshops and 300 spare parts retailers.