IIMS 2016 Girls Cover

It has been left hanging, our 2016 Indonesia International Motor Show coverage. Why, when all relevant cars and motorcycles were covered with live galleries from JIExpo, you ask? Well, traditions matter, and we always end the meal with something sweet. My bad. This writer had to catch a flight on the same day he got back from Jakarta; but better late then never, I’m sure you’ll agree.

No matter what happens here in this post, the Toyota Sienta was the star of IIMS 2016. Indonesia and our region are regular recipients of Toyota MPVs that are robust and functional, but lack a certain wow factor. The Sienta – made in Indonesia and likely to be brought to Malaysia in the near future – is a seven-seater with all of its Japanese quirkiness maintained in the translation from JDM to ASEAN-spec.

IIMS Toyota Sienta 5

About the size of a Perodua Alza, the Sienta is powered by Toyota’s new 2NR-FE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine with 107 PS and 143 Nm, as seen in the Avanza facelift. Indonesia gets a six-speed manual or a CVT with seven virtual ratios. LED headlamps and dual electric sliding doors are available. Priced there from Rp 230 million (RM67,517) to Rp 295 million (RM86,599).

Sienta aside, we showed detailed the new Toyota Innova that’s coming to Malaysia this year and the refreshed Toyota Rush 7 TRD Sportivo Ultimo from the big T’s stand.

Next to it was Honda, which gave the new Civic its Indonesian debut. There, the tenth-gen sedan is positioned as a premium product – no base naturally aspirated model like in Thailand, just the 1.5 litre turbocharged variant will the bells and whistles. Also snapped were the Brio facelift (now less cutesy and with a much better interior) and the CR-Z facelift.

Away from the two big players, we showed you the Chevrolet Trax B-segment SUV, a souped up Hyundai Tucson and Indonesia’s only unit of the Porsche 911 Singer. The latter is gorgeous.

On the bike front, we managed to catch the Honda RC213V-S, which is an RM840k MotoGP road-going replica, plus the Yamaha Xabre 150, Yamaha R15, Honda CBR500R, mad Honda NM4 Vultus, wild machines from Big Bear Choppers and electric-powered two-wheelers by Zero Motorcycles.

Unlike last year, where IIMS clashed with the first Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS), long-time organisers Dyandra Promosindo (DP) decided to shift the annual show to April this year, and it has turned out well for everyone. How well? This year’s show created a new record for visitors (over 400,000) and transactions (over Rp. 2.1 trillion), exceeding the targets set by DP. As a result, it will be the same place (JIExpo Kemayoran) and the same month (April 2017) next year.

Having gone to Indonesia’s annual shows for a few years now, we think that there’s certainly room for two yearly motor shows in Jakarta, a city of 30 million that generates a sixth of the GDP of the world’s fourth most populous country. Indonesia – with a big and young population on its side – is also ASEAN’s biggest car market, and it will continue to be for the foreseeable future. Both shows are also geographically very far apart – IIMS is in Jakarta while GIIAS is held in a suburb 50 km away.

Till next year. Have a good night.