The 15th Indonesian International Motor Show 2007

After suffering a drop in sales last year compared with a year earlier, carmakers are hoping the 15th Indonesian International Motor Show (IIMS), which starts Thursday, will help mark the revival of the country's automotive sector.

The 10-day show, which continues through July 28, is expected to help the industry's reach its sales forecast of around 400,000 private and commercial vehicles by September, as predicted by Bambang Trisulo, chairman of the Indonesian Association of Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo).

His optimism is backed by first-half sales of 197,326 vehicles, representing an increase from the 149,632 sold during in the same period last year. In June, 39,424 units were sold, an increase of some 60.5 percent from the 24,564 sold in the same period a year earlier.

In 2006, sales plummeted to 318,000 from 534,000 units a year earlier, taking a hit from increased fuel prices and resulting higher interest rates.

At the show, themed "Green -- Better Living", a number of carmakers are exhibiting new and concept models, in addition to their existing production vehicles.

PT Honda Prospect Motor will publicly launch the popular Civic Hybrid, after earlier donating one of the cars to the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Research and Technology (BPPT) for research purposes.

PT Toyota Astra Motor will display its I-Unit, an emissionless vehicle and Fine-T fuel-cell hybrid.

PT Krama Yudha Tiga Berlian Motors, meanwhile, will display a vehicle using the Mitsubishi In-wheel Electric Vehicle (MIEV) technology.

KND4, a four-wheel drive concept sports utility vehicle (SUV) introduced at the Seoul International Motor Show in April, will represent PT KIA Motors Indonesia.

Some carmakers are also displaying models designed for disabled people using wheelchairs, such as the Daihatsu Tanto Slooper, Honda Elysion and Toyota Prius Welcab.

Malaysia will also be represented at the show with the Proton Waja sedan and Neo hatchback. Another Malaysian-made car is the Daihatsu Sirion hatchback, or Perodua Savvy as it is known in Malaysia.

Daihatsu will present two cars in the Japanese K-car (small car) category -- the Mira Custom and Sonica RS limited. A K-car is defined as being no more than 3.4 meters in length, and having an engine of less than 660 cc.

Other new models to be launched include the Mazda CX-7 SUV and Mazda BT-50 pickup, and the Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.0L TDCi MT XLT pickup.

Ford will display a replica of the Ford Focus WRC Concept 2007 in the sports-performance category. Meanwhile, Mitsubishi will also showcase the Pajero Evolution SUV and Triton pickup, which competes in the grueling Paris-Dakar Rally.

In the premium segment, PT DaimlerChrysler Indonesia will launch the C350 sedan and CL500 coupe, PT Central Sole Agency the Volvo C30, a three-door hatchback, while PT Garuda Mataram Motor will introduce a new engine lineup for its Audi TT Quattro coupe with a 3.2-liter engine, as well the variants of its VW Caravelle and VW Transporter vans.

Entrance to the motor show costs Rp 25,000 on weekends and Rp 20,000 on weekdays.

Here is gallery of IIMS 2007

Audi car

IIMS 2007 guest

Honda booth

Toyota booth

Honda Jazz moding with DJ in action

Honda concept car (look at the wheel)

Mercedes Benz CL500

Mercedes Benz C350

Proton Neo

The old car from 60th era