The Nikkei reports that Suzuki Motor Corp. plans to build another engine factory in Indonesia, tripling its output there to 150,000 units a year. The automaker will invest roughly ¥30 billion (US$390 million) to set up engine manufacturing operations from parts production to finished engines, by 2015, according to the report.
The company plans to start up the engine plant and a facility for cast and forged engine parts at around the same time...Suzuki has been assembling its mainstay Swift and SX4 subcompacts in Indonesia, and is working to lift its annual output capacity there from 120,000 vehicles to at least 150,000 next spring. But its engine production capacity in the Southeast Asian country stands at 50,000 units a year.
...Auto sales in Indonesia jumped by about 60% on the year to around 760,000 vehicles in 2010, close on the heels of Thailand's roughly 800,000 units. In 2011, Indonesia likely became the biggest auto market in Southeast Asia.