Indonesian auto sales have entered into a tailspin over the past few months, with their decline exacerbated by the recent hike in fuel prices in November 2014. While we remain optimistic on 2015 and forecast a recovery for this year, we are tempering our growth forecasts as we see demand conditions remaining soft in the coming months. We forecast vehicle sales to grow 4.3% in 2015 versus 9.6% previously.
The two salient factors, which have eroded consumers' purchasing power and crimped private consumption, are high inflation and elevated interest rates. Our Country Risk team expects this to persist for much of 2015 and this will continue to take a toll on passenger car demand. However, as the market gradually absorbs the rise in fuel prices, we see consumer demand picking up in the latter half of the year; we forecast car sales to rise by 4.0% in 2015.
On the commercial vehicle (CV) side, government bureaucracy has taken its toll on investment and this is evident in the 17.7% decline in heavy truck sales in 2014. For instance, the mining sector remains in a logjam due to the government's wide-ranging export ban of unprocessed mineral ores, which has no near-term solution in sight. With commodity exports suffering as a result, we believe sales of heavy trucks inevitably declined as mining firms saw a lesser need for them. While our view of a recovery in CV sales in 2015 is predicated on a concurrent modest pickup in economic growth, more structural reforms are needed to spur investment and increase CV demand ( see 'Modest Growth Pick-Up In 2015, But Structural Reforms Still Needed', January 14).
We remain positive on the long-term outlook of Indonesia, and believe that the country's consumer story remains very strong. As such, we forecast domestic auto sales to grow at an annual average of 8.8% over the 2016-2019 period to hit 1.8mn units by 2019. Indonesia will also remain as one of the key auto manufacturing hubs within ASEAN, with the 2015 ASEAN Economic...
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Industry SWOT Analysis
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BMI Industry Forecasts
Historic data series and forecasts to end- 2019 for all key industry indicators (see list below), supported by explicit assumptions plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecast, including:
Sales and production of motorcycles in units; total production of units; production by vehicle type (including cars, commercial vehicles, trucks and buses); total vehicle fleet size in units; sales by vehicle type, including passenger cars and commercial vehicles; fleet size by vehicle type, including passenger car, commercial vehicles and motorcycles; total vehicle trade balance in units; vehicle trade balance by vehicle type, including passenger car, commercial vehicle and motorcycle; car ownership measured as car density per 1,000 people.
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