Indonesian c armaker Suzuki Indomobil (SI) has announced that it is ready to begin production of low-cost green cars (LCGCs) between April and May 2014, following the completion of its new plant at the Greenland International Industrial Centre in Cikarang, West Java.

SI, a joint venture between Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan and Indomobil Group of Indonesia, plans to manufacture 100,000 LCGCs in the initial phase of production.

The new plant, worth 1 billion USD, will have an annual production capacity of around 150,000 to 200,000 units. Once fully operational in the first quarter of 2014, the plant is expected to help SI raise its production capacity, which now stands at 210,000 units per year.

According to Davy J. Tulian, SI’s sales director, his company’s target is to gain at least a 15 percent share in the country’s car market in 2013. With this goal, the company plans to sell 180,000 units this year, up from 126,577 units in 2012.

Several other joint ventures operating in the auto industry such as Astra Daihatsu Motor, Toyota Astra Motor and Nissan Motor Indonesia have also expressed their interest in joining the Indonesian Government’s LCGC project.

The Indonesian Automotive Industry Association (Gaikindo) estimates that car sales in the country will rise by 10 percent to around 1.2 million units in 2013, 14.8 percent lower than the growth rate recorded in 2012.-VNA