Chinese Car Manufacturer Chery Outlines Ambitious Plans For Indonesia

Chinese automaker Chery says the company is committed to making Indonesia its production base for the domestic and Southeast Asian markets and it will realise this goal gradually by increasing its investment in the country.

This year, the firm plans to export both internal combustion engine (ICE) automobiles and electric vehicles (EVs) from its Indonesian factory to other Southeast Asia countries, including Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.

“Indonesia will be the first country in Asia from which Chery exports cars,” stated Qu Ji Zong, executive vice president of PT Chery Sales Indonesia (CSI), during a press conference on Monday, as reported by Indonesian media outlets.

Chery has been assembling cars under a completely knocked-down (CKD) scheme in Indonesia since 2022 by working together with local factory PT Handal Indonesia Motor, which involved an initial (US$15.88 million) investment.