Dec. 11, 2003
Tokyo — DAIHATSU MOTOR CO., LTD. (Daihatsu) and TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced today that they plan to launch in Indonesia in January a jointly eveloped small car aimed at creating a new segment in the Indonesia market. Development of the Daihatsu XENIA and the Toyota AVANZA, as the new small car will be labeled under each brand, centered on maximizing the strengths of both Daihatsu and TMC, resulting in a high-performance and high-quality innovative compact vehicle at an ffordable price. The XENIA and AVANZA boast a refined and stylish exterior and hood design and a comfortable and sophisticated interior with multiple seat arrangements. An advanced package allows three rows of seats in a compact body only four meters long, delivering ample space for up to seven occupants. They also come with a newly developed high-power, high-performance and highly fuel-efficient engines (1.0 liter/1.3 liter) and a suspension system that offers a comfortable ride and stable handling. World-class quality can be seen in even the smallest details, from precision alignment and fitting of parts to the attractive and durable exterior finish. A shock-absorbing body and a high-strength cabin pursue excellent levels of safety. The XENIA and AVANZA, which will be reasonably priced under 100 million rupiah (On The Road DKI) (under 1.3 million yen) (including tax), will be produced at Daihatsu's Indonesian production base, PT. Astra Daihatsu Motor (ADM), and sold through PT. Astra International (AI) and PT. Toyota-Astra Motor (TAM). Daihatsu and TMC are confident that the new small car—based on Daihatsu’s small-car production know-how and TMC’s quality—is a new type of vehicle that can be globally competitive. Also, by putting to use the sales experience of AI and TAM, they aim to steadily expand the sales of the new car. Total investment in this project is 90 million U.S. dollars (about 9.9 billion yen) and the number of workers at ADM is expected to roughly double in 2004 to about 3,500.