This Made-in-Indonesia Transformer-like-Minivan to Hit Southeast Asian Market

This Made-in-Indonesia Transformer-like-Minivan to Hit Southeast Asian Market

Maybe, not many of you have seen this transformer-looking MPV. Meet Mitshubishi Xpander, a 7-seater MPV designed and manufactured in Indonesia by Mitsubishi Motors.  It was unveiled on 24 July 2017 in Jakarta and launched on 10 August 2017 at the 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) in South Tangerang.  It went on sale on 3 October 2017. 

Mitsubishi Xpander became a star in the auto expo. Sales order was obtained for 11,827 unit of Mitsubishi Xpanders in GIIAS only, which is far beyond the expectations of both Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Indonesia and Mitsubishi Motors of Japan.  As of early February 2018, more than 60,000 Mitsubishi Xpanders have been ordered in Indonesia only. To meet the demands in both Indonesian market and export markets, which is expected in May 2018, the production of Mitsubishi Xpander is increased from 5,000 units per month to 10,000 units per month.

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So, what no?

Mitsubishi Motors is taking steps to roll out its highly popular Xpander minivan in all of Southeast Asia, encouraged by that brisk orders in Indonesia.

The Xpander is indeed a minivan but looks like a sport utility vehicle from the outside. Many Indonesians liken Xpander to a Transformer robots. 

Mitsubishi Xpander |
Mitsubishi Xpander |


Mitsubishi increased the production volume in October 2017, and postponed a January debut of the model in the Philippines.

Now the company is moving to start shipping the Xpander to the Philippines and Thailand this month or next. The longer-range plan is to introduce the vehicle in Malaysia and all of Southeast Asia.

The Indonesia plant also produces the Pajero Sport SUV, and its annual capacity is 160,000 units.

Mitsubishi Motors aims to boost its Southeast Asian sales by around 50% from fiscal 2016 to 310,000 in fiscal 2019.

Source : Nikkei Asian Review | | Mitsubishi Motors

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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