JAKARTA – The recent history of Indonesia's automotive industry can be summed up in seven words: from famine to feast in five years. The economic crisis of 1998 hammered Southeast Asia's largest and most populous country. Vehicle sales plummeted to 58,303 that year from a record high of 386,691 in 1997, and auto makers were operating at one-third capacity or less. Vehicle sales beginning to increase. Today, things are looking up. The tsunami that hit Dec. 26 was basically a local ...

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