JAKARTA— The Association of Indonesia Automotive Industry (GAIKINDO) opted Makassar City (South Sulawesi) to start the series of car exhibition GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2016. The kick-off in Makassar will be made on 18 May through 22 May 2016, bringing a new concept in a new venue.
Mr Kukuh Kumara, Secretary General of GAIKINDO, said in mid April 2016 in Jakarta that Makassar locals’ enthusiasm in welcoming last year’s GIIAS has become a measure for GAIKINDO to start the car exhibition this year in the city. Makassar is the largest city in the eastern part of Indonesia. It has an ever-growing potential, where transportation becomes an important aspect.
South Sulawesi Province nowadays also comes to one of domestic top ten markets. Makassar, the province capital, has become a city with significant potential to play a role in developing the national car market. “We need to preserve a special opportunity to people in Makassar to enjoy various new car models with high and fresh technology that industry can produce right from the beginning of this year’s exhibition series,” said Mr Kukuh.
GIIAS Makassar Auto Show 2016 will take place in a new venue, at Four Points by Sheraton, Jalan Landak Baru No 130, Makassar. It is located at the heart of the city and in the middle of traffic veins. It is also close to a line of the biggest shopping centres and governmental offices. Thus, Four Points is easy for visitors— particularly those who have been waiting for the event— to reach.
With total showcasing area of 6,350 square meters and parking area of 40,000 square meters to accommodate some 1,500 cars, Four Points is the perfect venue for GIIAS Makassar Auto Show 2016. The entire showcasing area in its ground floor will be utilised. It comprises four areas— Golden Lily ballroom, Persik ballroom, Pre function, and outdoor area of Four Points.
So far, 16 brands (APMs) have claimed to be eager to take part in the event. They are 13 passenger cars (Chevrolet, Chrysler, Daihatsu, Datsun, Honda, Jeep, KIA, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Renault, Suzuki, and Toyota). Meanwhile, three participants from commercial cars include UD Truck, Mitsubishi Fuso, and Tata Motors.
Apart from new models, visitors will be able to watch new products of Yamaha motorbike and car accessories— audio, window films, car wash, leather seat.
GIIAS Makassar Auto Show 2016 will also utilise some 2,000 square meters area in Four Points for community gatherings, entertainments, and car attraction (test drive arena).
After Makassar, GAIKINDO will continue 2016 exhibition series to Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) City, where GIIAS the biggest auto show in Southeast Asia will take place from 11 through 21 August 2016. Surabaya will close the entire series in 28 September through 2 October 2016. (*)
18 – 22 May 2016
Four Points by Sheraton, Makassar
GIIAS 2016 (BSD City)
11 – 21 August 2016
Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) BSD City
28 September – 2 October 2016
Grand City Surabaya.