Tremors From Indonesia's Timor

Indonesia may outfox rivals of its national car but hurt free trade

Just outside Jakarta's international airport lies a huge parking lot filled to overflowing with new yellow, red, and black sedans, all of their trunks stamped with the brand name of Indonesia's national car, the Timor. The government set up the national car program a year ago to create a home auto industry. But in an ironic twist, the Timors aren't made in Indonesia: They roll off the assembly lines of Kia Motors, a South Korean manufacturer, which then sells them to a company run by President Suharto's son Tommy.

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