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CitroŽn in Indonesia

CitroŽns had been sold in Indonesia since the 1930s.  It is not clear whether these cars were supplied by the British factory in Slough or the Belgian factory in Vorst/Forest.  However, it was not until 1975 when PT Alun started building the GS and later the GSA that the company had an official presence in the country.
The GS was built in Indonesia by PT Alun, with production starting in 1975 and lasting until at least 1994 whereas in Europe, production of the GSA ceased in 1986 - almost four years after the launch of the BX.

There is very little information available about Indonesian cars.
However, the following models were built:

FAF in 1979 and 1980

GS - 1975 until 1994 (berline and break in both Club and Pallas trim)

GS Cottage 1984 - 1985

GS Chic 1986 - 1987

GS Van

GSpťcial 1989 - 1991 which, despite its name, was actually a GSA.

Since Indonesia drives on the left, the British dashboard with round instruments was fitted although the G Spťcial (being a genuine GSA) had the ‘satellites’ dashboard which was subsequently fitted to GSs too.

The model range in Indonesia is different from the European models.  As mentioned above the GS Cottage and Chic were actually GSs and not GSAs although they were fitted with the revised GSA front end.  Most of the Indonesian cars were fitted with four round headlamps. Mechanically, they were the same as European cars but air conditioning was available as option.Between 1975 and 1987, around 2800 vehicles were built - not a huge number for a thirteen year run.

The number of true GSAs is estimated to be 300.

The number of GSs produced from 1988 to 1994 is estimated to be around 400.

As Marc StabŤl, author of the definitive book on the GS says, “The information about the GSs built in Indonesia is quite confusing. There is great uncertainty about the numbers built and the time span. The CitroŽn Club Indonesia suggests that GSs were built from 1974 to 1990 by the company PT Alun. However, another source claims that the production at Alun only started in 1979. It is also claimed that the GS Van continued in production until 2004 but not by Alun. Where that happened and by whom, is not known.”

PT Alun itself creates even more confusion since they state that they built CitroŽns from 1975 to 1994. 

The company also sold the CX although it is not clear whether these were imported or assembled from CKD kits.


Publicity material from dealer CITROEN HOUSE - above the pictures show what appears to be a GSA but the car is identified as a GS - it might be a local conversion; left sales brochure for GS Break shows two vehicles with European lights and one with four round headlights; below close up of the four lights fitted to a GS Van; bottom GS Break advertisment


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