In 1930, the firm was renamed “N.V. General Motors Java Handel Maatschappij.” Cars from their Jakarta manufacturing unit had been exported all throughout the area. After having been requisitioned by the Netherlands East Indies authorities in 1941, on 9 March 1942 all machines and tools was destroyed to avoid it falling into the hands of the approaching Japanese. Two weeks later the Japanese occupied the plant and interred all foreigners; on 31 December General Motors wrote off the whole enterprise. The plant was taken over by Toyota, and was used to assemble vehicles for the navy. Volkswagen and their native partner PT Garuda Mataram was a significant player until the mid-1970s however gross sales dropped precipitously in the latter half of the last decade. In 1970, Volkswagen entered into a collaboration with Mercedes-Benz Distribution Indonesia to arrange a producing line in Tanjung Priok, Jakarta.
- Indonesia is the second-largest automobile manufacturing