In our series of car cultures around the world/international street scenes, after Morocco, Africa, Monaco, Europe and Nagoya, Japan, we’ll stay in Asia for a bit to observe the car culture of Bali, the Indonesian “Bounty Island”. The streets of Bali are actually flooded with small motorbikes, but I’ve still managed to find a few cars among those thousands of bikes. Don’t forget to check out my videos at the bottom of the page!
And then I noticed that the Balinese are very single minded when it comes to their cars, as there’s not a lot of variation on the road. If I had to estimate, I’d say that 80% of the cars on the island are within a handful of models, which are the Toyota Avanza and its clone Daihatsu Xenia (4 out of 10 cars are one of these two), Toyota Kijang Innova, Suzuki APV, Daihatsu Gran Max in both the Luxio MPV version as the utilitarian and pick-up versions, Toyota Ayla minicar and its clone Daihatsu Agya, and Toyota Vios, which is the standard taxi in Bali. [Read more…]