Suzuki’s APV: What good is this All Purpose Vehicle?

apv20design20concept201Suzuki has about 3 years ago started importing APV to supplement (or perhaps replace) its ailing BOLAN Van. The APV however is now being used to give direct competition to Mitsubishi’s L300 & Toyota’s Hiace Commuter Vans as well as being advertised for your ‘entire’ (read joint) family needs. Lets see what the APV is all about!

 Its price (ranging from Rs1.62million to Rs.1.675million) is perhaps its weapon of choice (as with all Suzuki models) with its competing Mitsubishi’s L300 price ranging between Rs.1.999million to Rs.2.349million & the more popular Hiace retailing between Rs.2.499million & Rs.3.199million.

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Moreover its smaller overall & engine size makes it more economical & easier to navigate on narrow inner-city roads found in all the major cities of Pakistan. Engine dispalcement of APV is 1493cc compared to L300′s 2477cc & Hiace’s 1593cc.  Overall length of APV is 4.23m much less than L300′s 4.59m (STD) & 4.81m (DX). Although both claim a min. turning radius of 4.9m APV can even part where L300 won’t (even with bumpers removed).

Fuel tank of L300 is slightly bigger 55L compared with APV’s 47L so is the seating capacity (L300:12; APV:8) but the size of fuel tank does not come as an advantage while within the urban areas & in Pakistan seating capacity is hardly what is written in the brochure.

The only thing the car isn’t good for is what it is actually advertised for: accomodating large-joint families because Suzuki’s own BOLAN beats APV in all categories (price, fuel efficiency & mobility) except comfort. But when the whole family travels together who needs comfort; all we need is to get wherever we are going fast to avoid verbal skirmishes.

Porsche’s (mis)adventure in Pakistan’s market!?

porschePorsche Pakistan was launched by Autotechnik  Pvt. Ltd. in 2005 with the establishment of Porsche Centre Lahore. Autotechnik is the exclusive importer of Porsche cars in Pakistan.

normalAfter changing two locations & opening/closing a service centre the company seems to have shut down its operations temporarily. The reasons purpotedly include a clash between partners & a ‘fall-out’ with the parent company in Germany.

cayman-sToday the contact numbers given by Autotechnik website are 0425872871 & 042-5872875 while the Porsche International Website (incidentally linked on Porsche Pakistan website gives the same as (Sales) 111-777-911 & (Service) 111-888-911. I’m confused but what is more confusing is that none of them is being attended.

cayenne-turboNevertheless the cars that are being sold are being sold at these proces (as er Porsche-Pakistan.com website:

www.porsche-pakistan.com

Boxster Rs.6.483m                     Boxster S Rs.7.502m

Cayman Rs.6.977m                   Cayman S Rs.7.908m

Cayenne Rs.7.003m                 Cayenne S Rs.9.082m                        

Cayenne GTS Rs.10.018m      Cayenne Turbo Rs.14.213m

Unfortunately the classic 911 & the superfast Panamera range are not available in Lahore but you can get one from Middle East importers.

The convertible Boxster has a top speed of 258kph (standard) & 272kph (S-type) while Cayman & Cayman S have almost identical topspeed but with a fixed roof.

Until the sales start once more you can try checking out the porsche international website http://www.porsche.com for any further updates.

Where to buy your car from?

This post is not about giving you the addresses of the car dealers or showrooms but it merely gives you some tips about who to buy from & who not to.

Scenario 1: Where to Buy? Authorized Dealer vs Large Showroom

In context of which shop to buy from you can decide either to purchase from the authorized dealriship of the automobile’s assembler / importer OR you can buy from a wide array of large showrooms found in all major cities that purchase in bulk / import for resale. Advantage of authorized dealership is their guarantee to fix any aftersale problems while the large private showrooms provide ceratin models available exclusively through them.

Scenario 2: Where to Buy? Lease from Bank vs Pay Cash

The second scenario regarding where to buy involves deciding whether to lease a bigger, better car from a financial institution or purchasse on cash a smaller more ‘cosy’ car. Advantages of leasing discussed in earlier posts include ability to switch cars upon completion of repayment schedule & not having to worry about maintainence & repairs. On the other hand the ‘expensiveness’  of such a purchase and continous monthly cash outlays for repayment/running are reduced in cash payment approach.

Scenario 3: Where to Buy? New vs Second Hand

Yet another where to buy scenario arises whenyou must decide whether to purchase a new car or a second hand one. Again it depends not just on your budget but also on your requirements. If you need a family car & don’t have enough cash go for a ‘re-conditioned’ second hand car. Otherwise it is mostly adviseable to buy new car so that it requires less expense to run & maintain.

Scenario 4: Where to Buy? New Local vs New Import

Last but not the least is the big question whether to buy a local newbie or go for an exotic import. This is not only a case of personal taste but as we know in Pakistan it may become a case of ‘durability’ as well. My experience says that a foreign-assembled car (especially Japanese) runs with a lot less hiccups than a local-assembled car (even of same brand). Let your experience be your guide in this case.