Top New Cars Launching in Pakistan in 2018


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Auto industry of Pakistan is entering in the new era of modern, functional and high quality vehicles. New auto policy by the Government has attracted old as well as new manufacturers in the country. Take a quick look below on top new cars that are expected to launch this year in Pakistan.

KIA

KIA is going to launch 4 new vehicles from small to large size. KIA’s vehicles line up include Picanto, Rio, Sportage and Carnival. Picanto is  a small hatchback but its smart design has made its interior most spacious in its class.

KIA Rio comes in both Sedan and hatchback versions but it is yet to see what would we have in Pakistan. KIA Rio 2018 model is expected to having a price tag in the neighborhood of PKR 2 million.

KIA Sportage is one of my favorite due to its design aesthetics specially the front look. I can safely say this could cost around 3.5 million rupees and it will be way better than 2.8 million rupees Honda Civic.

KIA Carnival an 11 seater MPV has a great opportunity in the Pakistani market as Suzuki APV is not meeting the demands of larger families, rental and travel agencies.

Hyundai

Hyundai is a parent company of KIA and is also a strong competitor. Both companies will also compete head-to-head in Pakistani market as Hyundai is also expected to launch 4 new vehicles. Take a look below:

Hyundai Elantra

A full sedan that will directly compete with existing market leaders; Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. This car will cost around 2 million rupees to Pakistani consumers.

Hyundai Verna

A compact Sedan to compete with one of the favorite cars of Pakistan, Honda City and it is also priced in the same range. A superior mileage of 17.70kmpl to 15.92kmpl depending on the variant is going to give a tough time to local legend.

Hyundai Tuscon

The four-door automatic transmission Tucson runs 10-13 kmpl. We need such crossovers in the market as currently Pakistani consumers are fan of imported Vezel.

Hyundai Creta

Last but not least another crossover is expected from Hyundai which is relatively a smaller crossover and expected to have a price tag around 2 million rupees. I wonder if this one is directly aimed at the ladies.

Renault

Renault is joining hands with Al-Futtaim, formally reported to build up its mechanical production system in Pakistan in 2018. Renault expected to launch Duster in Pakistan a small crossover and reasonably priced.

Renault Duster

Duster with its 1460 cc motor, gives an astounding mileage of around 20 kms for each liter.

South Korean Vehicle Manufacturer KIA Returning to Pakistan


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For the car enthusiasts, we have a great news that the recent auto policy change has cleared all the hurdles in the path of new entrants of auto manufacturers. Dynamics of the market are changed and users are also looking for more value for the money they spend to buy a car. Since the Govt. has forcefully turned the tables against the monopoly of the three major manufacturers we are seeing new entries and returning of old players in Auto industry of Pakistan.

KIA, the South Korean manufacturer once assembling vehicles in Pakistan had left the market due to instability and weak auto policy, has announced it would start assembling cars in a joint venture with Karachi-listed Lucky Cement, part of the vast conglomerate Yunus Brothers Group. Below are three KIA cars spotted in Pakistan.

The Government now wish to increase competition in Auto industry to bring down the high prices of the vehicles by offering the generous import duties. This will also make the market competitive and buyers will get better features for the price they will pay. With the new auto policy it is expected that the per year sale of the cars in the country will also increase.

Lahore Shopping Festival. And Classic CARS!


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Rolls Royce 1965

Expect the Rolls Royce 1965 at the Car Rally

One of the better things coming out of the Lahore Chambers of Commerce is the decision to organize the Lahore Shopping Festival.

It has a lot of things covered it seems. And there is something for car lovers as well.

The Lahore Shopping Festival will start from the 4rd of April 2011, and will go on for about one week, ending on the 10th of April 2011.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • A Polo Tournament at the 125-year-old Lahore Polo Club
  • A Qirat competition on April 5th. The winner of the competition will be awarded PKR 100,000 and an Umra ticket (cool, no?)
  • A Classic Car Rally on April 6th, starting from Siddique Trade Center to Liberty Chowk. Around 50 cars dating from 1920 to 1965 will take part.
  • Young Entrepreneurs’ Business Plan competition will be held at 90 The Mall on the same day i.e. April 6th. (Wonder what the first prize for this competition would be!?!)
  • A Musical Evening at Raiwand Road
  • A Peace Walk on April 7th, from Lahore Chambers of Commerce to Alhamra Hall (Mall Road), at 10:30 AM.
  • A Photography Competition would be held at the Tollinton Market Hall.
  • Lahore Wrestling Competition will be held at the Punjab Wrestling Stadium on April 8th.
  • On the same day (April 8th), a two-day Punjab Expo would start at the remarkably built Lahore Expo Center, where trader and manufacturers would showcase their products at discounted rates.
  • Also on the same day (April 8th), a rally of heavy bikes would be organized, from Lahore Chambers of Commerce and Industry offices to the Lahore Expo Center.
  • A Fashion Show will be help on April 8th at 8:00 PM at The Royal Palm.
  • A Conference on Investment Opportunities will be held at the Lahore Expo Auditorium on April 9th.  A must-attend for would-be entrepreneurs and businessmen.
  • A Cycle Race from the LCCI offices to the Lahore Expo Center would be help on April 10th.

OK, so I don’t know about you, but a lot of things are happening here; Cars, bikes, cycles, business opportunities and even wrestling and fashion shows! Don’t know about you, but it sure presents ample opportunity for many of us to be entertained, get educated and stay interested!

CarAdvice – some important updates


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Car Advice Car Magazine Pakistan

Car Advice Pakistan

A lot has been happening in the Pakistani auto market. This post is not about that.

This post is about the future direction of CarAdvice.pk as a blog and as a magazine site for Car enthusiasts from all over Pakistan.

A new wave of inspiration and some plans have convinced me that we can inshAllah take CarAdvice a lot further and put out some great content that is not helpful but also entertaining.

I am planning video reviews for a number of cars. InshAllah you will soon see the Honda Civic reviewed inside out…

I am also hoping that you would continue with your support and feedback and interaction – the interaction in the form of comments on this website is what makes all of this useful.

Thank you for your interest and interaction – this is what makes this website useful for all of us. JazaakAllah and thank you again!

I have been writing a few posts/article over at Life ETC, and while writing on setting goals and helping people out, I realized that the CarAdvice blog is a great way to do just that. I know, when you think of ‘helping someone out’, no one is really thinking of helping people out in deciding which vehicle to buy or how to maintain their cars. But I also realized how confident I felt when I bought my first firearm after reading authentic reviews on forums like PakGuns – I was and am very thankful to people who take the time out to give valuable advice based on experience and good-ol hard work. I want the same for CarAdvice. And I hope that you keep advising me on how to do that even better.

Thank you and God bless,

This is Momekh, signing off. 🙂

Importing cars to Pakistan


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Toyota Vitz Imported

Import of 5 year old cars to Pakistan is now allowed...

I have imported a Honda Accord CF3 directly from Japan. This was in 2007. It was a great car, and is the best one I have owned (I have not owned many high-end cars, not yet at least! 😉 ) … I have other goals for life etc for the time being.

The reason CarAdvice.pk have had a few posts on the import of cars to Pakistan is because of the recent politically-driven bill of allowing import of 5 year old cars into Pakistan. And what do you know, the government has finally re-considered and have now allowed the import of 5 year old cars into Pakistan.

Now, the ‘automobile industry’ of Pakistan, as expected does not like this:

The Pakistan Automobile Manufacturers Association (PAMA) and Pakistan Association of Auto Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM), the assemblers of cars and the auto parts vendors, have expressed dismay over the government decision to allow import of up to five-year-old cars that would retard the gradual growth the auto sector was witnessing after two years of turmoil.

I have mentioned why this decision is GOOD for the consumer here.

But, as mentioned in The News (a daily newspaper), there is a rationale behind the recent decision to allow the import of 5-year-old cars:

The cabinet has finally taken a good decision to allow the import of five-year-old cars. The lack of competition in the market, owing to its small size and absence of economies of scale, make the car assemblers make money at the cost of ordinary people by increasing prices whenever the Japanese yen rises or the rupee falls. Ideally, we should have a developed car industry but it can not develop in a country with a small market size. To put it in perspective, China produced more than 13 million cars in 2009, Japan almost eight million and the USA around six million, compared to a little over 100,000 in Pakistan.

It would be foolish to expect the car assemblers in Pakistan not to raise prices when the yen rises or the Rupee falls further, because most of the car components for assembly are imported from Japan. However, if the size of the car market increases, there would be greater need for spare parts and Pakistan can make good-quality car parts, which could also be exported. Later on, if the numbers of cars sold in the country passes a certain threshold; we can also make good-quality cars. Until then the focus should be on increasing the market size and bringing cars within the reach of the ordinary people.

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So, do you guys think that this is a good decision? I know I am happy because I don’t want to pay 2.0 million rupees for a 1.8 sedan when I can pay less for a four-by-four. Let’s hear your comments people!!!

Govt to allow import of 5 year old cars


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Finally, some hope. Govt might allow import of 5 year old cars (up to 1300 CC) and heavy vehicles.

As you know, I am a thing or two to say about the import restrictions on cars and how that has given birth to a mafia of big industrial players. They control the prices and cars like a Toyota Corolla cost as much as 2.0 million rupees! Unbelievable. But that is not all, import restriction on tractors and trucks and buses is also in effect, giving chance to companies like Messi Ferguson to give tractor deliveries with a 3 month wait period.

Auto Industry of Pakistan

The ever-grinning Auto Industry of Pakistan just might get a scare.


The automobile mafia in Pakistan should get a light jolt with this one. Should. If the ECC recommendation gets approved.

Let’s hope that someone with a conscious is handling this. God bless us all.

Suzuki Swift 2010 in Pakistan


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It has been a long time coming. As you are aware, we have been hoping for the Swift to be brought to Pakistan for some time now. Suzuki did what any sensible company should have done and brought a jawdropper to the market. Yes, it is three years late, but aren’t we all? :/

Anyways, the car is lovely, as you can see the pictures 0f the Swift here. And one thing of note is that it comes only in one trim and has no CNG, and that is good as there is hardly any CNG to go around. I hear that CNG owners are probably going to convert their stations into marriage halls, available for rent. If governments make profits from Rental Power, maybe they can make money from Rentals also. Before I get too political, know that the new Suzuki Swift is priced at a cool 1 million rupees. Therefore it is probably not targeted at the Cultus market (Cultus being, frankly, a shit car).

The new Swift obviously is a fun car to see (and according to the Swift reviews, a fun car to drive as well).

The car is priced at PKR 1,000,000/-. (They are pricing it like a Bata shoe – Rs 999,000!)

Leasing the Suzuki Swift in Pakistan

So if you lease your Suzuki Swift with a 20% down, you end up paying to the tune of Rs 24,000 per month. If you can manage up to half the price as down-payment (PKR 500,000), then the per month installment (including the insurance) comes to around a more bearable 16,000 per month.

P.S. If any of you are interested in leasing out this car, do sign up on our soon to be released Leasing section.

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


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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!?


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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?


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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.