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Global auto giants exploring investment options in Pakistan

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  1. Muhammad Omar

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    The news that Volkswagen is exploring options to enter the Pakistani market has excited car enthusiasts who are tired of high prices and limited choices.

    “I think it is a great idea because Volkswagen cars are value for money and reliability,” said Romano Karim, a fan of the classic Volkswagen Beetles from the 60s and 70s that can often be seen on Pakistan’s roads.

    An article by AFP published in Khaleej Times and Gulf News quoted Haji Mohammed Shahzad, chairman of All Pakistan Motor Dealers Association, as saying that having Volkswagen in the market would help drive costs down. He said the monopoly of auto-manufacturers in Pakistan could be broken if Volkswagen produces at least 20,000-25,000 cars annually.

    The global auto giants are attracted by Pakistan’s booming economy, which the International Monetary Fund predicts will grow by 4.5 per cent in the next financial year.

    “The investors’ confidence in the medium-sized economy of $232 billion has improved since a new business-friendly government led by Nawaz Sharif took power in 2013, with Karachi’s share market among the world’s top 10 performers in the past year,” the article said.

    Pakistan’s car market has been dominated by Japanese automakers for decades, but a mini-economic revival looks set to attract new players from Europe and Korea into the mix. Toyota, Suzuki and Honda car assembly plants already work round the clock in Karachi and Lahore – yet customers can still wait for up to four months for new vehicles to be delivered.

    “Now demand for cars in the country is accelerating even more quickly, as economic growth has reached its fastest pace since 2008 while renewed investor confidence and easing inflation have spurred consumer spending,” the article added.

    Keen to cash in, a delegation from German auto giant Volkswagen visited the country in recent weeks, according to Pakistani officials and German diplomats.

    Miftah Ismail, the chairman of Pakistan Board of Investment, who took part in the talks, said Volkswagen was not the only company expressing interest.

    “There are a number of other companies from (South) Korea and Europe that we are talking to who are thinking of setting up assembly plants in Pakistan,” he said, without naming the firms.

    The US and European cars dominated Pakistan’s roads in the early years after it gained independence from Britain in 1947. But fuel prices made their compact, efficient Japanese rivals more popular and from the 1960s onwards manufacturers like Toyota, Suzuki and Honda gained a stranglehold on the market. Italy’s Fiat made a brief foray in the 1990s, while South Korea’s Hyundai as well as Daewoo-owned Chevrolet tried – and failed – to gain a foothold in the 2000s before the financial crisis forced them to exit.

    The country is also undergoing a major construction boom driven by Chinese investment after President Xi Jinping visited Islamabad in April to unveil a $46 billion investment plan known as the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

    Car sales have also boomed thanks to the growth of car leasing and financing facilities. Sales in the 11 months to May this year rose 30 per cent from a year earlier, according to Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association.

    Baber Kaleem Khan, editor of PakWheels.com magazine, said Volkswagen would be well poised to tap into the lower to mid-range market.
     
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    VW is more than welcome if the automobile mafia will let them in.
     
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    For once completely finish the overly priced Honda, Toyota, and Suzuki car, bike & truck monopoly in Pakistan !!!!
     
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    I find it so hilarious that we can build aerial combat drones on our own but can't make a car. Clearly the will to reform the auto market by the government is not there. Audi or Volkswagen will only enter Pakistan's market when the market has a level playing field.
     
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    business goes after money and if govt protects business malpractices and monopolies where business and industry makes unchecked profits then why would they spend money on making something.
     
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    Under current auto policy, if the new players come, they will become part of the cartel that assemblers of cars in Pakistan are, with cheap quality and international prices.
     
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    German cars are tough and last long.
     
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    So far the army is not interested in operating a large fleet of indigenous technicals

    Like all European cars their indicators are on the wrong side :sad:
     
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    Building the vehicle and chassis etc is not hard (like our drones), its designing the engine which makes it tough.
    The government does not care at all about indigenous engines, its not that difficult, we just need the materials and facility. In today's age a group of engineers can easily design a small low compression engine, the quality will make the reliability. And after that we can work off the engine into many different fields and versions. There are extremely small companies who have been designing proper engines for decades, the other option would be to buy one.
     
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    pakistan should buy Tata and Mahindra. They are build for South Asian roads/climate.
     
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    VW has a larger scope in Pakistan
     
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    Honda Accod is 11 million in pakistan. VW is going to be costly than that. I am not too sure people can afford.
     
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    And we wouldn't expect an indian to say anything else :azn: