So Who Is Going To Buy The ‘Supreme Kizashi’?

Suzuki Kizashi Officially Launched in Pakistan 33

How would you react if you found out that someone dear to you just bought home the ‘Supreme Kizashi’. Yes, Pak Suzuki is calling it the ‘Supreme Leader’ of their vehicle portfolio.

The Supreme Leader a.k.a Kizashi has been received pretty well around the world and even though the company had to fold operations from countries such as the US. There was little to nothing to blame the Kizashi rather its dealership networks. However, in Pakistan, it’s a different story altogether.

The ‘Supreme Leader’ has been forgotten into the turbulence that follows the reputation of Pak Suzuki. It is brutal. All the comments in our coverage of the launch event didn’t talk about the car but instead, the price and how irrelevant it is in that price, and Pak Suzuki has the guts to ask that price for a damn Suzuki. Bros be mad out there!

When the Swift was introduced in Pakistan, it is a hot hatch which has been received as one of the best hot hatches globally. But couple that with Pak Suzuki’s reputation and the price, the car never got the attention it deserved.

So what about the ‘Supreme Leader’? The Kizashi’s main antagonists are the Honda Accord and Camry and both are more than 100 percent expensive than the Kizashi. (5,500,000*100%=5,500,000) Though it lacks the flair and Pakistani love for everything Honda and Toyota; Suzuki meanwhile is a necessity for us.

Honda Accord is priced at a staggering 10,650,000 rupees which is excluding withholding tax and the Toyota Camry is priced at a bonkers 10,949,000 rupees. In that money, a rich person can buy the Kizashi for daily chores, like a middle-class family buys a Mehran or some other eco-box, and an Audi A4, BMW 3 Series or a Mercedes C Class for stuff like going to weddings or being a playboy like the middle-class man buys the GLi or Altis.

We said GLi (Corolla) instead of the Civic because the new Civic is a dull shine of hope and exclusivity which this Civic has been unable to cash anywhere in the world.

You would still be able to save a lot of money for fuel or millions worth of options on the German saloons.

Better Call Saul (Remember Saul from Breaking Bad) just debuted and you know what car he drives? Suzuki Baleno which was known as ‘Esteem’ in the US. It is the most ridiculous car Americans were ever introduced to but since Baleno was cheaper than any sedan by Toyota and Honda, it was fairly successful. However, the Esteem was an inspired choice for Saul. Here’s what the show’s writers had to say:

In its sorry state, Jimmy’s Esteem (pun very much intended by Saul’s producers) is more a reflection of its owner’s unrealized potential, and throughout the pilot, this stubborn survivor of Jimmy’s tragicomic misfortune, including a smashed windshield thanks to some scheming skateboarders, becomes not only a visual metaphor for McGill/Goodman, but a character of its own.

If there’s a job of automotive casting director, these guys just rock at it because the Pontiac Aztek was the single most depressing car ever made but the show turned it into an icon.

Mehran similarly is a terrible car but given Pakistan’s exposure to it, it is an icon now.

Unlike the Aztek, Mehran and Baleno which were terrible cars, the Kizashi is not a bad car, but today, you can buy a lot better cars in that money.

Baber K. Khan

An auto enthusiast trying to bring car media mainstream.

  • Fahad Mehmood

    We’ve seen people here who spend and buy stuff just to make the relatives and friends realize the fact that they can afford anything. So here we go, we have some potential buyers in our society.

  • Junaid Ashraf

    if it was launched as a rival to civic then it must have done the job for 2.5 million

  • Me

    Wo will buy a Suzuki for 5 million? Seriously. I would rather buy an Audi and feel I actually own luxury!

  • Ali

    How are these prices decided? How much would it cost to import a Kizashi from Japan?

  • Ali

    at 87000 Dhs its half as expensive in UAE

  • Syed Shabib Haider

    It is Suzuki’s answer to the Camry and the Accord, not a 1.8 Civic. And whatever anybody says, this car is definitely worth more than 2.5 million! -_-

  • MR

    The same people who buy Accord and Camry for 10 million PKR

  • Nzaar

    Baber dear, 100% cheaper means it costs zero. You mean 50% cheaper.

  • Sohaib Ahmed

    just because Pakistan have 200% duty on importing cars -_-

  • Sohaib Ahmed

    It’s not a rival to Civic.. it’s meant to be a luxury car like accord, Lexus lx, Audi etc… and tbh.. it is cheaper than these mentioned cars!

  • Sohaib Ahmed

    One can buy Prado or used Lexus lx or even Audi in this price!!

  • Sabeeh Ur Rehman Tariq

    Cuz to hell with logic……………… -_-

  • Rosh

    thanks suzuki; i am sure this will help to shut down suzuki…. and thrown away out of country……worst car maker ever.

  • Fahad Mehmood

    My friend, you need to review your comment with a calculator in the other hand.

  • Farhan

    Another failed product worldwide has been put for Poor Pakistani people…. It is a flop world over.

    http://www.carwale.com/m/news/11686-suzuki-kizashi-may-not-have-a-future-in-the-global-market.html

  • Ammar Mehmood

    PS will be eyeing the corporate buyers with this car. Right now the big corporates can only get very expensive second hand cars for their top execs, which even on installments/bank lease cost a lot more than new cars. This will cover that gap as it would be a new car with service, warranty and easy installment options available, everything with a big corporation needs for their holy top execs. Other than that no one will go for it with their own money

  • Abdullah

    What should be appreciated is that Suzuki is bringing it’s better products in Pakistan… I mean they introduced world’s finest heavy bikes and now Kizashi so it does deserve some appreciation! Our problem is that we are in love to criticize anything without even having a go or feel for it..

  • Asad Malik

    You talk like a paksuzuki rep.Hayabusa for 25 lakhs which is available for 15 lakhs around the globe?Intruder 1 million globally and 1.6 million here.Inazuma 750,000(pakistan) and 360000(india and yes its wrt to pkr).You think we are straw brained idiots that we cannot comprehend what paksuzuki is doing here?Importing CBU’s and thus incurring heavy duties whereas local production would rend them much much cheaper?We dont care about paksuzuki,it is responsible for technology stagnation in Pakistan with its decades old mehran,bolan an cultus yes cultus for freaking 12+years(hats off paksuzuki).Top of the line variant of Kizashi was priced at 29 lakh pkr here its is the stripped down version for 50 lakhs?I am sorry to say your statement can be regarded as trolling of paksuzki rep an holds no value among the common people of Pakistan.They only care for profits and not consumers.

  • Asad Malik

    CBU cars,local production would have resulted in competitive price

  • Asad Malik

    The car’s worth is not more than 2.4-6 million.The variant was being sold in usa for 25lakhs an was being locally produced.Local prouction would reduce price considerably but paksuzuki wont o that,maybe because its a niche market product.There is no demand in Pakistan for a 2.4 liter car.

  • Baber

    5,500,000*100%=5,500,000
    5,500,000*50%=2,750,000

    So add 5,500,000 into Kizashi’s price of 5,500,000 and you’ll get Camry and/or Accord’s price. That is how Accord is 100% expensive to Kizashi.

    But thank you, I’ve changed the sentence structure.

  • thankyou pak suzuki for 0.7 million classic vintage Mehran,
    appreciate them for giving pakistan suzuki swift V series engine which eats petrol like hummer, where as internationally this engine has been discontinued and replaced with K series,
    we should love pak suzuki for introducing a 0.9 million wagor R without air condition.

  • wasted youth

    Well, Pak Suzuki just created the joke of a life time by saying that Kizashi is comparable to Accord and Camry. Seriously, senseless excuse….

  • wasted youth

    Now an interesting fact is that one can import Kizashi from Japan in the range of 3 million instead of buying from Pak Suzuki as most of Prius are on the roads. Similarly one can import an Accord or Camry in the same price range rather than buying from Honda or Toyota. One just needs to use one’s brain if one have it.

  • wasted youth

    The fact remains, big corporations only use Toyota or BMW for their top execs. And easy installments…. Good joke. How many banks offer leasing of luxury cars like Camry, Accord, BMW Mercedes etc.?

  • wasted youth

    Well those who buy Honda or Toyota will never be satisfied with junk.

  • wasted youth

    There is no local production of such luxury cars, these are officially sorted as imported vehicles.

  • wasted youth

    Look at the interior and exterior and you will realize why it is cheap. It’s the second Liana and nothing more.

  • wasted youth

    And the answer is wrong. 0/10… Kindly do some research on Kizashi….. I have posted info from wikipedia.

  • Saad Ahmed Khan

    they are probably clearing up the stock left over world wide by selling it in pakistan… people in the world have brains.. apparently no brains here it would seem

  • wasted youth

    What to say about the car Baber? It has only the price to talk about. Rest is all junk. Seriously, CVT: Altis is also available with CVT. Leather seats: Altis, Civic and City are available with leather seats. Looks,:Kizashi looks more like mark x from back and front is also somewhat similar to Suzuki SX4 (Available in India). What else? The price……!!!!!

  • wasted youth

    Here is about the car Baber:

    The Suzuki Kizashi is a mid-size car manufactured by Japanese automaker Suzuki. It was unveiled in the United States on July 30, 2009.The Kizashi went on sale in Japan on October 21, 2009, in North America on December 1, 2009, and in Australia and New Zealand on May 11, 2010. It is the first mid-size Suzuki automobile sold in the Australian market. In February 2011, the Kizashi became available to the Indian market. The car was also available on European markets.

    In December 2013, Suzuki announced that Kizashi will be gradually discontinued on global markets, and will not get a successor. In December 2014, the production of the car ceased in the Sagara plant. Despite good technical record, the car had suffered from poor market record in the context of global financial crisis and Suzuki’s withdrawal from American market in 2012. Comparatively high price and lack of available engines also contributed to the poor sale. From Wikipedia

    Now it’s enough……!!!!

  • wasted youth

    Our problem is that we don’t think before buying. Here is answer to your idealism:

    The Suzuki Kizashi is a mid-size car manufactured by Japanese automaker Suzuki. It was unveiled in the United States on July 30, 2009.The Kizashi went on sale in Japan on October 21, 2009, in North America on December 1, 2009, and in Australia and New Zealand on May 11, 2010. It is the first mid-size Suzuki automobile sold in the Australian market. In February 2011, the Kizashi became available to the Indian market. The car was also available on European markets.

    In December 2013, Suzuki announced that Kizashi will be gradually discontinued on global markets, and will not get a successor. In December 2014, the production of the car ceased in the Sagara plant. Despite good technical record, the car had suffered from poor market record in the context of global financial crisis and Suzuki’s withdrawal from American market in 2012. Comparatively high price and lack of available engines also contributed to the poor sale. From Wikipedia

  • Asad Malik

    @disqus_CMzHDsWfJu:disqus Accord,camry and kizashi are NOT luxury cars.They are normal sedans.The price factor gives them a feel of luxury cars in Pakistan.They dont fall in luxury category worldwide

  • Junaid Ashraf

    but we can buy +-2010 model of accord under 50 lacs and 2008 model mercideze bmw audi etc
    plus it would be more welcoming if they have launched ciaz instead of kizashi

  • Junaid Ashraf

    but we can buy +-2010 model of accord under 50 lacs and 2008 model mercideze bmw audi etc
    plus it would be more welcoming if they have launched ciaz instead of kizashi.

  • wasted youth

    Yes, this is what I had commented. Ciaz, SX4 and Dzire are best choices as far as Pakistani market is concerned. And ALto K10 and Celerio to replace Cultus. And Swift must be replaced with international model of Swift. These changes will make a very positive impact. Other than that, it’s all junk.

  • Ammar Mehmood

    Wow. You really have no idea what you are talking about. Lease is not dependant on bank limit it is dependant on the lessee finances. Big corporate buyers might go for it sb they don’t like to pay lump sum amounts. They prefer installments. If P$ comes up with a good strategy they will get buyers from the top shelf. You can’t compare it with a corolla or civic, this is a mid sized car. It’s a lame car but it’s a different league. May be P$ is finishing their inventory but they can sell it if they give out good options.

  • wasted youth

    By Toyota, I didn’t mean corolla. Toyota has other luxury models like Camry, Crown Mark X, Land Cruiser, Prado, Tundra etc. And regarding bank lease, well if one is going for lease than one will still prefer Toyota, BMW etc as there will be no big difference in leasing options (Installments) between Kazashi and said brands or will be a very minute difference. Rest is all about choice. If one wants to buy this car, he/she is free to buy. Well to conclude, this is Pakistan: # guinea pig , where all big capitalists exploit it.

  • Junaid Ashraf

    yup

  • ahmad shinwari

    I brought it.if u r giving 5million there will be some thing special in it. this car really rocks.

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