It has come to our knowledge that Government of Japan is donating Toyota Prius to Pakistan’s National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP). There was news circulating about the news on social media, but after inquiring about the confirmation, one of our sources told us that he has actually seen the potential police cars in Islamabad.
The exact number of cars is not yet confirmed, but the reported number is between 130 to 135 cars. The cars will be divided between National Highways & Motorway Police, and other governmental ministries. Cars will be imported by Toyota Indus Motors and will be brand new. Current National Highway and Motorway patrolling cars include Toyota Corolla and Toyota Prado. Toyota Hiace has also been under use for various purposes.
Considering the lower fuel costs of running these cars, it could be a good decision to shift to hybrid cars. It will lessen the dent on pockets of tax payers. But argument on the other side is that repairing costs of these cars will relatively higher than your normal Toyota Corolla patrolling car. And its a possibility that these new hybrid patrolling cars might end up being more expensive in the longer run than the Corolla. For now, we can’t exactly predict how this decision is going to impact Pakistan exchequer.
Also it is unclear whether these new cars will be added to the current car pool, or will be replacing the older patrolling cars.
The donation is in bid to support hybrid car industry and import in Pakistan. Toyota Prius is already a house-hold name across Pakistan. We will keep our readers up to date as soon as we hear anything new regarding this news. Thanks to All New Toyota Corolla 2014 Facebook page for the photos.