Nissan And Renault Discussed Plans To Launch New Cars In Pakistan

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Few weeks ago, there was a news about Nissan showing interest in reviving itself in Pakistani domestic car market (you can read about the story here). In the latest update of the story, officials of Nissan and Renault met with the officials from Board of Investment and Engineering Development Board in a meeting to discuss the plan of introducing new vehicles by Nissan and Renault in Pakistan, after the implementation of new auto policy. The meeting took place in Karachi.

Many would already know that Nissan and Renault are partners and hold shares in each others companies. Their Pakistani partner, Ghandhara Nissan Limited, was also present at the meeting where delegation from Nissan and Renault briefed officials from BoI and EDB about their plans to localize CKD (complete knock down) operations.

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Other points of the meeting were benefits this investment by Nissan and Renault will provide to Pakistan’s economy and its local vendor industry.

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Source: Dawn

  • Atif

    This is a good step. now everything depends on the upcoming auto policy which will be a reflection of the government’s attitude towards consumers. Previous auto policies have favored existing assemblers and blocked investment by new players and did not enforce any quality or safety standards. Government must reduce localization requirements at start and allow import of SKD’s and MKD’s to facilitate three potential entrants Nissan-Renault, Volkswagen, and General motors.

    We are in dire need of new options. Paksuzuki, the largest assembler in the country,is selling obsolete vehicles (Mehran, Bolan, Ravi, Liana, Cultus and even Swift) that are not manufactured or sold anywhere else in the world. They do not replace models even after thirty years causing technological stagnation of the local industry. The Mehran was discontinued in Japan and the Europe in late 1980s. Similarly, the bolan/ravi platform is based on ancient late 1970s/early 1980s suzuki carry. Gaining competency in assembling obsolete vehicles has zero export potential.

    It will be highly unfair to consumers if government (like previously) favors Paksuzuki and blocks entry of Nissan-Renault, Volkswagen, and General Motors. Competition must be encouraged – it will benefit both consumers and will also help Pakistan in exporting vehicles (in last financial year Pakistan exported 0 passenger vehicles)

    We should be no longer be a obsolete junk dumping ground for Suzuki Japan.

  • Muhammad Abdullah

    It looks like they have been noticing the increase in imports and I, personally, think that this auto policy will favour us.

  • Rahatullah Mallick

    now lets see where this goes, Im still waiting for VW here though

  • farok sayer

    Its a good step .The pakistani market is monopolised by toyota , suzuki and honda who are giving junk cars to the consumer at highly inflated prices.AND on top of that u have to wait 5 months to take delivery of a corolla?? welcome to Pakistan.I think custom duties should be reduced and all these robbers can go home.

  • Anti-Paksuzuki

    Good news , I hope it materializes. Right now Pakistan’s do not have any option in small cars (new) other than Paksuzuki line up which is globally obsolete designs and technology from 1980s.. Paksuzuki vehicles – bolan, ravi, mehran, cultus are sold in any other countries.

  • Sanjay Natarajan

    The most awaited Renault Kwid has been launched in India with the prices starting as low as 2.52 lakh INR, undercutting the segment leader Alto 800 by a hefty 25000 bucks variant-to-variant. The top variant costs around 3.5 lakh INR which poses a serious threat to the alto 800.
    Lets see if Renault-Nissan takes some bold steps by launching the same in Pakistan too with the killer pricing!!!

  • Sanjay Natarajan

    The most awaited Renault Kwid has been launched in India with the prices starting as low as 2.52 lakh INR, undercutting the segment leader Alto 800 by a hefty 25000 bucks variant-to-variant. The top variant costs around 3.5 lakh INR which poses a serious threat to the alto 800.

    Lets see if Renault-Nissan takes some bold steps by launching the same in Pakistan too with the killer pricing!!!

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