PAPS 2019 Highlights: New cars, exciting stalls and huge participation


PAAPAM’s three-day Pakistan Auto Parts Show (PAPS) 2019 enthralled the audiences at Karachi’s Expo Center as thousands participated in one of Pakistan’s biggest events for the automotive industry. Apart from the new cars which were displayed at the auto show, we came across different stalls where customers participated in huge numbers.

The PAPS 2019 event welcomed new entrants by providing them with a platform to show their mettle in order to make the auto industry more competitive. Stalls of 244 exhibitors, including 89 local and 106 international companies were present at the event. Three universities also took part in the event while procurement departments of Pakistan Railways, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and Pakistan Army were invited to assess the quality of locally manufactured products.

Exhibitors from Thailand, China, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, and the Netherlands participated in the event.

Following are some of the highlights of the 3-day PAPS 2019 event:

ALTO 660 cc IS HERE:

Pak Suzuki unveiled Alto 660cc which is Pakistan’s first locally produced 660cc engine capacity vehicle. The company has called it the “biggest reveal of 2019”.

Pak Suzuki unveiled three variants of Alto 660cc at the auto show. These variants include:

  • Suzuki Alto VX (without AC)
  • Suzuki Alto VXR (with AC)
  • Suzuki Alto VXL AGS (with AC and automatic transmission)

Check out some exclusive photos of Suzuki Alto 2019:

Meanwhile, we also saw Pak Suzuki’s WagonR and Cultus at the event.

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HONDA SENSING

During the PAPS 2019, Honda Atlas introduced Honda Sensing — a feature that helps you learn driving virtually. Alongside this, the newly launched Civic X Facelift and Facelift RS Turbo were also displayed.

Honda Civic Facelift Detailed Specs and Price: http://ow.ly/lbUV30opaBu

The Honda Sensing virtual booth combines basic car controls with VR tech. By putting on the VR headset, people were taken inside the CR-V cabin. They could then have a full-on experience of the 6 key Honda Sensing features without even sitting in a real car.

The 3D world of Honda Sensing has features like:

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Lane Keep Assist System 
  • Low-Speed Follow
  • Adaptive Cruise Control 
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System

KIA BRINGS NEW ENTRANTS

Korean automaker Kia brought several surprise packages at PAPS 2019. These include Stinger, Picanto, Sportage, Carnival, and Niro. We have briefly examined these offerings for our readers. It was announced that Kia Sportage and Kia Picanto will be available in August and October, respectively.

KIA Stinger is a high-performance sports saloon from the Korean auto manufacturer and directly competes with BMW M3 and Audi S4. In its topmost configuration, it possesses a 3.3L Twin Turbo GDI engine and produces around 365HP. However, that performance package will probably not be there for Pakistan and we might just get to see a modestly powered 2.0L Turbo GDI with a 255HP.

Here are some exclusive photos of Kia Stinger at PAPS 2019:

Some highlights of Stinger, KIA’s flagship sports saloon, are:

  • Advanced Smart Cruise Control
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
  • Electronic Parking Brake (EPB)
  • Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA)
  • Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS)
  • High Beam Assist (HBA)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW)
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers

In terms of performance, the 2.0L engine can help propel this vehicle from 0-100 in 6s and accelerate all the way up to a top speed of 260km/h. So yes, performance will definitely be a plus point here and not to mention the tweaks KIA made to this car to help it turn and handle more like a sports car than a family car.

Kia Picanto, which is dubbed as the ‘City Car’ since 2004, was also seen at the event.

Here are some exclusive photos of Kia Picanto at PAPS 2019:

Kia 1,000cc Picanto is a 5-door hatchback. Its competitors in the local market would be Suzuki Cultus and Wagon R. The Picanto is equipped with an incline 3-cylinders 1.0 MPI engine, with an engine displacement of 998cc that produces max torque of 9.6/3,500 and max power of 69/6,200.

Kia Sportage is a compact SUV (sports utility vehicle) which was first launched back in 1993. It was based on a Mazda pickup truck platform. Second generation Sportage was launched in 2005 whereas the 3rd generation Sportage was stayed in production from 2010 to 2015. What you have seen in the photos lately is the 4th and the latest generation Kia Sportage which was launched at the end of 2015 and is still in production. Korean automaker Kia is working with Yunus Brothers to launch the cars in the local automaker industry.

Kia Carnival: The South Korean automotive manufacturer, Kia has launched the Grand Carnival in Pakistan in collaboration with its local partner Yunus Brothers Group under the brand name Kia Lucky Motors, Pakistan. The most hyped Kia Grand Carnival – a multi-seater luxurious vehicle was launched on June 1st, 2018.

The first generation of this vehicle was launched back in 1998 and the third generation in 2015. The Grand Carnival launched in Pakistan is the third generation facelift, which the company has launched globally at the beginning of 2018. Internationally, it was introduced in both petrol and diesel variant; however, in Pakistan, the company has launched the petrol variant first.

Kia Niro was also seen at PAPS 2019. Niro is a hybrid subcompact crossover manufactured by Kia Motors since 2016. A plug-in version was launched in the United Kingdom at the end of 2017, and in the United States at the beginning of 2018.

Niro Hybrid crossover is equipped with a 1.6 GDI engine paired with a 1.56 kWh battery alongside the electric motor. The crossover has a dual-clutch transmission with level-2 assistance features. KIA has also introduced the plug-in hybrid version of Niro at Geneva Motor Show 2019. KIA’s plug-in hybrid crossover has similar specs to the hybrid version other than the heavy duty 8.9 kW battery. It has the electric range of a maximum 65 km.

LOCALLY-ASSEMBLED CHANGAN CARS

Changan also displayed its offerings for the Pakistani market. We came across several Changan cars — including A 800 and CX70T — at the PAPS 2019.

Master Motors Ltd (MML) announced during the PAPS 2019 that three of their vehicles – Changan M-8, Changan M-9, and Changan Karvaan – will be locally-assembled and rolled out later.

MML CEO Danial Malik said their manufacturing plant in Karachi has yearly production capacity of 30,000 vehicles. He said all the Changan models will come with standard warranty of three years or 60,000km.

The company promised to introduce all new features in their vehicles, including Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Stability Control and Driver & Passenger Airbags.

Master Motors Ltd (MML) is a joint venture between Master Motors Corporation Ltd (MMCL) and Changan International Corporation. They have a 70/30 equity partnership.

PakWheels reviews Changan cars:

Changan A 800 is an environmentally friendly urban MPV. It has 1.5L turbocharged DVVT engine, which produces the maximum out of 115kw at 5500 rpm. It’s simple yet detailed front fascia accentuates its MPV streamlined appearance. Other specs and features include 16” wheels, 7” LCD instrumental penal, panoramic sunroof, seat heater, stability control, parking sensors, blind spot monitor, eco idol, cruise control, steering control, etc. This MPV is not being launched as of now, but will soon be. It comes with 6 airbags.

Changan CX70T is a 7-seater SUV. The SUV was also put up on display at the International Engineering & Machinery Asia Expo 2018 held in Expo Center Lahore. The CX70T is powered by a 1.5L “BlueCore” turbocharged and direct-injected inline-4 engine that puts out 147 HP and 230 Nm of torque. It has 6-speed automatic transmission. It offers 6-leather seats, sunroof, cruise control, vehicle stability control, and blind spot monitor, etc. It offers a dashcam, which is a unique safety feature. This SUV is not being launched as of now, but will soon be.

Changan Karvaan is a 7-seater passenger vehicle. It comes with chrome exterior, projector headlamps, etc. Karvaan comes with dual AC. Its ex-factory price is Rs.1,080,000. It can be booked at Rs.200,000.

PAKWHEELS AT PAPS 2019

PakWheels had set up a special stall to guide people about buying, selling and maintenance of their vehicles. Our team of experts answered all auto-related queries. In short, PakWheels stood by its motto “If it’s on wheels, we’ve got it covered”.

Acknowledging these efforts, the organizers at PAPS 2019 recognized our “outstanding support” through an award.

Stay with PakWheels to know bigger and better news from Pakistan’s automotive industry.


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