People Start Crying When They Get Deliveries Of Their Suzuki Mehran, MD Suzuki Dealership In Islamabad

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“Many of our customers literally cry when they buy their first Mehran. All their lives they have been saving up little amounts to buy this car.”, says Mohammad Ali Khalid, Managing Director of Suzuki’s main dealership in Islamabad.

I read this quote the other day while I was reading this article on the state of Pakistani automobile industry on The Economist. The article laments on the same things we have been doing over the life of this blog. The author was bemoaning over the fact that Suzuki Mehran, the entry-level car this industry has to offer, lacks basic features and has not changed much over the period of 26 years.

In 26 years, a child grows up and becomes capable of starting its own car company yet Suzuki only managed to make the engine EFI to make it Euro-II compliant, which is a shame to be honest as Euro-II is an obsolete standard now. Suzuki Mehran is practically a tin cabin on wheels with harder seats than the bench I used to sit in my school.

The point is, people put in their lives’ saving to buy their first car, and the said car wouldn’t even save their lives in an event of a crash. Don’t you find it ironic? These local automakers are using their influence to bend policies in their favor, policies which do not take into consideration the requirements of consumers. People of Pakistan deserve better than Suzuki Mehran, a car that would not even pass the road fitness test of many countries fresh off the assembly line. Some still might not know, Pak Suzuki does not have automatic welding plants for our ‘pride and joy’ Mehran.

But only the policy makers are not alone to be blamed. People who buy this car are equally responsible for the sad state of this industry. As long as people keep buying cars like Suzuki Mehran, these automakers will keep on making such cars and keep on bending the policies to keep these cars in production.

Fahad Ullah

I build products and review cars for PakWheels. I am also famous for typing more words than anyone wants to read.

  • adeelqadir

    hmmmm I suppose what the MD doesn’t know is that the reason they are crying is the waste of their money on the piece of junk they just bought

  • Rosh

    Its great to see truth coming out naked rather than warped and shaped.
    beyond that my perception is these manufactures are more responsible in corruption molded policies. they tell politicians the way to have greater wealth. money is channeled in form of profits to swiss accounts and remaining goes in baggage of prostitutes known as celebrities nowadays.
    Biggest portion of responsibility should be shouldered by japenese who are promoting corruption wrapped in their good name in form of these big 3.

  • RAYYAN

    Y do people talk about Mehran owners negatively, like they had an option….

  • Kashif Malim

    This is precisely the problem with all our car makers/sellers. They sell pieces of junk at exorbitant prices.

  • Adnan Siddiqui

    simply brother we need another Hajaj Bin yousuf for the whole paki crowd (people)…… shamefull people

  • Samad Khan

    There’s always an option. Stop buying it so that they stop making it. The comment of the MD just goes to show how we have fed these incompetent corporations to take away our hard earned money and become fat and obnoxious. They don’t care because they know we don’t care about quality or aesthetics or any sensibility. For all I know the MD must’ve laughed his a$$ off as he drove off in his new Mercedes Benz back home

  • RAYYAN

    Agreed there has to be a demand (that we unfortunately create) for there to be a supply…but options…plz shed some light on that especially taking into consideration resale value and maintenance costs that are high on buyer’s list(unfortunately)….

  • Jonathen

    So What do you mean? Don’t you know what Car importers are doing with us? If they reduce their High Profit Margin on 660 cc Japanese cars and sale them at the price around 7 to 8 Lacs , then only Pakistani people will stop buying Mehran… so the matter is that our Local public Car importers are not faithful with any one… so yes , in this scenerio , i will fell Happy to Buy Mehran…

  • Shahid Mehmood

    people on top management seats in all govt institutions should only allowed to use Suzuki Mehran instead of Corollas and Hondas , then there is a chance of improvement in this car

  • Imran Saeed

    Fahad Pai! what other options do mehran owners have ???

  • Imran Saeed

    stop buying is not the option — Option is if you give me car A B C to choose from.

  • Aamir Bashir

    i am sorry not much i guess the wheel cups 🙂 and bluish head-lights

  • Aamir Bashir

    Its such a shame like in other countries you can get a beast in Mehran’s price range … They cry for a reason here in Pakistan, We deserve better then this trolley (troller) lolzzz

  • Aamir Bashir

    Exactly … then we might get a slightly modified mehran … with a wide body, wheel arches, leather interior, 5 spoke alloys and the list goes on …. hahaha

  • Aamir Bashir

    Its such a shame for the auto industry … the customers cry for a reason as they know that in other countries we could buy a nice car while in our own Pakistan due to the greed of policy makers, bribers & bribees we are getting this piece of crap …. look at the Pic of Mehran have u noticed the steering wheel is on the left side as if it is the car of the saudi price drive on the daily basis lolzz

  • farok sayer

    look at India cars are cheaper there and better.The nano is price at one lakh rupees.We Pakistanis can only look at India today and do dharnas.

  • Aamir

    People buy Suzuki mehran because of its lower cost, easy maintenance and their budget constraints. No one love this car.

  • Sanjay Natarajan

    Here,the popular Mehran is called as Maruti 800, which was officilaly replaced by the new model ALTO 800.
    I dont declare alto 800 as the safest car(BTW definitely it will fail in crash test with zero stars for sure), but atleast it gets good design, optional ABS and driver side airbags and better comfort compared with the Mehran.
    I seriously dont know what it takes for PakSuzuki to replace that model with alto 800 – the car that is already developed, tested and proven successful here.
    Take a look of its pics if you are interested…

  • shahzad

    no sir, car importers hardly make 50-70k on a car. Its due to very very high custom duties, which are here due to pressure by local manufacturers and bribes to government to keep the duties high so that their crap can still sell.

  • farrukh

    we pakistani middle class people who put their life savings purchase 1st car what we have other choice in economical or affordable car. no other choice to buy this teen peepa. in new model if you left ac on in stopping position of car and then you put your hand break down and more forward it gives bumps in slow which is manufacturing fault in engine which got over. actually this car is total manufacturing fault in this modern world. but govt taking much benefit 34% tax and having 27% share in suzuki why they will stop this crap old obsolete car.

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