Suzuki Cultus And Mehran Are Back With CNG In The Trunk As Cultus VXL Departed!

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Pak Suzuki is confused, and so are we. The globally declining prices of oil are pushing fuel prices to some of the lowest level ever recorded, although you can argue in Pakistan, prices are not decreasing as much as globally, yet fuel is cheaper now and many people have moved off over from CNG to petrol and why not?!

High fuel prices before this fall did give a unwarranted boost to the Suzuki vehicles equipped with CNG from the factory, but government’s shift in policy to root out the use of Natural Gas at least in the private vehicles thus, having the ability to provide to the industry and energy production. This massive shift in government’s policy sent a ban to the import of CNG cylinders and made the manufacturers stop producing factory equipped CNG vehicles; meaning, Pak Suzuki sales took a nose-dive.

On 11th September 2015, Pak Suzuki reintroduced factory equipped CNG Cultus and Mehran. That comes after Landi Renzo, the Italian manufacturer of CNG Kits who had set up a plant for production of cylinders and kits had urged the government to allow use of CNG kits in locally assembled cars, in addition to the demand of waving off 20% duty implemented on import of parts.

Landi Renzo had been exporting CNG kits worth Euro 3.7 Million to Brazil, China, Iran and Italy and was finally allowed to provide the kits to the local automotive manufacturers as well, notably, Pak Suzuki.

The prices for Cultus VXR CNG is PKR 1,109,000/= while the price for Mehran VXR CNG is PKR 748,000/=.

What’s worth to mention here is that, Pak Suzuki has discontinued the Cultus VXL, so we’re all back to winding the windows back up like we’re in the early 80s. Our inquisition to know what prompted Pak Suzuki to discontinue the VXL Cultus did not receive any official response however, from unofficial sources, the reason was ‘unreasonable costs which no one was willing to pay for’.

Even today, the difference between Cultus VXR CNG and Cultus VXR without one is 75,000 rupees (70,000 rupees difference between CNG Mehran and Non-CNG one), and it was a similar difference between VXL and VXR and it was just ridiculous to pay 11 lac rupees for a Cultus with power windows and crappy power steering, and now, you don’t even get that, you just get CNG. I mean, I’d rather go and buy a used Suzuki Swift which has done under 50K kms.

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Mehran VXR CNG

Baber K. Khan

An auto enthusiast trying to bring car media mainstream.

  • Ahsan

    Pakistan’s auto industry seems to be on driving on a reverse flop gear.

    All countries manufacturing vehicles are moving towards hybrid / semi hybrid technology while this company is the biggest enemy of innovation. Selling 1980s era vehicles retired from across the world with zero safety features. I’m sure EDB and other government agencies will appreciate and call this step a major investment from Suzuki.

    Paksuzuki must stop dumping ancient technology in Pakistan. Anti consumer policies of government are making Pakistani’s suffer and favoring Japanese too much.

  • Ahsan

    Pakistan’s auto industry seems to be on driving on a reverse flop gear.

    All countries manufacturing vehicles are moving towards hybrid / semi hybrid technology while this company is the biggest enemy of innovation. Selling 1980s era vehicles retired from across the world with zero safety features. I’m sure EDB and other government agencies will appreciate and call this step a major investment from Suzuki.

    Paksuzuki must stop dumping ancient technology in Pakistan. Anti consumer policies of government are making Pakistani’s suffer and favoring Japanese too much.

  • Alluring Zoraiz

    pakistan sukuzi is considered among one of the shame full factors of pakistani automobile industry..they can introduce much better like they are doing in india but here they keep on selling poor sub standard cars to the local loyal customers thats why they are facing decline and it will rise more as there sales will further drop because in 2050 they will still be selling old mehran with new grill,same cultus and same shape swift…shame on you

  • Abdullah

    oo Pak Suzuki waloo….koi sharam hotee haii….koi haya hoti hai……kuch ethics hotay hain……..lol…..Advancement of technology in PAKISTAN…..

  • Faheem Sarwar

    i wish PAK SUZUKI reads what reviewers & commentator say about their crap !
    nobody gives a “F-Word” about what you make. Thanks God i never bought a suzuki & i never will.
    but it gives me ache when a Mehran or Cultus sells. i am disappointed.

  • ranaumar92

    i think peoples are responsible for that Mehran and Cultus or other suzuki productions

  • TRUTH

    PAK SUZUKI-MAFIA IS THE CHINA CUTTING OF CARS IN PAKISTAN.

  • Ahmed

    Thank goodness we atleast have imported cars now or else everyone still had to buy all this piece of junk made by Paksuzuki.

  • Umer Fayyaz

    who is to blame? have paksuzuki ever bothered about consumer? when we know that taxi scheme is purchasing mehran continuously and government servants are given a cultus from their departments then why would paksuzuki care? they would naturally give an F to consumers when they have a sure buyer none other than government of pakistan itself!

  • Ahsan

    Govt sold out the country and gave Paksuzuki 30,000 cars contract for Bolan and Ravi despite FAW quoting lower price for vehicles which are more modern. Had the contract been given to FAW they would have established a market here which would have favored consumers in the long run by introducing competition.

    Consumer rights are being violated both by government and assemblers.

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