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    I just test drove new Pakistan assembled Toyota Fortuner 2013. Here's my review of the vehicle along with some pictures I was able to take.

    Exterior: 7/10 - I saw the one in dark gray mica color and it looked pretty nice. It has a fresh design with nice curves and style. I would personally prefer white color though.

    Dashboard: 5/10 - Those driving Civics, Premios, Mark X and Surf are not going to be excited about it. It's pretty basic. Although they have given leather steering and black piano trim it still doesn't spark. DVD, gear and speedometer is also average. Nothing stands out.

    Interior: 6/10 - Tan leather seats and overall ambiance inside the cabin gives it a nice look and there's nothing out of ordinary. However, it feel pretty congested and 3 normal sized people would be tight sitting in the 2nd row. 3rd row is very tight and only 10-12 year old children would fit in there.

    Drive: 5/10 - It felt quite stiff and heavy. You cannot compare it's ride to Prado or Land Cruiser. At a speed of 100 km/hr it didn't feel very stable on a bumpy road. I believe it will have stability issues on motor way where there are heavy gusts of wind in some areas as well as on curvy roads at high speeds.

    Engine: 6/10 - The engine isn't under powered; it's just about the right size. It didn't feel sluggish. You won't be able to drag race it with Corolla or Civic though. I know we are going to complain about fuel consumption because it's all time 4WD which isn't going to be a good idea since it's a city car.

    Price: 4/10 - Now it all comes down to the price which IMC hasn't announced yet but most probably it's 5.2 million. So the question is how much are you willing to throw away for a car that's 6/10 in Pakistani market. Since we have seen comparison of prices of Fortuner with other countries in different threads I am going to repeat the same thing. After seeing and driving it I am more convinced that this car belongs in around 4.2 million bracket. My limit to purchase this car would be 4.5 million. There's no way I am spending 5.2 million on it and after taxes and registration it would be around 5.8 million. Sorry, IMC but I am not up for that.

    Bottom line: All in all it's not a bad car to own and drive but it felt like an upgrade or big brother of Vigo and then it all comes down to value for money. You need to see what you get in return of the money you spend. I would personally either prefer a Surf or a Mercedes in 4 million range and if I have to spend close to 6 million then I am going for a Prado. Yes, there are people who would buy it for even 7 million and consider it a good price for a "brand new" car but I am not willing to go down that road. IMC would have difficult time selling it over 4.5 million. The Sales Manager at Toyota dealership also said that this car will sell itself at 4.5 million but at 5.2 million it will be very difficult. Initially they might get a good response but it will eventually slow down.

    Price Comparison: I did a small price comparison with different countries. I used current foreign currency exchange rate. I wonder why is there a minor difference in the price of Altis and Fortuner in other countries and why do we have to pay almost 3 times in Pakistan for Fortuner? I believe that's because Fortuner is not considered a luxury car in other countries and they think of it as an upgrade to a pickup truck. You can see Altis is cheaper in Pakistan than most of the countries then why not Fortuner?


    Country Altis 1.8L Fortuner 2.7L
    India 2,616,838 4,041,730
    Thailand 2,957,710 4,158,560
    UAE 1,909,050 3,404,250
    Philippines 2,795,100 3,334,760
    Pakistan 2,084,000 5,175,000

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    Saw one in Islamabad yesterday and it looked good. Disappointed by the interior though. Not worth 5.2 million in my opinion, atleast I would not spend that much on it.
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    I have seen a few and it has good road presence.

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    i live in gulberg which is a big commercial and residential centre of Lahore, i havent seen a single yet...
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    I have seen a few in DHA, Lahore but not more than 5-6. Everyone likes the looks of this car but don't want to spend that much. I can still live with the interior if it was priced cheaper.

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    You cannot compare Pakistani vehicle prices to any other countries because Pakistani Govt charges too much bhatta (tax/duties). Pakistan i think has the highest bhatta (tax) in the world. Your own govt does not want you driving nice modern vehicles; I think you Pakistani's are better off using all your energy against your own govt rather than blaming toyota for pricing the car so high.

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    Well ... that's the sad part. IMC is selling other vehicles cheaper than other countries while Fortuner is expensive. Check my price comparison in the original review.


    Quote Originally Posted by CzarMayhem View Post
    You cannot compare Pakistani vehicle prices to any other countries because Pakistani Govt charges too much bhatta (tax/duties). Pakistan i think has the highest bhatta (tax) in the world. Your own govt does not want you driving nice modern vehicles; I think you Pakistani's are better off using all your energy against your own govt rather than blaming toyota for pricing the car so high.

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    The other countries you are comparing are theives too. Try UAE

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    Yes, UAE is the cheapest one of all. The cars are as cheap as USA and in some cases slightly cheaper. But the point is if IMC can sell Corolla cheaper than all other countries then why not Fortuner? Altis price in UAE is almost equivalent to Pakistan so should be Fortuner's price.

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    Anyone bought Fortuner yet? Let's just come forward and post some pictures, don't be afraid

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    i`ve driven corolla in uae n i think imc corolla is better than the one in uae which is made in taiwan . . .
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    Fortuner's tv commercial ad is superb...
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    Quote Originally Posted by afnan_88 View Post
    i`ve driven corolla in uae n i think imc corolla is better than the one in uae which is made in taiwan . . .
    i ve driven many corollas n altis here n there....not even come close to the options n quality build of made in japan gulfs corollas not taiwan
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    Quote Originally Posted by afnan_88 View Post
    i`ve driven corolla in uae n i think imc corolla is better than the one in uae which is made in taiwan . . .
    What?? r u serious? I am sure u haven't driven one or u have driven a ra**** car, My uncle have 2005 corolla in Saudi Arab 270k driven, and In pakistan we have 2004 xli 110k driven, I Hv seen both and I have felt major difference in both , specially the build quality, my Uncle's corolla don't even make single sound on road, runs smoothly, and ours in pak, which is kept with care, make sound from every where while running or going on bad roads, dashborad, doors and eveRything makes sound as if it's a 20 year old car, but sadly because of build quality of IMC this thing is even common in a 2013 corolla and the one in UAE is made in Japan

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    indus sold 471 fortuners in two months
    228 sold in march
    240 sold in april
    Monthly Production & Sales of Vehicles

    this is the full option corolla spotted in uae
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    Quote Originally Posted by salik990 View Post
    i ve driven many corollas n altis here n there....not even come close to the options n quality build of made in japan gulfs corollas not taiwan
    after 2008 sum corolla's r imported from japan n taiwan also in uae
    coz in uae origin of vehicle is also mentioned on documents
    but car quality is awesum in uae
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOneed2speedd View Post
    What?? r u serious? I am sure u haven't driven one or u have driven a ra**** car, My uncle have 2005 corolla in Saudi Arab 270k driven, and In pakistan we have 2004 xli 110k driven, I Hv seen both and I have felt major difference in both , specially the build quality, my Uncle's corolla don't even make single sound on road, runs smoothly, and ours in pak, which is kept with care, make sound from every where while running or going on bad roads, dashborad, doors and eveRything makes sound as if it's a 20 year old car, but sadly because of build quality of IMC this thing is even common in a 2013 corolla and the one in UAE is made in Japan

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    we also have corolla 1.6 auto in uae and its drive and economy is much better than 1.6 imc altis!

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    Nice post, reviews, suggestions, opinions and comments.
    Like the idea that more than 4 guys saying that they went to the same event separately (PC preview thing) and each of them only saw 2 other people. Maybe they went in different times but just wanted to share the humor.
    5.175 Mil is a lot of money but at the same time it might sell as well. Being a brand new car does have its value. Not saying that the price is right or wrong but just that there is a big chance that it will sell. Not sure if the prices will come down.
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    IMC is right on track for selling 2000 units per year as the number of initial sales indicate. With the latest push on billboards and TV Ad (which is very nice) they will probably be right on the target or might exceed it. They will see most sales during the first 6 months and after that it's going to slow down.

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