You need to update your knowledge regarding taxes. I am an MBA, so probably understands the procedure. You got to see the Invoice, if you ever got one (looks like you always drove old cars). It clearly states how much tax is going to Government account out of 5.2 Million. Further, go to SBP and FBR sites or contact them under business rules, an MNC (Multinational company) has to reinvest 75% of it's profits back in Pakistan, either it's Honda, Toyota or anyother company. Further, over the period of 5 years, you have to shift the whole technology rather just assembling parts. Like Corolla, you will be seeing that in next years fortuner will be having leather seats from Sialkot, Dashboard from Karachi and many other things from local market. So, at the rate of 20% per year. After 5 years it will be a complete Pakistani 4WD. The first batch is 100% thai. No man, all the money they make they can't take it back to Japan, if it's the case Pakistan would have been bankrupted by these MNC's, Power Plants and Telecom Industry. What do you think governments around the globe are begging for foreign investments, inviting businessmen to come and set up business in their countries? So the business should come, rip the pockets of people and send back money to Japan and their home countries? No honey, no country allow this. You need to understand the businesses first. It's Toyota Pakistan under license from Toyota Japan. Look at the brief history of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand who built up their countries by inviting and setting up all the Multinationals there. Here the people from Kala Shah Kaku are discouraging the MNC's, that the mindset I mentioned about in my post.
And with all due respect, I noticed multiple times the word 'hard earned' money. If your money is so hard earned, you should stay in Corolla or Civic forums. We are talking here about millions and I am sure those who are going to buy it shouldn't be having money or hard earned money issues. Moderators of the Pakwheels should categorize the forums per the buying capacities and validating the financial health of people, so those who never drove a brand new SUV and intercepting the discussions should be kept away. I am not humiliating anyone (God Forbid), but again specifiying the typical Pakistani mentality to jump in everyother thing regardless it pertains to them or not.
There is no comparison of class of a brand new Cultus with 5 years old reborn, due to price difference and engine capacity etc. hmmm, you can compare it like If you prefer a brand new Cultus over 5 years old Suzuki 1000cc or 3 years old Swift, or Vitz (all are from same class). Yes, I would prefer Cultus than. If all people think like you, manufacturers would stop making new cars and everybody should be looking for old ones. There is a whole class out there whose passion is to drive brand new cars.
You made it clear yourself "Customer is always Right". Ask the dealers, IMC is experiencing the shortage for March's Allocations. I contacted Toyota in my city and they told me all for March are gone. I can get a booking for April.
First of all, let me tell you people that SUV is not for racing, it's for offroading in mud, sand or ice etc. Have you ever seen SUV race? The cars are made for car racing. I don't know why everybody is so concerned above 100 on it? SUV aren't meant for high speeds. These are meant for Power, torque and Traction controls.
And I compared 3310 with IPhone 5 in terms of technology growth, not in terms of price or luxury, read again for my perspective.
The houses are 50% more costly in Thailand than our country. Same is for Petrol and other utilities etc. Different things are priced differently in different countries. So comparing your consumer goods with other countries keeps you hanging in your decisions. I think we should stop fueling our cars, because Petrol is cheaper in Middle Eastern countries than Pakistan. We should also stop eating because daily groceries are much cheaper in Europe. Always remember, 'Do at the Rome as Romans Do'. Stay here in Pakistan.
Now the price is defined and you don't have or want to invest above 4.4 than why you are still taking part in discussion. You are already out of it. I mentioned above, let this discussion remain with people who have or want to invest above 5.5. Read the threads and notice the words 'I will never buy this', 'I won't buy at all', 'I would never go above 4 million'. but still all are speaking loudly and disrupting the normal flow of dailogue.
Another buddy facing same financial hardships. Indus motor didn't miss any segment. People sitting high up there and pouring millions in development of this 4WD are more genius than us. We the geniuses are watching so many pros and cons before investing 5.5 million, do you think those who spent 100 times more than this are fools? Companies never price anything before they have all the stats, buying patterns over years, markets buying capacity, target segments, competitors and many other indicators. It's not like that a manager wakes up in the morning and tell the world that we are launching Fortuner and it will be priced 5.5 Millions. A lot of homework needs to be done before it and I think they have done it.
No flames/offense and sorry if I hurted anyone feelings! I just wanted to make things bit more clearer.