2018- Year in Review

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October

VinFast unveiled Vietnam’s first cars at Paris Motor Show.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/10/03/vinfast-unveils-vietnams-first-cars-at-paris-motor-show/

Early information regarding Suzuki’s upcoming Alto surfaced as the company sent 3 units to Japan for testing and approvals.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/10/17/new-suzuki-alto-variants-and-expected-price/

All new Hyundai Santro was launched in India.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/10/24/all-new-hyundai-santro-launched-in-india/

November

Al-Haj FAW introduced the new and improved version of X-PV minivan called as the X-PV PE featuring a number of improvements.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/11/07/faw-x-pv-power-edition-launched-booking-open/

German automaker Volkswagen AG and Pakistan Premier Motors (PPM) signed an agreement for manufacturing and assembling of Volkswagen commercial vehicles in Pakistan.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/11/10/volkswagen-signs-ckd-agreement-with-premier-motors/

On the 16th of November Toyota officially unveiled the much awaited 12th gen Corolla sedan in two simultaneous events in China as well as USA.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/11/16/the-all-new-toyota-corolla-has-made-its-global-debut/

Ghandhara Nissan (GNL) officially introduced Renault heavy duty trucks in Pakistan.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/11/15/ghandhara-nissan-launches-renault-trucks-in-pakistan/

At the same time, Ghandhara’s other entity– Ghandhara Industries Limited (GIL) launched the Isuzu D-MAX range of pickup trucks in Pakistan.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/11/15/ghandhara-officially-launches-the-isuzu-d-max-in-pakistan/

Government of Pakistan awarded category-A Greenfield Investment status to KA Hanteng Motor Company, under automotive development policy 2016-21.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/11/13/ka-hanteng-motors-gets-greenfield-status/

One of the most shocking news of 2018 was the arrest of Nissan’s chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn in Japan. Carlos Ghosn, who is considered as global auto industry’s most high-profile executives, was arrested on allegations over alleged financial embezzlements. Ghosn who was also the top seated person at Renault, Mitsubishi as well as the alliance is still under custody.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/11/19/nissan-chairman-carlos-ghosn-arrested-in-japan/

Pak Suzuki celebrated having achieved accumulated automobile production of 2 million units since the beginning of their operations in Pakistan some 36 years ago.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/11/27/pak-suzuki-achieves-2-million-units-production-milestone-in-pakistan/

United Motors successfully started to assemble its Bravo hatchback locally. The rollout ceremony of the first local assembled unit was held at United’s plant on the 26th of November.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/11/26/first-local-assembled-united-bravo-rolls-off-the-assembly-lines/

On the 30th of November Prime Minister Imran Khan officially inaugurated JW Forland’s vehicle assembly plant in Pakistan.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/11/30/pm-imran-khan-to-inaugurate-jw-forlands-assembly-plant/

December

Chinese automaker Changan won a Guinness World Records title for the largest parade of autonomous cars.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/12/05/changan-successfully-sets-a-new-guinness-world-record/

This was quite a special achievement to us since we breached the 1.0 million website visits milestone in December 2018.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/12/04/carspiritpk-achieves-1-million-website-visits-milestone/

Following the debut of 12th generation Corolla sedan in November, Toyota introduced the Corolla hybrid sedan at the 2018 Los Angeles Motor Show. It is the first time in more than 53 years of Corolla’s history that a hybrid variant has been included in the lineup.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/12/04/toyota-corolla-hybrid-debuts-at-2018-los-angeles-motor-show/

In December 2018, Tata Nexon became the first Indian-made car to have scored the full five stars in the Global NCAP crash tests.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/12/10/tata-nexon-becomes-the-first-indian-car-to-score-5-stars-from-global-ncap/

Proton’s first ever SUV, the X70 was officially launched in Malaysia. The unveiling ceremony was graced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahatir Mohammad who is also the founding father of Proton brand.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/12/12/protons-first-suv-the-x70-launched-in-malaysia/

The 4th generation Suzuki Swift wins the 2019 Indian Car of the Year Award. The Swift nameplate has won more than 60 international automotive awards thus far.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/12/27/suzuki-swift-wins-2019-indian-car-of-the-year-award/

Only a couple of months after signing the agreement, a Proton Exora 7-seat MPV was spotted testing on the roads of Lahore. Reportedly the company is also testing the 1.3 liter Saga sedan, details of which will be updated soon.

https://www.carspiritpk.com/2018/12/24/proton-exora-spotted-testing-in-lahore/

 

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