Recently an interesting piece was published by Auto Evolution revealing that only the Russian automaker Lada sells older cars than the American EV maker Tesla. On average, Tesla models are 7.8 years old whereas Lada’s average is 18.9 years according to the findings.
Surprisingly, however, the average age of the model lineup for Pak Suzuki is 20.66 years which is even worse than the 18.9 years average of Russian Lada as discussed in our earlier article. Now it’s time for us to take this a step further and find out which other assemblers in our country has the oldest model lineup in Pakistan.
Felipe Munoz was in charge of this JATO Dynamics study. The methodology is to count the time starting from when the model was presented for the first time, not when the vehicle was first delivered. Based on the criteria of counting the time starting from when a model made its debut, let’s see where our local assemblers stand. (Do note we are calculating with 2023 as the current year).
Pak Suzuki currently sells 6 locally assembled models in Pakistan. Ravi and Bolan are both almost 44 years old now as they debuted back in 1979. The Wagon R that we have here debuted in 2010 making it a 13 year old car (considering we are on the verge of welcoming the year 2023). The Celerio which is marketed in Pakistan as Cultus debuted in 2014, making it 9 years old. The 8th gen Alto debuted in December 2014 and is 8 years old already. While the recently launched Swift dates back to December 2016, making it a 6-year-old model. The collective age of these 6 Pak Suzuki models (44+44+13+9+8+6) is 124, and the average age results in 20.66 years.
Indus Motor Company (IMC) assembles 4 Toyota cars in Pakistan. The 11th generation Corolla debuted in 2013, Yaris in 2017 while the 2nd gen Fortuner and 8th gen Hilux both debuted in 2015. The collective age of these 4 Toyota models (10+6+8+8) is 32, and the average age results in 8 years.
Honda Atlas also sells 4 locally assembled models. The Civic & HR-V being the latest models both making their debut in 2021 while the 6th gen City is from 2014 and BR-V is from 2015. The collective age of these 4 Honda models (1+1+9+8) is 19, and the average age results in 4.75 years.
Kia has 4 locally assembled models in Pakistan and sparing the Stonic, the entire lineup consist is globally discontinued models. The Stonic dates back to 2017, Sportage from 2015, Picanto from 2011 and Sorento from 2014. The collective age of these 4 Kia models (6+8+12+9) is 35, and the average age results in 8.75 years.
Hyundai also has 4 local assembled products with half of the lineup being globally obsolete. The 8th gen Sonata is from 2019, the 6th gen Elantra from 2015, Tucson from 2015 while Porter from 2004. The collective age of these 4 Hyundai vehicles (4+8+8+19) is 39, and the average age results in 9.75 years.
Changan sells 4 local assembled vehicles in Pakistan, all of which are current generation models same as offered in other markets. In terms of age, the Alsvin debuted in 2018, Oshan X7 in 2019, however the Karvaan minivan & M9 Sherpa pickup (also known as Changan Star) are from 2012. Hence, the collective age of these 4 Changan vehicles (5+4+12+12) is 45, and the average age results in 11.25 years.
Proton sells X70 and Saga sedan in Pakistan. The X70 is basically a rebadged Geely Boyue from 2016 while the 3rd gen Saga also dates back to 2016. So the collective age of these 4 Proton vehicles (7+7) is 14, and the average age results in 7 years.
Regal Automobiles has a mix of new & obsolete models. The Prince Pearl hatchback has its underpinnings from a 2nd gen Suzuki Alto that dates back to 1984. The Glory 580 is from 2016 while the 580 Pro debuted in 2019, while the K-series pickup dates back to 2005. The collective age of these Prince-DFSK vehicles (39+7+3+18) is 45, and the average age results in 16.75 years.
United Bravo and Alpha are both obsolete models on sale in Pakistan. Like Prince Pearl, the Bravo has its underpinnings from a 2nd gen Suzuki Alto that dates back to 1984. While the United Alpha is from 2003 which received a makeover in 2012. The collective age of these United vehicles (39+20) is 59, and the average age results in an appalling 29.5 years.
Chery’s both locally assembled vehicles in Pakistan, the Tiggo 8 Pro and Tiggo 4 Pro are latest generation models. The current gen Tiggo 8 Pro is from 2020 while the Tiggo 4 is from 2018. The collective age of these Chery vehicles (3+5) is 8, and the average age results in 4 years.
Peugeot has only 1 local assembled offering in Pakistan– the 2008 crossover which debuted in 2019. So the age of Peugeot cars in our country is 4 years.
BAIC also sells just 1 local assembled vehicle in Pakistan which is the BJ40 Plus SUV and it dates back to 2013 making it a 10 years old vehicle in terms of age.
MG also has a single local assembled vehicle, the HS Essence crossover. It debuted back in 2018 making it a 5 years old vehicle in terms of age.
Sazgar recently kicked off the local production of Haval H6 which is sold in ICE as well as hybrid guises. The Haval H6 we have here is the 3rd generation model that debuted in 2020 making it a hardly 3 years old vehicle.
D-Max is the only local assembled offering by Isuzu. The D-Max we have here is the 2nd generation model that debuted in 2011 making it a 12 years old vehicle as far as its age is concerned.
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