With the kind of vehicles that China is currently producing, we are yet to be blessed with the true potential of Chinese cars in Pakistan.
In a country where more than 160 car manufacturers produces more than 950 different models in 2500+ trims combined, there is a lot that can be talked about. However considering the Chinese automakers which have presence in our market, we still don’t get the up-to-date models in most cases.
One such example the is the Dongfeng S50 sedan. Measuring 4630x1790x1526mm with a wheelbase of 2700mm, the impressive looking vehicle is based on the Nissan Bluebird Sylphy, since Dongfeng is a joint venture partner of Nissan in China and hence the platform used to develop the S50 is licensed.
The S50 comes with three engines, a 1.5 liter MIVEC engine sourced from Mitsubishi and 1.6 & 2.0 liter units from Nissan’s stable. Available transmission options are 5-speed manual or CVT.
In China the Dongfeng S50 is priced from 65,900 yuan (PKR 10.34 lac) to up to 102,900 yuan (PKR 16.15 lac) for the fully loaded version.
In Pakistan the Dongfeng trucks are being assembled by Ghandhara while Prince deals in the DFSK (Dongfeng-Sokon) vans and light trucks, DFSK being a subsidiary of Dongfeng Automobiles.
With an impressive array of vehicles out there one can only wonder why the likes of S50 are yet to reach Pakistan, and if somehow companies dealing in Dongfeng products can bring the S50 here, being based on the Bluebird Sylphy it has all the potential to become successful in Pakistan provided if its rightly priced backed by true after sales support.
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A 3d animation professional with over 20 years of industry experience having served in leading organizations & production facilities of Pakistan, an avid car enthusiast and petrolhead with an affection to deliver writings to help shape opinions. Formerly written for PakWheels as well as major publications including Dawn. Founder of CarSpiritPK.com