Proton Lost Another Major Dealership in Pakistan

Problems for Proton continue to worsen in Pakistan as one of its major dealerships has now ended ties with the Malaysian brand and its local partner Al-Haj Automotive.

According to information, Apollo Motos one of Al-Haj’s oldest dealerships in Karachi located at main Shahra-e-Faisal has now reportedly parted ways with Proton and is now officially Changan Auto Shahra-e-Faisal. Apollo Motors used to deal in FAW vehicles for many years and was then transformed into a Proton dealership after the chapter of FAW ended in Pakistan.

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The official Facebook page of Apollo Motors has also changed its name to Changan Auto Shahra-e-Faisal and as confirmed by the dealership, is no longer dealing in Proton cars. This is the latest blow to the Malaysian automaker which is struggling to deliver units to its customers despite over 3 years of presence in the country and is facing a severe backlash from consumers.

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Within the last few months, half a dozen dealerships from major cities across Pakistan have parted ways with Proton. The reason being cited is a lack of information & clarity regarding delivery dates for vehicles reserved as far out as 2020, repeated price revisions despite late deliveries, and price revisions even after receiving full customer payments. Moreover, to make matters worse, those who have canceled their bookings are also facing problems getting their refunds as the cheques continue to bounce due to insufficient funds in the company’s accounts.

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Late last year, Proton affectees also appealed to Prime Minister (PM) of Pakistan Anwar ul Haq Kakar, Chief Justice (CJ) Qazi Faiz Essa, and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Syed Asim Muneer to intervene. The affected customers expressed their suffering in a large press advertisement that appeared in leading newspapers, calling on the country’s premiers—the most powerful people in charge—to take action against the company.

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Although Al-Haj has refuted the rumors regarding Proton’s exit from Pakistan, with a constantly shrinking number of dealerships it will be interesting to see how they are going to carry out their operations in the country.

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