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Sales of Local Assembled Cars Crash Amid Escalating Prices

Sales of locally assembled cars including those reported by companies that aren’t members of the Pakistan Automotive Manufac­turers Association (PAMA), dropped by 51% on year-on-year basis amid escalating prices, expensive auto financing and low purchasing power of consumers.

September sales stood at nearly 13,000 units witnessing a 7% month-on-month decline. According to the data compiled by Topline Securities, the latest numbers take the first-quarter sales to 34,472 units, down 50% from a year ago.

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Another key reason for the sharp decline in sales is the restrictions imposed by the State Bank of Pakistan on the imports of completely knocked-down (CKD) kits, which has hampered the production cycle forcing local assemblers to observe plant shutdowns and non-production days. The move by the central bank is meant to control the outflow of dollars from the economy in view of the continuous draw-down on locally available foreign exchange.

Suzuki showroom

According to the data, all maojr assemblers reported declines in sales on a monthly basis with the sole exception of Pak Suzuki, the sales (6,006 units) of which went up by 52% owing to the low-base effect. Indus Motor Company recorded a 32% monthly decline in sales to 2,617 units while Honda Atlas registered a drop of 29% to 1,280 units over the same period. Sales of Hyundai Nishat also witnessed a 50% monthly dip in sales to 967 units in September.

Source: Dawn

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