Strong Momentum of Pakistan’s Automobile Sales: Breaking Through the Local Supply Dilemma – China Economic Net
By Mariam Raheem
LAHORE, Sept 2, (Gwadar Pro)- Owing to the gradual opening of economic activities from Covid-19 pandemic and other contingency measures coupled with the vaccination drive, Pakistan witnessed a significant increase in both production and sales of passenger cars in FY2021-22. According to incomplete statistics of PAMA, Pakistan produced 226,433 passenger cars in FY2021-22 with sales volume of 234,180 units, up about 49%, 55% from 151,794 and 151,182 units in FY2020-21, respectively.
Industry insiders believe that the future of Pakistans auto industry is bright as more international auto players enter, bringing advanced equipment and technology. However, due to economic conditions such as inflation and power shortages, import restrictions and natural disasters, they pointed out that production and sales growth would slow or even decline in the current fiscal year. They also stated one of the most important factors determining the continuous and high growth of local automobile production in Pakistan is the perfect supply of spare parts.
Multiple factors contributed to the increase in production and sales
According to the Pakistan Economic Survey 2021-2022, during July-March FY2022, LSM staged the growth of 10.4 percent against 4.24 percent growth in the corresponding period last year. Automobile remained one of the top performing sectors of LSM. There are multiple reasons for the increase in car production and sales.
Sohail Nasir, editor of Mobile World said in a recent interview with Gwadar Pro that the entry of Chinese automotive companies has contributed significantly to the landmark production of the Pakistani automotive industry. He cited the excellent performance of Chinese car brands such as Changan, Chery, MG, Changcheng, DFSK which continue the Chinese legacy generating their share in the market where the 30-year-old model was in place already.
Engr. Asim Ayaz, General Manager(Policy/Admin/Coordination), Engineering Development Board(EDB) underlined that the reason is Pakistani government has announced Automobile Industry Development and Export Plan (AIDEP) 2021-26 to encourage local manufacturing of vehicles.
More and more enterprises that need to go abroad are realizing Pakistans unique location and labor advantages. Engr. Asim Ayaz added, China, as Pakistans all-weather strategic partner, shares a border with our country and has stable policies to ensure that the supply chain will not be disrupted. The growing presence of Chinese companies has played a catfish role in invigorating the Pakistani car market.
New energy vehicle forces on the rise
On 14 August, the first locally produced electric car was launched through the collective efforts of Dice Foundation, universities and the private sector in Karachi. Pakistans first ultra-rapid DC charging station for electric vehicles was inaugurated in Karachi 2 months ago. Dice Foundation Chairman Dr Khurshid Qureshi said the revolution of electric vehicles is making its way in the global auto industry and Pakistan has also taken the first step in this regard.
The recent rise in gasoline prices has led to a decline in demand for gasoline vehicles. In the long run, the most effective way to deal with climate change is to use new energy resources. Pakistan is a country heavily affected by climate change, and the promotion of new energy vehicles is of greater significance to Pakistan.
China has a core advantage in developing electric vehicles and Chinese companies have come in and invested in Pakistan as well as evaluating the market. For example, BYD China, the worlds leading electric vehicle manufacturer, has collaborated with Pakistans Sapphire …….
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