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Pakistan August 2012: Suzuki Mehran up in disrupted market

Suzuki Mehran (Indian version). Picture by njyo, all rights reserved.

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Normally I only update Pakistan new car sales data every quarter as the market is usually very stable, but these last couple of months have been so disruptive it deserved an early catch-up. Note the data, provided by the Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association, is restricted to models produced locally, however this is a pretty accurate representation of the most popular cars in the country as imports are very limited. In August, new car sales are down 14% year-on-year to 10,385 units. Over the first 8 months of 2012 total sales stand at 118,015 units, still up a healthy 9% year-on-year.

In July, local production of the normally very popular Suzuki Alto stopped, as well as that of the Daihatsu Cuore, with the Honda Civic stopping in August. It is still unclear whether this is a temporary halt or a definitive stop (if you live in Pakistan and/or have more information on this please get in touch) but the certainty is it has already had an impact on the models ranking, with the above models all but disappearing from the ladder. The Toyota Corolla stays on top with 2,800 sales and 27% in August but with production transfers from the Alto, the antediluvian Suzuki Mehran is up to a fantastic 25.2% share this month thanks to 2,615 units sold.

Other changes include the Suzuki Cultus shooting up to third place with 1,173 sales and 11.3% vs. #6 and 7.6% year-to-date, the Honda City up to #4 at 1,0340 units and 10% share (after ranking #3 in July) vs. #7 with 4.3% year-to-date, and the Suzuki Swift up to 5.9% share vs. 4.3% year-to-date. Reversely, the Suzuki Bolan is down from #2 in June to #5 in August and the Suzuki Ravi is down to #6.

Previous post: Pakistan June 2012: Honda City up to #6

Previous year: Pakistan Full Year 2011: Toyota Corolla leads, Suzuki Mehran up

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  1. Waqar
    October 16th, 2012 at 01:00 | #1

    Matt, I appreciate your reply.

    I see only two cars competing in the same class – corolla and civic. The rest belong to their own individual categories. In other words, it is just a matter of slight reformatting of your tables. Also, this would provide further insight into the market as well. In the end, you know how to best handle the information… :)

    For example,

    Mehran – Ultra compact
    Corolla and Civic – Compact
    Cultus – Sub-compact
    Bolan – Mini Mini Van
    Ravi – Ultra light truck
    City – Some where between sub-compact and compact?
    Swift – not sure where this is?
    Hilux – Van

    P.S. Just to clarify, there was a typo in my last message. listed = limited.

  2. Waqar
    October 5th, 2012 at 01:27 | #2

    Sorry, listed = limited.

  3. Waqar
    October 5th, 2012 at 01:27 | #3

    This analysis is not fair. I know the number of cars is listed, but still why not list the sales numbers by class? For example, listing mehran and corolla numbers in the same table is like comparing apples and oranges.

    • matgasnier
      October 5th, 2012 at 02:34 | #4

      Hi Waqar,
      If you have a look at all the different countries on this site you will notice that they all feature an overall models ranking regardless of the class. The best-selling model in a country is just that, regardless of the class it belongs to. Splitting each ranking by class means I would need to spend way more time on each article and would therefore only be able to update a handful of countries each month instead of the 60+ currently.
      Hope you understand.

  4. sdogar
    October 2nd, 2012 at 17:34 | #5

    @myk384 That story is for january and this is september.

    Sales of honda civic were stopped due to the launch of new model which was unleashed on 21st september,2012.

  5. September 26th, 2012 at 18:33 | #6

    I think now, Chevrolet and Ford are better than Toyota, because Toyota is not safety, and not quality

  6. September 24th, 2012 at 23:45 | #7


    This is the reason for the sales drop of Suzuki Cuore and Honda Civic

    • matgasnier
      September 25th, 2012 at 08:55 | #8

      Thanks myk!

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