* See Top 5 Pakistan-made brands and Top 15 models by clicking on the title *
Now updated with the Top 10 best-selling imported used cars
Only sales data for locally-made vehicles is published by the Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association, however this is still a pretty accurate representation of the most popular new cars in the country as imports remain limited due to very high duties. Sales of cars made in Pakistan are up a splendid 18.4% year-on-year in 2017 to a record 239.725 units, eclipsing the previous high of 224.237 established in 2015. It is the third consecutive time (and ever) that the Pakistani market is above 200.000 annual units. The Pakistan-made brand panorama goes from 5 brands in 2016 to just 3 this year, with Sigma (Land Rover) and Hyundai disappearing from the charts. Suzuki remains firmly on top, evolving like the market at +18% to 53.7% share, whereas Toyota loses almost five percentage points of market share (from 30.6% to 25.7%) due to deliveries down 1% year-on-year. The winner of the year is Honda, up a stunning 49% to 19.7% of the market vs. 15.7% a year ago.
Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla celebrates nine consecutive year atop the Pakistani charts but drops 6% to see its share tumble down from 27.4% to 21.8%. The Suzuki Mehran remains in 2nd place with sales up 18% to 17.9% while the Suzuki Wagon R storms into the podium with a 87% gain, up 5 spots on 2016 to #3. The Honda Civic is propelled up 73% by the new generation to #4, with the Suzuki Bolan and Ravi both stable vs. 2016 resulting is vastly inferior market shares at 8.4% and 8.3% respectively. Thanks to the new model, the Suzuki Cultus is up 27% but down one spot to #7 while the Toyota Fortuner is up 5-fold on its 2016 score but down one spot to #12. Finally, a rare event in Pakistan: a new nameplate kick-started production in 2017: the Honda BR-V, ending the year above 7.000 units and peaking at 1.248 sales in November.
For the first time on BSCB and thanks to one of our readers Ali we can share with you exclusive used car imports data in Pakistan for 2017. Although we do not normally track used car sales, this however gives us invaluable insight into the Pakistani customer’s tastes, showing that all the best-selling used imports come from Japan, as is the case in most of southern Asia as well as Mongolia and Russia. This is also an area to watch out as used imports shot up an astounding 64.8% year-on-year to 76.645 units, including 65.723 cars and minivans (+70%), 7.758 SUVs (+59%) and 3.154 pickups and vans (+9%). The most popular used import in Pakistan is the Toyota Vitz (+40%), ahead of the Toyota Aqua (+96%), Daihatsu Mira (+73%), Suzuki Every (+15%) and Alto (+107%). The Toyota Land Cruiser is #8 and the Honda Vezel #9. Import data is sourced with the customs’ Import General Manifest.
Previous month: Pakistan November 2017: Honda up 44% in market up 18.1%
Previous year: Pakistan Full Year 2016: Toyota Corolla tops market down 10%
Full Year 2017 Top 5 Pakistan-made brands, Top 15 models and Top 10 used imports vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.
Full December 2017 Top 5 Pakistan-made brands and Top 15 models below.