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Pakistan March 2020: Toyota teases Suzuki in market off -69.7%

Pakistan is under a national partial lockdown since March 23 in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Confirmed cases jumped from 2.039 as of March 31 to 5.374 as of April 12, meaning the lockdown, originally scheduled to last until March 31 but already extended to April 14, could potentially last well into May. PAMA data shows sales of locally-made light vehicles in Pakistan, already in bad shape this year at -43.1% over the first two months of 2020, crumble a further -69.7% in March to 6.922 units. The year-to-date tally is now down -52.6% to 30.942. Suzuki (-80.7%) is hit even harder and falters to a meagre 38.6% share, its lowest in many years. Toyota (-49.7%) resists much better at 37.5% and ends the month only 80 sales below Suzuki. Honda (-59%) and JAC (-84%) also sink but Isuzu (+86.7%) shows off. Model-wise, the Toyota Corolla (-55.9%) cements its lead at 30.2% share, outselling the Suzuki Alto by 2.4 to 1. The Isuzu D-Max (+86.7%), Toyota Hilux (+38.4%) and Toyota Fortuner (-4.8%) all swim upstream with either fantastic gains or a slim drop.

Previous month: Pakistan February 2020: Toyota Corolla repeats at #1 in market down -38.5%

One year ago: Pakistan March 2019: Suzuki up to 60.4% share high mark, Isuzu launches locally-produced D-Max

Full March 2020 Top 5 All Pakistani-made brands and Top 15 All-models below.

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