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Pakistan yet to fix any target for EV production like other countries By Owais Khan Why low localization in auto industry of Pakistan ? Exclusive Article by Ali Hassan A Long Journey of Ghandhara Industries Limited on Bumpy Road of Pakistan Economy ISUZU D-Max is The Latest Entry Exclusive article by Anwar Iqbal

Are Electric Cars coming to Pakistan? Report by Hanif Memon

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Exclusive interview with Mashood Ali Khan On the occasion of the 16th edition of Pakistan Auto Show 2019 Electronic Braking System in Heavy Commercial Vehicles Miracle to Disaster prevention Exclusive Article by Sumaiyah Murtaza The Pursuit of Excellence Al-Haj Automotive Commercial Vehicles Sector in Pakistan

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Hyundai Motors Opens Pakistan’s First Digital City Store in Lahore Exclusive Media Coverage by Automark Isuzu D-Max Pickup introduced by Ghandhara Industries Ltd. Exclusive Media Coverage by Automark Ghandhara Nissan Ltd to begin rolling out three Nissan models in 2020 Hub Rally Cross 2019 Motor racing event in Pakistan By Naila Khan

Shell Eco-marathon Asia returns to Malaysia in Its 10th year

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Local Automoitve news update

Over 70 Chinese companies to attend Pakistan Auto Show-2019

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Motorcycle Market Price list

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International Automotive News

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AUTOMARK Magazine International Editor-in-Chief

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Muhammed Hanif Memon

Muhammad Shahzad

Anwar Iqbal - Chief Correspondent COO, Khalid Mushtaq Motors (Pvt) Ltd.,

Advisors Imtiaz Rastgar CEO, Rastgar Group & CBI External Expert, Ex-chairman EDB Islamabad Syed Mansoor Rizvi Principal Officer M/s. CNH Services (Pvt) Ltd. Karachi Farhan Hafiz Director Marketing & Sales M/s. Al-Haj Faw Motors (Pvt) Ltd. Karachi

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Contributors in THIS EDITION Anwar Iqbal Aqsa Mirza M. Owais Khan Talal Hussain Malik M. Hanif Memon Ali Hassan

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Does it affect the car assembling industry of Pakistan? National governments and local authorities around the world are trying to move people away from the traditional cars burning fossil fuels due to technological advances. Electric Vehicles or hybrid cars are emerging as a new ‘wave of the future’ because they are environmentfriendly and demonstrate scant noise and pollution. Local authorities are offering several incentives for electric vehicles such as purchase refunds, tax exemptions, and tax credits. Further policies are also formed to promote EVs amongst middle and lower class families. Electric cars are similar to conventional cars in many ways. Practically everything inside an electric car, such as the seats, audio-video system, air conditioning controls, electric power steering rack and suspension components, such as the shocks, struts, and anti-roll bars are the same as in conventional cars. The main difference relies on the powertrain - electric cars use one or more electric motor-generator, whereas conventional cars have an internal combustion engine. These similarities can affect manufacturing industry profoundly. Investors can abuse incentives, by importing parts and vehicles at tariff-free rates, making room for new profit avenues. This could upset the auto-parts manufacturing industry’s equilibrium. For this reason, the manufacturing industry is openly opposing unrestricted incentives given to Electric Vehicles investors. They are emphasizing a change in policies. Many showed a concern that EVs are not c at eg o ri c a l ly d e f in e d w i th i n g ov er n m en t a l policies. Others voiced that the incentives should be restricted to the battery and electric vehicle specific parts only – as EVs have the same parts as the conventional cars. Conclusion With the vague definition of EV in governmental policies, it is factual that semi EVs and hybrid EVs are also enjoying ‘unrestricted’ perks of being an EV. EVs investors can use this to pressurize the auto-parts manufacturing industry and control their profits. But the ultimate question that arises is: What policies custom authorities should adopt? Sources reveal that Customs authorities are seeking the guidance of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) about giving concessions on duties and taxes for the import of environment-friendly ‘electric vehicles’ (EV), to harbor the soaring concerns.


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Exclusive Article by Owais Khan

Pakistan yet to fix any target for EV production like other countries New investors, existing auto players on collision course over incentive to electric vehicles

There is a need to do more as existing Japanese vehicle assemblers have yet to come out with any hint at introducing EVs in the long and short run or any kind of effort which they have started, he said. The new entrants have shown their desire for introducing EVs but nothing concrete has come out as much will depend on their plans regarding introduction of petrol and diesel run vehicles As many countries have fixed their targets to end usage of fossil fuel vehicles with electric vehicles (EVs) or gradually shift towards EVs, Pakistani has yet to fix any targets. The Auto Industry Development Committee (AIDC) held in November 2018, however, ended with a positive note that new investors have already applied for manufacturing of electric vehicles (EVs) under ADP 2016-2021 and the tariff structure is same as announced in new budget. The EVs are being highly encouraged in other countries with subsidies to the extent of 40 per cent.

Recently, Pakistan Council for Science and Technology was also given a task in this regard. The matter was placed before AIDC for consideration with respect to tariffs and localization plan only or consideration of preparation of long term policy after detailed review of local situation and international scenario. In recent Budget 2018-19, EVs have been incentivized. Customs duty on the import of electric cars in completely built up (CBU) form is reduced from 50 per cent to 25 per cent. The federal government vide SRO 644 has exempted electric vehicles CBU

falling under 8703.8090 of the First Schedule to the Customs Act, 1969 (IV of 1969), on the imports from the custom-duty as in excess of 25 per cent. Import duty on CKD (completely knocked down) kits for the assembly of electric vehicles in the country is proposed to be reduced from 50 per cent to 10 per cent Subject to preparation of localization plan by Engineering Development Board (EDB) /Ministry of Industries (MoI&P). The MoI&P is pressing hard for the localization plan for further submission to the government.

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Chairman Association of Pakistan Motorcycle Assemblers (APMA), Mohammad Sabir Shaikh said the above plan looks encouraging as many countries including India has set target to introduce EVs. The facility of reduced customs duty for one year should be allowed to assemblers who want to start local assembly in Pakistan, he urged. The existing local assemblers have made multiple price increases in cars and bikes during 2018, citing rupee depreciation against the dollar. Besides, petrol and diesel prices have also been going up owing to rising crude oil prices. With the start of 2019, some assemblers have already given price shocks while others will follow the suit.

“The only solution to curb price hike by the existing assemblers is to move towards EVs in which engines are not involved. Engine falls in hi-tech industries in which Pakistan’s auto sector lags behind,” Sabir said. He said the PTI government should also invite the existing stakeholders and seek their future plans regarding introduction of EVs. There is a need to do more as existing Japanese vehicle assemblers have yet to come out with any hint at introducing EVs in the long and short run or any kind of effort which they have started, he said.

The new entrants have shown their desire for introducing EVs but nothing concrete has come out as much will depend on their plans regarding introduction of petrol and diesel run vehicles. “When Pakistan can assembles JF-17 Thunder fighter plane, missiles, military weapons and armored vehicles then there should be no problem in taking initiative for EVs,” APMA chief said. However, a local company has made another attempt to introduce electric cars in Pakistan and had imported few units for testing and R&D. The world is steadily moving towards a sustainable future, and this means that the automobile industry shift will be towards emission-free cars – electric cars. The demand for electric vehicles has significantly increased in the past few years due to its eco-friendly qualities. According to some stats, the global market for electric cars will reach 35 per cent in the coming two decades. To keep the environment clean and safe and move with the rest of the world, the auto industry of Pakistan will eventually have to shift to the electric vehicles. Anticipating a huge demand in the Pakistani market as well, S. Zial-ul-Haq & Sons is bringing electric cars to Pakistan. Before Pakistan sees locally assembled EVs on the roads – the market scenario is all set to change following arrival

of new vehicles (petrol and diesel versions) by the new entrants during 2019-2021. Before any gets matured on EVs, country's auto industry opposed unrestricted incentives to EVs as investors can misuse the incentive. This opposition came at a time when some investors are preparing to invest in EVs as per the policy of federal government. The meeting was convened in the Ministry of Industries and Production in the third week of February to discuss composition of Working Group, Terms of References (ToRs) of Working Group and reconstitution of AIDC. According to a media report, the purpose of the meeting was to discuss unconfirmed minutes of the 27th meeting of AIDC, held in November 2018. As per the minutes, the policy dictates that the new investor's policy shall be reviewed after every two years by a working group formed by AIDC. Discussion on EVs attracted interest of those present. EDB requested all participants to share proposals regarding EVs to formulate policy framework for companies which aspire to bring EVs. Some participants shared concerns arguing that the EVs have the same parts as the fuel run cars so the incentive should only be given in battery or EV specific parts not the whole vehicle. They were of the view that this is necessary to protect localization already

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“When Pakistan can assembles JF-17 Thunder fighter plane, missiles, military weapons and armored vehicles then there should be no problem in taking initiative for EVs,” APMA chief said. However, a local company has made another attempt to introduce electric cars in Pakistan and had imported few units for testing and R&D achieved in the country. Some participants emphasized that the definition of EV, hybrid, semi EV etc should be well defined in the policy beyond any doubt. There was a concern shared in the meeting that this new category may become an avenue to import parts and vehicles at next to no tariff and turn the industry upside down. However, those (vendors and OEMs) opposing incentives to EVs should analyze their own performance in terms of achieving localization, rolling out one to three decades old vehicles, three to six months time in delivering vehicles, five to six times price rise every year on account of rupee-dollar parity, 200 per cent extra charges by their authorized dealers on services, parts and tuning of locally assembled vehicles, sub standard quality of vehicles, lack of safety measures etc. Vendors have become multi billionaire by producing parts for three decades of Mehran, Ravi and Bolan as Pak Suzuki, in absence of any government’s check and balance, continued rolling out these vehicles with no model change. Pakistan will see a big change in the auto sector in the next one to three years when huge investments by the new entrants will materialize, paving way for new job avenues besides generating more revenues for the government. Ghandhara Nissan Limited (GNL) will begin with the assembly of a 1,200cc Datsun Cross in July 2,020 and then roll out the 1,200cc Datsun Go (five seater) and Datsun Go Plus (seven seater) in the next two to three months. The company has also selected at least 22 vendors for making parts of these vehicles. The company plans to achieve 35-40 per cent localisation in the next three years after an initial start of 18pc. GNL will invest Rs6.5 billion (about $47 million) over the first four years. Nissan and GNL would work together to develop Ghandhara’s facilities at Karachi’s Port Qasim into a world-class manufacturing plant. The brown field project would create around 1,800 jobs.

GNL has planned to start production of these three vehicles with 15,000 units a year and then will take it up to 35,000 units in the next five years. On further introduction of new models, GNL says talks are going on with Nissan but nothing has finalized yet. Nissan and GNL had shared plans with the local vendors on support for the local component sectors including the introduction of world class production processes, ongoing skills sharing and training. Nissan is making a second attempt in the Pakistani market. In the past, consumers had witnessed only one locally-assembled Nissan Sunny. GNL had assembled 599 Sunny in 1996-97 but after ups and downs the production came to a halt in 20032004. Kia Lucky Motors is bringing 4th generation Kia Sportage packed with many amazing features including a new design, more powerful and more efficient engines that gives impressive fuel economy and power efficiency. The two (2.0 L or 2.4 L) four-cylinder turbo engine leads to 240-horsepower and 6speed automatic transmission provide a smoother drive on the roads. Kia Lucky aims to start local production of vehicles between July and September 2019. The company is setting up an assembly plant worth $115 million in Karachi to produce a wide range of commercial and passenger vehicles. Sportage may carry price of Rs four million. However, some existing assemblers and their dealers appear worried as customers’ booking trend from January onwards at the authorized showrooms is much lower than same period last year. Its impact will be more visible in the sale data of April and May. One of the reasons of low booking was perhaps non issuance of SRO on government’s decision of lifting ban on non filers up to 1,300cc cars which bodes well for Toyota and Suzuki but creates problem for Honda Atlas Cars Limited (HACL) as its vehicle range starts from 1,339cc to 1,800cc. Perhaps the delay in issuance of SRO is

due to confusion in Honda vehicles engine power. HACL has asked the government to enhance engine power limit up to 1,350cc so that its City vehicle can lure non filers. The government is reported to have assured Honda Atlas for resolving the issue but so far the company is waiting for final SRO. In case the decision of barring non filers from buying up to 1,300cc vehicles stays for longer period then it will definitely hit new entrants when they will come out with LCVs, SUVs and pickups in the next one to two years. These new entrants are interested in tapping commercial market instead of low engine power vehicles ranging from 660cc to 1,300cc. Commercial vehicle makers are now in problems as non filers cannot buy heavy vehicles. Surprisingly, bas sales have been thriving as against falling truck sales during the last seven months. According to media reports, non filers generate double revenue as advance income tax against the active tax filers. If the banks, on withdrawal by a non tax filer collects double the amount as tax then the same treatment should be allowed for booking and purchase of new cars too. Affected buyers who are not entitled to purchase a new car include retired or older people who are not active tax filers and others who have returned back to Pakistan after many years. There are others also who are not on the list of active tax filers list having received funds from sale of assets that have been inherited. Why should they be deprived to buy a brand new car? The Government should immediately reverse its decision on this. Auto sector analysts at various brokerage houses said previously, the government had introduced the Finance Supplementary (Amendment) Bill in 2018, barring non-tax filers to purchase new vehicles. This turned out to have a negative impact on auto sector as nontax filers constituted 50 per cent of total customer base.

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Hyundai Motors Opens Pakistan’s First Digital City Store in Lahore The inauguration of the digital store also unveiled Hyundai’s most popular cars to Pakistan; the Santa Fe and the Grand Starex On 23 Feb, Hyundai-Nishat Motor (Private) Limited officially inaugurates Digital City Store at Emporium Mall, Lahore to offer car enthusiasts a matchless experience through realistic 3D screens and huge floor-to-ceiling video walls. This is the first time that any automotive brand in Pakistan has introduced the idea of a digital store. The digital store is an innovative automotive retail concept that will feature a 3D technology to grab the attention of users and to enhance customer buying experience. Prospective customers will be able to go through an easy to use dashboard which will enable them to see a 3D model of the Hyundai cars. The dashboard will also show real-time information such as the functions, features, specifications and much more of Hyundai cars. The inauguration of the digital store also unveiled Hyundai’s most popular cars to Pakistan; the Santa Fe and the Grand Starex; • Hyundai Santa Fe is a 7-seater sporty vehicle, and it is among Hyundai’s most popular and trendy SUVs. It is available in seven different models across the world. • The 12-seater, Grand Starex; a premium transporter that is designed to provide superior comfort and convenience to the users. It has lots of space to accommodate a big family along with the luggage on longer journeys. Hyundai also announced its plan to launch Grand Starex van 2.4l in Pakistan starting from 3.99M to 5.2M only. Talking at the opening, Chief Operating

From left to right, Mr.Hitoshi Kaneko, Deputy COO Automotive Division,Sojitz Corporation,Mr.Jaephil Roy Lee, Sales Manager, Middle East and Africa Region, Hyundai Motor Company, Mr. Hasan Mansha,CEO Hyundai Nishat Motor (Pvt) Ltd., performing the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Pakistan's First Digital Car Showroom at Emporium Mall, Lahore

Officer of Hyundai, Mr. Tatsuya Sato stated, “I welcome all of you to the launch of our Hyundai City Store, which is our first achievement in Pakistan. This is an initial step of our incredible voyage to furnish our clients with a top-notch i nv o lv e men t . T hi s sp ec if i cal ly computerized showroom is a one of a kind idea store hoping to offer clients a well-disposed condition wherein they can investigate Modern Premium Hyundai Vehicles. Our vision is to end up the most “esteemed” and “cherished” car brand and reproduce the worldwide accomplishment of Hyundai in Pakistan.” Automotive enthusiasts and the public have warmly welcomed the launching

of the digital store in Pakistan as they are ready to experience an exciting journey ahead. The partnership of Hyundai and Nishat is a positive development for the Pakistani auto industry as it will break the monopoly of three Japanese automakers including Indus Motors, Pak Suzuki Motors, and Honda Atlas which has dominated the local auto industry since past three decades. In the future, Hyundai also plans to bring more famous models in Pakistan. Their target is to set new records of service and technology in automobiles industry.

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Why low localization in auto industry of Pakistan ? Policy fault or negligence of vendors, assemblers and importers Pakistan’s import bill for completely and semi knocked down kits in 7MFY19 rose to $777 million from $720 million. In FY18, country spent $1.321 billion for import of parts and accessories versus one billion dollars in FY17. Pakistan’s auto industry comprises of assemblers (who produce international local brands), vendors (who make auto parts for local assemblers) and importers (who feed the aftermarket and bring assemblies, sub assemblies, components and sub components for vendors and assemblers). Country’s auto sector is now more than 50 years old. If we have not achieved over 90 per cent localization in the auto sector during the last five decades then what we have really done for promoting localization in the country. If we have really achieved over 90 per cent localization then why the federal government (Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industries and Production, Ministry of Science and Technology and Board of Investment) are not serious in starting electric vehicles in Pakistan (electric bikes, commercial vehicles and passenger cars). For the last 15 years, successive governments have remained non serious in giving any effective policies to promote electric vehicles and also check deletion targets. Chairman Association of Pakistan Motorcycle Assemblers (APMA), Mohammad Sabir Sheikh said the current government, whose slogan is to bring change and betterment in the country, must ponder seriously in allowing electric vehicles manufacturers on low rate of customs duties for assembling of EVs (bikes and cars) and also allow lower rate of imported CBU electric vehicles for at least one year. Pakistan’s import bill for completely and semi knocked down kits in 7MFY19 rose to $777 million from $720 million. In FY18, country spent $1.321 billion for import of parts and accessories versus one billion dollars in FY17. Automobiles’ prices may rise further as assemblers have only passed on seven

per cent to 20pc price impact in the last one year to the consumers as against 26 per cent rupee devaluation against the dollar. The bike and car assemblers have surged prices four five to six times in 2018 claiming that only a portion has been passed on to the consumers. One dollar was equal to Rs 110 in interbank market in January 2018 versus current rate of Rs 139. Indus Motors Limited (IMC), the assembler and importer of Toyota vehicles, has swelled the price by 1220pc in 2018. Toyota Corolla XLI Ma nual Transmission (MT) is now priced at Rs 2.044mn versus Rs 1.819mn while Corolla GLI MT now sells at Rs 2.299mn as against Rs 1.949mn. GLI automatic now costs Rs 2.474mn which was Rs 2.024mn in Jan 2018. Fortuner Automatic carries price tag of Rs 6.799 as compared to Rs 5.899mn while Hilux Revo is now available at Rs 5.399 as compared to 4.649mn. The price of Suzuki Wagon R VXR and VXL is now Rs 1.224mn and Rs 1.314mn which were Rs 1.029mn and Rs 1.069mn. Cultus VXR, VXL and AGS now sell at Rs 1.410mn, Rs 1.531mn and

Rs 1.638mn versus Rs 1.250mn, Rs 1.391mn and Rs 1.528mn. Swift DLX NV and AT NV are now sold at Rs 1.555mn and Rs 1.691mn as against Rs 1.327mn and Rs 1.463mn in January 2018. The existing price of Bolan and Ravi is Rs 854,000 and Rs 776,000 as compared to Rs 725,000 and Rs 667,000. Honda Atlas Cars Pakistan Limited (HACPL) made price jump by seven to 19.7pc during 2018. Honda 1.8L VTI CVT and 1.8L VT SR CVT are now sold at Rs 2.809 and Rs 2.959 million as against Rs 2.349mn and Rs 2.499mn in January 2018, while Honda City manual and automatic, which were selling at Rs 1.549mn and Rs 1.689m, now sell at Rs 1.854mn and Rs 1.994mn. Honda BRV CVT carries price of Rs 2.484mn against Rs 2.329mn in January 2018. In bikes, Suzuki GD-110S, GS150, GS150SE and GR150 are now priced at Rs 155,000, Rs 162,000, Rs 180,000 and Rs 243,000 as against Rs 131,000, Rs 138,500, Rs 158,500 and Rs 219,000 in January 2018. Yamaha YB125Z, YBR125G and YBR125 now sell at Rs 123,500, Rs 144,500 and Rs 139,500 as compared to Rs 115,900, Rs 133,900 and Rs 129,900 in January 2018. Market sources said Atlas Honda Limited (AHL) has further surged prices of various models by Rs 400 on February 2, 2019. Honda CG125, CD70, CD Dream, Pridor 100cc, CB125F and CB125SE are now sold at Rs 115,900, Rs 69,900, Rs 73,900, Rs 95,900, Rs 159,900 and Rs 161,900. Website of Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM) claims of achieving higher localization of 70 per cent in cars, 92pc in two wheelers, 90pc in tractors and 78pc in three wheelers

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Monthly AutoMark International but in contrast, the import bill of completely and semi knocked down (CKD/SKD) kits continues upward trajectory. Suzuki Cultus and Swift have 44 per cent localized parts followed by 54 per cent in WagonR. The local content in Mehran and Ravi/Bolan is 70pc and 6870pc. Honda City is being rolled out with 68 per cent locally made parts while local contents in Civic and BR-V are 55pc and 46pc, Honda Atlas Cars claims. Soaring imports of raw material is one of the main issues for not achieving higher localization on which the vending industry relies heavily. Any change in rupee-dollar parity raises cost of imports. Vendors have already been struggling to get exemption of regulatory duty (RD) on import of steel parts. Many assemblers are not taking wheel rim from the local vendor industry for some of their newly launched models. However, Ministry of Science and Technology in its report in 2018 believes that the localization levels in cars and LCVs, motorcycles and tractors are satisfactory at the volumes that they are being produced. In the buses and trucks localization is low because very low volumes are produced. Similarly in case of SUVs the volume is low and thus the localization is low as well. Because the models of cars change every five years volume are critical to increase localization. With each change in model beside the design, the technology is changed as well, which requires substantial investments of billions of rupees. In tractors and motorcycles as models do not change radically if at all, thus more localization is possible due to higher volumes, the Ministry said. However, in reality, the situation is quite

reverse from the observation of Ministry. Consumers have been using more than 30 years old Mehran, Ravi and Bolan, while Cultus and Alto ended their journey after 16 years and 12 years without any complete model change in above vehicles. Honda Atlas Pakistan had been famous for changing complete model every five years but in case of Honda City the company has been assembling City since 2010. Only Indus Motors Limited (IMC) has been striving to achieve higher localization which is now 65pc in Toyota Corolla but company took too long to make a complete change in model. IMC claims over 65 per cent local content s in Corolla said rupee devaluation rate is higher than vehicle price increase. CKD kits are imported while raw materials for vendor parts are not made locally due to its dimensional precision and qualitative requirements. Rupee devaluation impacts on both essential imports, the company says. Unfortunately, one of the main reasons for not achieving desired results towards indigenization was low number of joint ventures. The Science Ministry observed that there are not enough technical assistance agreements (TAAs) or joint ventures (JVs). There is a need to do much more in auto part making. The technical fees and royalties that Pakistan pays are a fraction of what Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and India pays. Even that is taxed by provincial and Federal tax authorities. According to Science Ministry, there were 30 companies while the number of TAAs and JVs were 53 that produce 56 types of products. Sources said one of the leading car

assemblers have created different vending companies to make TAAs with them aimed at flourishing in house business, transfer pricing and profit repatriation to their Japanese assembler. The Ministry recommended that FED and Sales tax should be removed from Technology Acquisition and in fact the government should subsidies through a higher tax relief for technology acquisition. Market sources said CKD/SKD import bill is swelling owing to slow localization in new models like Cultus, WagonR, Swift, Honda Civic and Honda City. They said that the previous governments had never bothered in checking the pace of localization. For example, they said, after assembling Mehran, Ravi and Bolan for over 30 years the country should have witnessed a complete technology transfer from Suzuki Japan since these models have not been assembled for decades in many countries. In Paki st an, some government departments only prepare reports on the performance and wrong doings by the auto sector but there is virtually no practical check and balance on the assemblers on issues like multiple price hikes every year, low localization and quality, parts quality etc. In Pakistan, no laboratory exists for checking emission standards and engine versions like Euro II and Euro 1V. A leading heavy assembler had raised prices by 15 per cent in 2018. On an average, the localization level is 45pc. “Localization is by choice and there is no strict regulation after Tariff Based System (TBS),� the official said. A leading tractor assembler said his company has increased prices by three to 10pc in the last one year.

Chairman Association of Pakistan Motorcycle Assemblers (APMA), Mohammad Sabir Sheikh said the current government, whose slogan is to bring change and betterment in the country, must ponder seriously in allowing electric vehicles manufacturers on low rate of customs duties for assembling of EVs (bikes and cars) and also allow lower rate of imported CBU electric vehicles for at least one year. www.automark.pk | March-2019 | Page 27


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ISUZU D-Max is The Latest Entry G h a n d h a r a Industries Ltd (GIL) in partnership with Isuzu Motors introduced the full range of Isuzu D-Max Pickup to Pakistan's market. An elegant launching ceremony held on 14th February 2019 in Karachi. Isuzu D-Max is currently sold in more than 120 countries around the world and now Pakistan will be added as new market for Isuzu pickup trucks business. The roots of ISUZU go back to 1916 in Japan. That is when Tokyo Ishikawajima Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., Ltd. and Tokyo Gas and Electric Industrial Co. initiated plans for automobile production. Three years later in 1919, Japan's first truck was built. That was the beginning of a series of industry firsts that continues today.

vendor industry did not exist, therefore in addition to two assembly lines they also set up a machine shop, Press / Punching shop, Shearing machines,

Ghandhara Industries Limited is started in 1963. In a real sense the year of beginning of this history is 1953, when General Motors Overseas Distribution Corporation of USA established an automobile plant in Karachi. The plant was built upon an area of 18 acres in S.I.T.E. Karachi. General Motors has a plan to supply vehicles to whole of south east asia from Pakistan. As this was the first automobile company being established in Pakistan,at that time auto

carpentry shop, vulcanizing plant, battery testing facilities andchrome plating shops. General Motors had a vauxhall plant in UK from where CKD kits of Bedford Trucks were imported into Pakistan. Later in the year 1963 Perhaps, General Motors Pakistan feels that Pakistan market is too small for this automobile Giant of the world and they decided to sell this plant to Lt. General (R) Habibullah Khan Kattak in 1953,who

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Monthly AutoMark International renamed it as GhandharaIndustries Limited. GIL is a public limited company quoted on the Stock Exchange and registered under the Companies Act 1913. The new management under the chairmanship of Lt General (R) Habi bullah Khat tak C ont in ued assembling and marketing Bedford trucks and buses in Pakistan.Vauxhall, Holden and Chevrolet cars were also locally assembled and introduced in Pakistani market. Many engineering goods in addition to automobiles were produced in this plant. In the end of 60’s Ghandhara Industries were progressing in a very high pace. The group established another plant for engine assembly and manufacturing

namely Ghandhara Diesel Limited. As there was little competition Bedford trucks and buses sold like hot cakes. General Habibullah purchased one plot at Haroonabad, SITE for expansion of production Facilities and a portion of Bandukwala building on I.I. Chundrigar road for commercial use. Both these properties proved very useful in later years.Ghanadhara Industries was one of the few industries where workers were highly paid. Bedford truck achieved about 70 % Deletion. Since this was the first automobile company in Pakistan and virtually became an institution for the automobile professionals.It was used to be called mother of automotive

industry in Pakistan.The engineers and professionals to establish other

Bedford trucks was shrinking and Isuzu sales also did not pick up. The revenue

automobile companies of Pakistan such as Hino, Master, Afzal Motors, Sindh Engineering, Pak Suzuki Motors were from Ghandhara Industries. Unfortunately Ghandhara Industries and Ghandhara Diesel Limited were nationalized in the year 1972 and renamed as National Motors Limited and Bela Engineers Ltd respectively. In the year 1972 National Motors Limited formally known as Ghandhara Industries Limited has introduced ISUZU Trucks and Pickups in Pakistan Market. NML also included Isuzu Truck FTR 12 K and MT 112 in its production line in early Eighties. However the market for

did not support the income and NML started bleeding from the year 1987-88 onwards. In 1991 Vauxhall UK plant was closed so the supply of Bedford Truck CKD kits was discontinued. NML was ow left with Isuzu franchise only. However NML entered into an agreement with Karachi Road Transport in 1991 for the supply 100 buses they also made another service agreement with KTC, to maintain their fleet of buses and ensure them that all buses would remain on the road all the time. At last with the government policy of Denationalization NML was sold to Bibojee group of Companies of General Habib Ullah Khan Kattak (the original

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owners) in 1992. Nat ional Mot ors Li mi ted af ter privatization was again renamed Ghandara Industries Limited. The new management under the chairmanship of General (R) Habibullah Khattak immediately set three goals to make this venture, viable 1. To pay off loans of the banks 2. To reduce losses (Accumulated losses at that time were to the tune of Rs. 296 million). 3.To add new models of Isuzu and assembly of Nissan car in GIL.

Loans of the banks were paid within three to four years by selling the Banduwala building which was purchased by the then GIL Management in early 6osas mentioned earlier. Light commercial vehicles, ISUZU Brand NPR trucks and NPR buses were added initialy in 1993-94. The planned assembly of Nissan car was however shifted to Ghandara Nissan, another company of Bibojee group of companies. Lt. General (R) Habibullah Khattak

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passed away in 1994 and his son Mr. Ahmed Kuli Khan Khattak took over as new Chief Executive of GIL. The new management made strenuous efforts to bring back the glory of it’s hey days of 1963-71. More new models of ISUZU such as FVR was introduced in early 90s. Soon Isuzu model FVZ was also introduced in Pakistani market. ISUZU D-Max Pickup is the latest family member of Ghandhara Industries Limited.

Ghandhara assembly plants located in the outskirts of Karachi spread over 50 ACRES ISUZU D-MAX Plant (Production Capacity 5,280 units on single shift) - Assy of Isuzu D-MAX Pickup Trucks - Total Area 4.5 Acres, Covered Area 10,000 sq. meter Truck Plant (Production Capacity 6,120 units on single shift) - Truck Plant Functions (Full CKD Production Plant) - Cab Metal, Engine, Axle Shops - Electro Deposit (E.D.) Paint. www.automark.pk | March-2019 | Page 30


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Are Electric Cars coming to Pakistan? The world is steadily moving towards a sustainable future, and this means that the automobile industry shift will be towards emission-free cars – electric cars. The demand for electric vehicles has significantly increased in the past few years due to its eco-friendly qualities. According to some stats, the global market for electric cars will reach 35% in the coming two decades. To keep the environment clean and safe and move with the rest of the world, the auto industry of Pakistan will eventually have to shift to the electric vehicles. Anticipating a huge demand in the Pakistani market as well, S. Zial-ul-Haq & Sons is bringing electric cars to Pakistan. The group has already imported 4 Units in CBU condition of Chinese battery operated cars “Cnevrover” brand in Karachi and more units are on the way to Pakistan, which are currently for R&D and testing phase, these are 3.5KW Electric Car, Lithium Battery, 4passenger, Left Hand-drive. The company is interested to assemble and manufacturer this car in future in Pakistan. According to Automark’s information from some reliable sources, the company is intended to build an assembly plant in Karachi for the manufacturing and assembling of Cnevrover electric cars. Electric cars can bring the import bill down considerably in Pakistan as they run on a single electrical motor, not requiring additional costs of oiling and

other expenses associated with the engine. The long term benefits of electric cars are many, but the investment needed for these cars to kick off in the market is significant, both on the part of manufacturers and the government. Specifications of the Car Driven type: Rear drive Steering system: Rack and pinion Brake system: Hydraulic disc brake Motor cooling system: Air cooling Motor: 70V 3.5KW AC Battery: 12V/120Ah Lead-acid battery: 6 pieces Charging time: 6-8H Charging type : External type charger, 220V Controller: 3.5kW PMAC Distance per charge: 120-150kms, base on battery Brake distance: 5-8 meters Grade ability : 15% Tire type: 175/70R12 aluminous

wheel Window: Colors:

Power window White and blue, grey red

About S. Zial-ul-Haq & Sons Since 1918, SZS in engaged in providing services par excellence and is serving major Oil & Gas Explorations in the most difficult remote areas in Pakistan as well as Overseas. SZS is an ISO & HACCP certified company committed to improving services through rigorous training and upgrading plans. SZS is continually striving to adopt new technology and practices to add more value to the services. We are following HACCP principles in food services which we have put at the forefront of the market. We strongly believe in customer satisfaction which is the essence of our success. SZS is proposing one window solution to fulfill its customer needs in the Hospitality industry.

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KIA Sportage SUV may launch in Pakistan in August 2019 The South Korean auto giant Kia Lucky Motors is again came back to Pakistan and they are bringing the powerful and much-loved SUV back in the Pakistan market. The 4th Generation Kia Sportage is packed with many amazing features including a new design, more powerful and more efficient engines that gives impressive fuel economy and power efficiency. The two (2.0 L or 2.4 L) four-cylinder turbo engine leads to 240-horsepower and 6-speed automatic transmission provide a smoother drive on the roads. Kia Lucky Motors Pakistan is aiming to start local production of vehicles by the first quarter of the next fiscal year 201920 i.e. between July and September 2019.

Notable Features include: • Dual SRS Bags with side safety curtains • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) • Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) • Multi-information digital display • Rear Cross Traffic Alert RCTA • Large panoramic sunroof • 4.2 inch colour TFT-LCD • Blind-spot detection • Ventilated/ heated seats • AUX & USB ports • Parking Assist System with Reversing camera • Wireless Smartphone Charger Under the agreement, Kia Lucky Motors is supposed to set-up an automobile assembly plant worth $115 million in Karachi. The company aims to produce a wide range of commercial and

Pak Suzuki to produce of Mehran VX Limited Edition for its customers in Pakistan. In a notification to authorized dealerships across country, Pak Suzuki Motors Limited (PSMCL) has informed that the company is pleased to introduce Mehran VX Limited Edition with Air condition features. The car will be available in three colours i.e White, Silky Silver, and Graphite Grey and comes with a price tag of PKR 825,000. It is important to mention that last year in Sept ember Su zuki of fi ci ally announced to discontinue its all-time favorite and popular Mehran’s VX model from April 2019. According to a notification issued by Pak Suzuki to its dealers, the company said that the production of the Mehran VX (without an air-conditioner) will be discontinued from November 2018 while the production of the VXR variant (with an air-conditioner) will be discontinued at the end of March 2019. PSMCL had also requested its vendors to carry out effective material and production management for smooth production of remaining vehicles and to avoid any surplus inventory at either end at the time of model discontinuation.

It has also been reported that the Japanese automaker has decided to replace Mehran with 660cc Alto’s variants by the mid of 2019. According to sources, Suzuki has taken the difficult decision to discontinue one of its most-selling cars was due to the pressure from Suzuki Japan. Suzuki Pakistan had to discontinue Mehran after it was turning increasingly expensive for the parent company to provide the engine parts for the car.

passenger vehicles. According to social media rumours the South Korean automaker has already sold out 5 CBU Sportage cars in Pakistan and got positive and better experience from Pakistani customers. Now, the company may launch local assembled of KIA Sportage in August 2019 that is the need of Pakistan's Customers. Kia Sportage will be priced is not confirmed yet however, some sources saying its around PKR 4,000,000 in the Pakistani market and in upcoming days it will be seen running on the roads. For more updates, stay tuned to www.Automark.pk

Pak Suzuki going to launch Suzuki Swift in 2019? There has been a lot of speculations in the auto markets that Pak Suzuki will launch the 4th generation Suzuki Swift in 2019 with a price tag of 16 Lacs PKR. The expected launch date is in June 2019, but Pak Suzuki has denied the news saying that nothing can be confirmed at this stage. While talking to Automark, sources confirmed that Pak Suzuki have imported some mild hybrid Swift but have not decided to launch it yet. H o we v er , mar ke t so u rc es a re anticipating that Pak Suzuki is launching Suzuki Swift that will come equipped with multiple engine configuration including a 3 cylinder 1.0 Liter boosterjet engine, KB12 1.2L petrol, SVS Hybrid and couple of diesel engines including a 1.3L and 1.5L. According to the rumors, the new Suzuki Swift is equipped with many types of driving convenience, high safety, sufficient legroom and sufficient boot space for a hatchback. The main competitors of Suzuki Swift 2019 will be Toyota Vitz, Suzuki Ignis, Honda Fit, and Toyota Aqua. It remains to be seen whether the company will make a public statement regarding these rumours or not. For more updates, keep tuned to Automark

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Honda starts campaign offering free Airbag Replacements in Pakistan In an effort to improve the safety and avoid any controversies, Honda Pakistanisonce again offering free airbag replacements. Honda Pakistan has started a campaign to replace the airbags free of cost. The vehicles being offered this free treatment are as following: Honda Civic Model 2006-12 Honda Cry Model 2008-11 Honda Accord Model 2004-12 It is essential to be cautious about your safety as airbags play a vital role in preventing serious injuries in case of an accident. During some accidental situation when the airbag is deployed, the inflator part of the airbag may ignite in such a manner that it creates excessive

internal pressure which may causethe metal inflator to rupture, causing metal fragments to be propelled through the airbag and into the vehicle. This could result in a serious injury or in worst case death. Please check to see if your vehicle is affected. If it is, please urgently contact your preferred Honda Dealer to have the necessary components replaced free of charge. Once your vehicle is received at the dealership, it will have a modified inflator installed into the airbag module. The work will take approximately 1 hour to complete and will be carried out free of charge.

RD on import of over 43 items rationalized The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has rationalised regulatory duty on imports of over 43 items including abolition of RD on the import of input materials used for manufacturing of auto parts by local vendors. The FBR has amended SRO 1255(I)/2018 through an SRO 190(1)/2019 issued here on Tuesday under which RD has been abolished or reduced on different items of Pakistan Customs Tariff (PCT) headings. RD has also been abolished on the import of certain items under SRO 190(1)/2019. According to the notification, the RD would not be applicable on the import of sub-components, components and sub-assemblies of automotive vehicles, automotive climate control equipment and automotive batteries meant for in-house use or supply to OEMs and assemblers or sale in the open market. The federal government has also abolished RD on the import of raw materials, sub-components, components and sub-assemblies, as are not manufactured locally, imported for the manufacture of components and a s s e mb l i e s b y i mp o r t e r - c u m manufacturer having suitable in-house facilities. The RD has been reduced on the import

of ground nuts (not roasted) 40 percent to 30 percent; chocolate and other food preparations containing cocoa (except PCT codes PCT code 1806.2020) from 30 percent to 15 percent; malt extracts, food preparations of flour, groats, meal, starch or malt extract from 20 percent to 15 percent; master batches from 15 percent to 10 percent; preperpations put up for retail sale from 25 percent to 15 percent; RD of 5 percent would be applicable on products suitable for use as glues or adhesives, put up for retail sale as glues or adhesives, not exceeding a net weight of 1kg; floor coverings of plastics 30 to 20 percent; other woven fabrics of cotton of polyester 5 percent to 2.5percent; parts of footwear 15 percent to 10 percent; other glass from 15 percent to 5 percent; padlocks, locks of a kind used in furniture, other locks and other locks suitable for furniture from 10 percent to 5 percent; enamelled and coated for antirust purposes (if imported by registered units of air conditioner manufacturers) from 10 percent to 5 percent; covers for inner body (except imported by registered units of air conditioner manufacturers) from 10 percent to 5 percent; furniture parts from 35 percent to 15 percent and RD has been reduced on the import of vacuum flacks from 40 percent to 30 percent.

General Tyre clarifies rumors regarding investment in new plant The General Tyre & Rubber Company has issued clarificationon certain news items doing rounds these days, regarding a potential investment of $200-$300 million by the company to set up a new plant in Faisalabad. In the clarification which was issued to PSX on Monday, the Board of Directors of the Company informed that it had granted approval to the management to carry out due diligence exercise for acquisition of land for future expansion on April 28, 2017, which was communicated to the PSX on the same date. Moreover, the notice said that the management is in the process of evaluating various options and decision regarding location of plant and quantum of investment has not yet been taken. “The PSX and stakeholders shall be immediately informed once any decision in this regard has been taken by the Board of Directors” it added.

Overloading ban – Federal government enforces a weight limit on trucks The Federal government has decided to enforce the load limit on trucks plying on the nati onal highways and motorways. In a letter sent to the Chairman of Fleet Operators Association of Pakistan (FOAP) by Ministry of Communication, overloading on provincial highways will be considered Illegal and heavy fine would be imposed, officials said. In a meeting held on 16-01-2019, all the DIsG/Zonal Commanders of NHM&MP were directed to sensitize the cluster points of load origin including KPT, Port Qasim, PIBT, freight agents, truck operators, and importers/exporters and check the permissible load limits which is 58,500 kg. This includes the payload, weight of tractor head and weight of semi-trailer. As per National Highway Safety Ordinance 2000, the government would start crackdown after the deadline 1502-2019 against those who will not abide by the load per axle instructions.

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Exclusive Interview with Mashood Ali Khan On the occasion of the 16th edition of Pakistan Auto Show As the convener of the show my fundamental job is to create a platform for business orientation and policy making I have internationally marketed the event at two international exhibitions, i.e. Aatomechanica Frankfurt and China International and met with international associations to attract them to visit Pakistan to make a feasibility on the potential this market holds

we are trying to meet with all the commercial wings of embassies present in Pakistan, we have currently mobilized the following embassies and their economic wings will be visiting the show for future marketing and attracting visitors from their countries

Could you please tell us about PAAPAM and its vendor’s investment for local OEM ‘S? PAAPAM is a platform for local tier 1 manufacturers where they can address the issues of the industries and strategize future growth potential jointly. The association is currently involved in the following areas: 1. Policy Making and lobbying to make sure the policies are inclined towards the betterment of its vendors and the industry. 2. Marketing the industry locally and internationally through exhibitions 3. Capacity building of the workforce of t he i nd ust ry thro ug h i ts ski ll

development center. 4. Facilitating its members to achieve their goals The auto component sector serves the automobile assemblers and the rep lacement market. T he aut o component manufacturing companies act as vendors and suppliers to local Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) bydelivering them various automobile components to be used in the assembly of a vehicle. The market size of the global auto component industry was valued at US$ 335.2b in 2016 and is expected to grow at a moderate CompoundAnnual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 3.2% over the next five

years. Globally, investment in the OEM sector has been risingat a CAGR of 4% since 2016; sustained growth in vehicle off-take is likely to complement growth in sales of autocomponents Localization levels (proportion of components manufactured locally by OEMs) of vehicles in Pakistan are fairly high interms of number of components installed in the vehicle. However, localization in terms of cost is on the lower side.It is estimated that two of the largest firms, Indus Motor Company Limited (INDUS), Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan)Limited (HACPL) and Pak Suzuki Motor Company Ltd have localization levels of ~55-65% for

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Monthly AutoMark International their main models. These local iz ati on lev els have beenachieved through decades of investing in a local parts vendor network (technology transfer, JVs with foreign partvendors, training and direct investment) and in-house parts manufacturing. For instance, INDUS and Corolla had 20%localization in 1993, which rose to 50% in 2015. Over the time, INDUS has transferred technology to over 60 localparts suppliers and set up over 27 technical assistance agreements between their vendor net work and specializedinternational parts suppliers, this is the same case for Pak Suzuki Motor Company ltd. What is the history of Pakistan Auto Show? The Show started in 2005 in Islamabad when the basic objective was to be “RECOGNIZED” as a potential industry of Pakistan and Policy makers were invited to get an idea of the attributes of the industry. After the first edition, the show has grown tremendously over the years and this year marks the 16th edition of the mega event. The Pakistan Auto Show came into being to provide our industry a platform from the country to showcase its capability and potential to the world. It is three day event with the entire Auto Engineering Sector assembled under one roof. You can expect Government High ups, Local and International Buyers and manufacturers, Machinery Manufacturers, Raw Material Providers, service providers and much more at the event. The initial objective still prevails today with further inclusions such as: 1. Branding Pakistan’s Auto Industry internationally as a reliable sourcing destination for Engineering Components especially in the Agricultural Machinery sector. 2. Engaging the Government and National Policy Makers to understand the challenges the industry is facing, and p rovi de possible solut ions 3. Growing the industry from a support developing industry to a full-fledged developed Industry. 4. Creating a portal for international buyers, both current and potential, to attend and commence / grow the business. 5. Promote local development and industrialization of auto parts in Pakistan

6. Promote Joint Ventures and Technical Collaborations by showcasing what the Pakistan auto industry has to offer 7. Attract international buyers to make Pakistan one of the leading export houses of automotive components & accessories in the region. How you see upcoming Auto Show-2019 in Karachi and what efforts you had done being convener of this show. Specially for international delegations and foreign missions in Pakistan? The 2019 edition of the show will focus on Technology Collaboration and Joint Ventures. Pakistan is a Land of untapped opportunity. With many fruits to offer to the global community. The Auto Engineering Industry of this country is an example of such potential, it is on trajectory to rapid growth. This is obvious as this industry is being invaded by New Original Equipment Manufacturers from all over the world. Car makers like Kia, Hyundai, Renault, FAW, have already entered the market with other segments especially the Truck Segment to see new players as well. Policies towards new entrants ensure that localization is inventible in the next 3 years. As the convener of the show my fundamental job is to create a platform for business orientation and policy making. I have internationally marketed the event at two international exhibitions, i.e. Aatomechanica Frankfurt and China International and met with international associations to attract them to visit Pakistan to make a feasibility on the potential this market holds. Second, we are trying to meet with all the commercial wings of embassies present in Pakistan, we have currently mobilized the following embassies and their economic wings will be visiting the show for future marketing and attracting visitors from their countries: Russia, France, Korea, China, Japan, USA, Germany, Holland are some of the countries heads we visited. Also this year the largest gathering of international exhibitors will be displaying their goods at the event. These exhibitors will be here looking for local partners, and that what the local vendor community needs to capitalize on. The only way forward is upgrading technolog so we can compete with the

world. How this Auto Show will be fruitful for Pakistani auto parts manufactures? The show is undisputedly the country’s largest gathering of leading auto parts suppliers and auto service providers from all over the country, covering the full range of motor vehicles parts as well as components for the drive, chassis, body, electrics and electronic groups, as well as equipment for vehicle service and repair, bodywork repair and painting, tires & batteries. While introducing the automotive market’s most recent technology, services and solutions, the exhibition provides excellent opportunities for leading brands, automotive accessories and spare parts companies, and aftersales service providers to expand their sales network and strengthen their presence in the region’s fastest growing garage gear market. The country is already competitive in the casting and forging sector. With Skilled Economic Labor and capacities to deal in low volumes Pakistan is becoming the future manufacturing hub for Auto Parts especially in the case of Tractors as we are producing the cheapest tractor in the world. I have tried to create a platform for the following: 1. Original Equipment Manufactures representing Tractors, Cars, Trucks, motorcycle buses 2. Local and international Parts Manufacturers 3. Allied industry 4. Government offices 5. Policy Makers 6. Aftermarket and Traders 7. Academia 8. And many more The latest area is the participation of new entrants in the mega event, already KIA has reserved Diamond sponsor at the event to showcase their new products for consumers. Also other new entrants will be visiting with their development team to shortlist and identify potential vend ors which will be a great opportunity.

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Over 70 Chinese companies to attend Pakistan Auto Show

Over 70 Chinese companies will participate and exhibit their products in the three-day Pakistan Auto Show scheduled to be held at Karachi Expo Center from April 12 to 15. “More than 70 compani es manufacturing motorcycles and its different parts and automobiles will showcase their products in the show to be organized by Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories,” a senior official at Embassy of Pakistan informed here on Thursday. He said the government would provide all possible facilities to these companies during the auto show. China Auto Modification Accessories Association Vice President Zhang Yazhu who purchased 85 booths for Chinese companies to display their products at the exhibition said more companies were willing to participate in the auto show. She informed that some big companies particularly Congqing Zongshen Group, Chongqing Shun Hong Import and Export, Fujian Dongya Machinery and Shandong Province Liangshan Shenli Auto would also be participating.

These companies were manufacturing motorcycles, motorcycle engine and body parts and piston rings for motorcycle, automobile, and generators, she added. Zhang, who had been regularly facilitating Chinese exhibitors to participate in the Pakistan Auto Show since 2016, said, the number of Chinese exhibitors kept growing tremendously during the last three years. “We bought three booths in the auto show held in 2016, 68 booths in 2017 and 81 booths in 2018,” she added. Pakistan Auto Show is the pioneering trade exhibition for the rapidly developing automotive aftermarket in Pakistan. The largest exhibition of automobiles in

the country will feature a display of the full range of motor vehicles parts as well as components for the drive, chassis, body, electrics and electronic groups, as well as equipment for vehicle service and repair, bodywork repair and painting, tyres and batteries. The last year’s auto show held in Lahore attracted more than 200 companies, comprising 125 domestic enterprises and 78 international exhibitors. The international exhibitors included renowned companies from Japan, China, Germany, France, Turkey, Thailand, Taiwan, England USA, UAE, and Sri Lanka. The event also featured more than 275 international buyers...

Welcome to the Pakistan Auto Show (PAPS) 2019 Maximise your trade potential at PAPS 2019

The Pakistan Auto Show came into being to provide our industry a platform from the country to showcase its capability and potential to the world. It is three day event with the entire Auto Engineering Sector assembled under one roof. You can expect Government High ups, Local and International Buyers and manufacturers, Machinery

Manufacturers, Raw Material Providers, service providers and much more at the event. Organized by PAAPAM, the Pakistan Auto Show 2019, will be announce exhibition date soon at the Karachi Expo Centre. Based on previous Auto Show estimates, the Pakistan Auto Show 2019 is expected to draw a crowd of more

than 100,000 visitors from parts manufacturers, component suppliers, auto lovers and affluent auto mobile buyers to get a glimpse of the latest models from the world’s leading automakers in the motorcycle, three wheeler, car, tractor, trucks and buses.

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Doctor Ata-Ur-Rahman’s Insightful Column about Auto Industry

In the next eight years, there won’t be any petrol or diesel vehicles sold around the globe. The world is shifting towards renewable resources, and electric vehicles are gaining popularity. This significant development would result in diminished prices of petroleum fuels destroying the petroleum industry. Major automobile players would also suffer tremendously if they don’t see this inevitable shift in the industry. It’s predicted that petrol would be sold for less than $25 per barrel. This would result in shutting down of petrol stations, and people would prefer traveling in rented vehicles rather than their cars. With such drastic changes, automobile companies need to shift towards producing electric vehicles to ensure their sustainability. A recent report on these upcoming developments has shaken the automobile industry and oil producing nations. Arab countries that have benefited from selling oil for decades would go back to their dark ages of the 1950s. With their economy built upon oil unlike Korea, Finland, and other progressive states, it’s quite vulnerable. These Arab states are spending their revenue on luxurious

items and purchasing war weapons from developed countries. The biggest breakthrough in today’s world is electric batteries with increased capacity and lower charging times. Last week, a major discovery was made in which you could charge these “flow batteries” by simply changing the electrolyte. This implies that in future, we’ll have battery stations where you can change the electrolyte. The major cost of an electric vehicle are the batteries which cost around 40%. Therefore, research is being done to produce batteries that are long-lasting and have high capacity. From 2012, the

price to produce 1 kWh in these batteries was $542 which has been reduced to $139 in 2019. It’s expected that the cost will lower down to around $100 in 2020. Electric cars are more efficient than your average petrol vehicle as they have more acceleration and can travel more than 350 km in a single charge. The advancement in technology and research is helping to lower down the price of the electric vehicle. It’s predicted that the cheapest electric vehicle would cost around $20,000 by 2022. Renowned Professor Shiba claims that by 2025, all new cars on the road would be electric vehicles. India and China have also joined this bandwagon and are working towards eradicating fossil fuel vehicles from their countries. India aims to remove any fossil fuel vehicles from its road by 2032 and is taking appropriate actions towards that objective. China envisions producing 700,000 electric cars annually by 2025. Right now we are witnessing a memorable chapter in human history where we’ll see the demise of the automobile and p et r ol eum in d ust r i es and t h e subsequent consequences on various economies of countries.

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2019 Toyota Hiace Unveiled With Up To 17 Seats It's significantly longer and wider than its predecessor

Originally introduced back in 1967, the Toyota Hiace is now entering its sixth generation with a significant jump in size for both the standard and long roof versions. The table attached below reflects the vehicle’s growth, allowing t he m ul t i - p u r p o s e v e h i c l e t o accommodate as many as 17 people in the Commuter version destined for private bus use. There are a plethora of seating layouts available, including a two-seat vanmodel for carrying voluminous cargo such as pallets. Body type: Normal / Standard Roof Long / High Roof Length: 5,265 mm [+570 mm] 5,915 mm [+535 mm] Width: 1,950 mm [+255 mm] 1,950 mm [+70 mm] Height: 1,990 mm [+10 mm] 2,280 mm [-5 mm] Wheelbase: 3,210 mm [+640 mm] 3,860 mm [+750 mm] Power will be provided by either a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 gasoline

engine or a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel, with a choice between a sixspeed manual or an automatic transmission. Switching to a new “semihood” design means the engine is no longer positioned on top of the front axle, which in turn provides better ergonomics for the driver and the front passenger. The people sitting in front won’t be bothered anymore by any heat and vibration coming from underneath the seat. In addition, servicing the engine will be easier since mechanics will have far better access to the engine

compartment. According to Toyota, the 2019 Hiace offers lower noise, vibration, and harshness levels thanks to a completely new body derived from the design behind the company’s new TNGA platform. The upgrades made to hardware will translate into lower driver fatigue over extended distances while ensuring a high level of safety having achieved the performance equivalent of five stars in the Euro NCAP crash test. Like before, the Toyota Hiace will largely be sold in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Oceania, Latin America, and Mexico. Interestingly, the JDM-spec model won’t make the transition to the new generation, with Toyota deciding to keep the old model as-is, citing “different local market environment.” The revamped model will initially go on sale in the Philippines before being gradually introduced to other regions across the world. Source: Toyota

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Car / Light Vehicle Price List SUZUKI Model Model

WAGON-R VXR 1000cc Euro II WAGON-R VXL 1000cc Euro II MEHRAN VX 800cc Euro II MEHRAN VXR 800cc SUZUKI SWIFT 1.3L DLX SUZUKI SWIFT 1.3L Automatic NEW CULTUS VXR MT 1000cc NEW CULTUS VXL MT 1000cc NEW CULTUS VXL AGS 1000cc BOLAN VX 80cc EURO II BOLAN CARGO RAVI PICK-UP STD 800cc E2

SUZUKI MEGA CARRY 1.5 MT SUZUKI CIAZ (A/T) 1400cc SUZUKI CIAZ (M/T) 1400cc JIMMY 1328cc JLSX MT APV 1.5L GLX MT (Petrol) VITARA GLX AT 1.6 VVT

Ex Factory Price Rs. 1224,000 Rs. 1314,000 Rs. 789,000 Rs. 854,000 Rs. 1,555,000 Rs. 1,691,000 Rs. 1,410,000 Rs. 1,531,000 Rs. 1,638,000 Rs. 854,000 Rs. 820,000 Rs. 776,000 Rs. 1,299,000 Rs. 2,200,000 Rs. 2,060,000 Rs. 2,393,000 Rs. 3,040,000 Rs. 3,990,000

Filer

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HONDA Model Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda Honda

Price

BR-V i-VTEC 1500cc CVT BR-V i-VTEC S 1500cc Model Civic i-VTEC 1.8L Civic i-VTEC Oriel 1.8L City 1.3L Manual City 1.3L Prosmatec HYUNDAI City 1.5L Manual City 1.5L Automatic Aspire Manual 1.5L Aspire Prosmatec 1.5L

Rs. 2,399,000 Rs. 2,499,000 Price Rs. 2,824,000 Rs. 2,974,000 Rs. 1,869,000 Rs. 2,009,000 Rs. 1,929,000 Rs. 2,693,000 Rs. 2,079,000 Rs. 2,219,000

15,000 15,000 7,500 7,500 50,000 50,000 15,000 15,000 15,000 7,500 7,500 7,500

TOYOTA COROLLA Model XLI VVT-i 1.3L M/T XLI VVT-i 1.3L A/T GLI VVT-i 1.3L M/T GLI VVT-i 1.3 A/T ALTIS 1.6L Dual VVT-i A/T ALTIS 1.8L Dual VVT-i A/T Corolla Altis M/T SR 1.8L (Grande CVT) Corolla Altis A/T SR 1.8L (Grande CVT) FORTUNER A/T 4x2 2694CC

Toyota Hilux Pickup 4x2 sc Model

Rs. 2,914,500

Toyota Hilux Pickup 4x4 E Model

Price

Toyota HILUX 2494cc, Diesel Turbo Charger Common Rail Engine, 4x4 Double Cabin - Standard Model

Rs. 4,555,000

FAW MOTORS

Price

Rs. 899,000 K01 997CC, 2700mm K07 997CC, 6 Seater, AC/PS/PW Rs.1,099,000 Rs.1,049,000 K07 997CC, 6 Seater, without K0711 997CC, 6 Seater, 2019 Rs.1,125,000 C37 1500CC, 11 Seater,withoutAC Rs.1,660,000 C37 1500CC, 11 Seater,AC/PS/PW Rs.1,770,000 Prince Glroy 330 1499cc M/T Rs.1,850,000 Prince Glroy 370 1499cc M/T Rs.2,150,000 Prince Glroy 580T 1499cc A/T Rs.3,450,000

Price

Brand New Toyota Hilux Pickup, 4x2, 2500cc Single Cabin, White only, Hilux STD

PRINCE DFSK PAKISTAN Model

Price Rs. 2,049,000 Rs. 2,124,000 Rs. 2,304,000 Rs. 2,379,000 Rs. 2,579,000 Rs. 2,819,000 Rs. 2,869,000 Rs. 3,004,000 Rs. 6,407,000

TOYOTA REVO DAIHATSU Model & Price

Vigo Champ-V MT Revo G M/T 1GD-FTV 2755cc

4,865,000 Revo V A/T 1GD-FTV 2755cc Vigo Champ-G AT 5,095,000

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Model FAW Carrier DL 1000cc FAW Carrier 1000cc STD FAW Carrier 1000cc (Flat Bed) FAW XPV 1000cc Std FAW XPV-Dual A/C FAW XPV-Dual A/C PE (Power Edition)

FAW V2 1300cc M/T Local Assembled

Rs. 9,19,000 Rs. 9,39,000 Rs. 929,000 Rs. 1,034,000 Rs. 1,094,000 Rs. 1,119,000 Rs. 1,289,000

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Rs. 41,800/= Rs. 43,800/= Sr./ Product & Model Name No. 1. Honda CD-70 2. Honda CD Dream 3. United US 70 4. United Extreme 70 5. Road Prince Bullet 6. Road Prince 70cc 7. Unique UD-70 8. Super Power SP-70 9. Super Power Deluxe 10. Super Star SS-70 11. Hi-Speed SR-70 12. Ravi Premium R1

Retail Price Rs. 69,500/= Rs. 73,500/= Rs. 43,500/= Rs 44,500/= Rs. 45,500/= Rs. 41,000/= Rs. 46,000/= Rs. 45,700/= Rs. 55,000/= Rs. 44,000/= Rs. 47,000/= Rs. 46,950/=

125/150/200cc Motorcycle No. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

Brand & Model Name

Retail Price

Honda CG-125 STD Rs. 114,500/= Honda CG-125 DX Rs. 129,500/= Honda CD-125 Dream Rs. 109,400/= Honda CB-150F Rs. 187,000/= United US-125 Euro 2 Rs. 70,000/= Road Prince 125cc Rs. 67,000/= RP WEGO 150cc Rs. 180,000/= Super Power SP 125cc Rs. 69,000/= Super Power Archi 150cc Rs. 140,000/= Super Power SP 200cc Rs. 2,00,000/= Unique UD 125cc Rs. 70,000/= Unique UD 150cc Crazer Rs. 165,000/= Super Star SS-125 Rs. 68,800/= Super Star SS-125 DLX Rs. 67,000/= Hi-Speed SR-125cc Rs. 76,000/= Hi-Speed Infinity SR-150 Rs. 175,000/= Hi-Speed SR-200 Freedom Rs. 200,000/= Metro MR-125 Regular Rs. 67,000/= Ravi Piaggio Storm 125 Rs. 108,000/= Yamaha YBR-125Z Rs. 123,500/= Yamaha YBR-125G (2018) Rs. 144,500/= Yamaha YBR-125 Rs. 139,500/= Crown CR-125 Rs. 65,000/= Zxmco ZX-125-Euro II Rs. 71,600/= Zxmco ZX-200cc Rs. 2,45,000/=

Sr./ No. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

Product & Model Name Ravi Hamsafar-70 Bionic AS-70 Crown CR-70 Metro Premier+ 70cc Union Star Ms Jaguar MS 70

( DREAM)

Zxmco ZX-70 Regular Leader LD-70

Retail Price Rs. 43,500/= Rs. 45,500/= Rs. 42,000/= Rs. 45,600/= Rs. 44,000/= Rs. 43,800/= Rs. 42,300/= Rs. 44,000/=

100cc/110cc Motorcycle No. Brand &Model Name 1. Honda Pridor 2. United US-100 Euro 2 3. Road Prince 110cc 4. Unique UD-100 5. Super Power SP-100 6. Hi-Speed Classic SR-100 7. Hi-Speed Alpha SR 100 8. Super Star SS-100 9. Crown CR-100 10. MS JAGUAR MS 100 11. Zxmco ZX-100-SS 12. Leader Classic LD-100

Retail Price Rs. 95,500/= Rs. 50,000/= Rs. 48,500/= Rs. 80,000/= Rs. 60,000/= Rs. 51,000/= Rs. 90,000/= Rs. 57,000/= Rs. 52,000/= Rs. 48,800/= Rs. 51,600/= Rs. 52,900/=

Suzuki Motorcycle Sr./ Product & Retail Price No. Model Name 1. GS-150 SE Euro-II Rs. 180,000/= 2. GD 110S Self Start Rs. 155,000/= 3. GS-150 Rs. 162,000/= 4. NEW GR-150 Rs. 243,000/= 5. Sprinter Rs. 119,900/= Heavy Bikes Product & Sr./ Retail Price Model Name No. Rs. 599,000/= 1. Inazuma GW 250 Rs. 1,700,000/= 2. Intruder M800 3. Hayasuba GSX1300R Rs. 2,600,000/= Rs. 14,50,000/= 4. Bandit GSF650SA 5. Honda ADA CB250F Rs. 6,40,000/= 6. Super Power Sultan-250 Rs. 2,90,000/=

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China's Changan offers discounts to car buyers in rural areas Honda recalls 106K trucks due to risk car wash soap could cause fuel leak, fire Honda is recalling more than 106,000 of its newer Ridgeline pickup trucks in the United States due to the risk that acids like car wash soaps could cause a fuel leak thus increasing the risk of fire. The recall covers 106,683 Ridgeline trucks from model years 2017, 2018 and 2019, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “A crack in the fuel pump feed port can allow pressurized fuel to leak out, increasing the risk of a fire,” the federal documents read. “Exposure to acids such as from car wash soaps, can result in the fuel pump feed port cracking.” Once owners are notified, dealers will replace the fuel pump and install a new fuel pump cover, if necessary, for free. The recall notification period is expected to start March 7. The automaker has received 14 warranty claims, six field reports but no reports of fires or injuries related to the recall. According to documents filed with the NHTSA, Honda determined the need to conduct a recall back on Jan. 17. 2019 Honda Ridgeline (Honda).

Spied: Geely Binyue Spotted In Malaysia – Next Proton SUV? Just two months after the debut of the Geely Boyue-based Proton X70, it appears that Proton is busy testing another upcoming model. This time around, our friends over at Automachi published photos of the Geely Binyue somewhere in Melaka. As evidenced by its prominent rear wing and quad muffler tips, seen here is the Sport variant of the Geely Binyue. To recap, the Geely Binyue rides on the company’s new BMA platform, with two engine choices available. The first is a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol that does 177 hp and 255 Nm, hooked up to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The other engine is a 1.0litre turbocharged three-cylinder that outputs 134 hp and 205 Nm, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

China’s Chongqing Changan Automotive said on last month it would offer discounts to buyers in rural areas, the first big Chinese automaker to do so after Beijing promised to roll out supportive polices for the world’s largest auto market. The Chongqing-based carmaker said in a statement to Reuters that it would offer customers up to 22,000 yuan ($3,255.50) in purchasing subsidies on their Oshan series multiple-purposevehicles (MPVs) in large rural areas without specifying where. The company said it was footing the bill for the subsidies and had not been incentivised by the government. However, expectations of future earnings potential pushed Changan shares up nearly 10 percent to their highest level since July, in afternoon trade, after local media reported the news. China is trying to convince consumers to loosen their purse-strings as the

slowing economy prompts concerns among policymakers about jobs. State media reported earlier this month that Beijing households have been given subsidies to buy electrical appliances. China’s state planner said last month it would provide “appropriate” subsidies to boost rural sales of some vehicles and purchases of new-energy vehicles, without giving details. China’s car sales hit reverse for the first time since 1990s in 2018, down by 2.8 percent from a year earlier, while industry bodies and analysts said smaller cities that were leading China’s auto sales growth in the past few years, were most hit. China Changan Automobile Group, the parent group of Changan which has joint ventures with global carmakers including Ford Motor Co, Peugeot SA and Mazda Motor Corp, sold 2.14 million cars last year, down by around 25 percent from 2017.

Honda chief says decision to close UK plant not due to Brexit Honda Motor Co plans to close its car factory in western England in 2021, the company said Tuesday, in a fresh blow to the British economy as it faces its March 29 exit from the European Union. The Japanese automaker announced the decision, which will imperil 3,500 jobs and possibly many more, at a news conference in Tokyo. Honda's president and CEO, Takahiro Hachigo, told reporters the decision was not related to Brexit, but was based on what made most sense for its global competitiveness in light of the need to accelerate its production of electric vehicles. "We still don't know what sort of changes Brexit will bring at this point," he said. "We have to wait until we have a better idea about the situation." Hachigo said the company would begin

discussions with affected workers at the factory in Swindon right away. "I very much regret this," he said, adding that "this was the best choice the circumstances." Honda makes its popular Civic model at the factory, 115 kilometers west of London, with an output of 150,000 cars per year. Its restructuring is aimed at adjusting its operations to reflect stronger demand in Asia and North America, Hachigo said. The next model of Civic to be sold in Britain will be exported from Japan, the company said. Honda is also adjusting its operations in Turkey, where it makes 38,000 Civic sedans a year. It said it would continue operating there, however, and hold a "constructive dialogue" with local stakeholders.

Geely also mentioned that the Binyue was tested extensively across Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America, clocking over 12 million km for the engine and more than 6 million km for the dual-clutch transmission, ensuring the powertrain’s reliability across the globe.

In China, the Geely Binyue is priced from an affordable CNY 78,800 for the base 1.0-litre turbocharged model, while the more powerful 1.5-litre turbocharged model is priced from CNY 88,800. Just for comparison, the Geely Boyue (Proton X70) is priced from CNY 129,800 for the base model.

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Isuzu D-Max Pickup introduced by Ghandhara Industries Ltd

Ghandhara Industries Ltd (GIL) in partnership with Isuzu Motors introduced the full range of Isuzu DMax Pickup to Pakistan's market. An elegant launching ceremony held on 14th February in Karachi. Speaking at the launch Kemchi Asahara, senior vice president ISUZU Motors International Operations Thailand, said: "Our D- MAX will not only go comfortably on-road, but can also go aggressive!, off-road. Isuzu D-Max is currently sold in more than 120 countries around the world and now Pakistan will be added as new

market for Isuzu pickup trucks business, he said and added that Pakistan was now experiencing drastic economic change and ISUZU was willing to contribute in the growth of automobile industry. Ahmed Kuli Khan Khattak Chief Executive Officer of GIL thanked the management of ISUZU and said "GIL is taking yet another lead by bringing Isuzu pickup range in Pakistan market CKD Operation of Isuzu D-Max pickup trucks started from mid of 2018 that created new job opportunities and offers the highest standard solution for the

benefit of customers." Meanwhile, Muhammad Kuli Khan Khattak Deputy Chief Executive of GIL said that with this huge opportunity available in the market for Robust, FuelEfficient and reliable trucks introducing Isuzu D-Max pickup trucks was need of the hour. Imran Rashied, GM Marketing and Sal es hi ghl ig hte d D- MA X performance comfort, durability and other key features of the vehicle. Representatives of corporate, individual cu s t o m e r s, b an k e r s , v e n d o r s , government officials and other were present in the event.

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Electronic Braking System in Heavy Commercial Vehicles Miracle to Disaster prevention Curiosity and questioning is something that allows us to revisit and change our lives as well as our nation’s future

So I wish to begin with asking some basic questions. How many cases of traffic accidents do we hear everyday?How many of them cause fatalities?How many of them cause permanent physical disability? How many of the accidents happen due to HCVs? What if a massive gigantic structure in any case of harsh braking overturns? What if an explosive material spills out of the fuel tank as a result of overturn? Could a heavy commercial vehicle carrying tons of fuel be regarded as a mobile bomb?

trailers and avoid such cases to a greater extent by making use of globally renowned technologies. The world is advancing at a greater pace but it is our nation’s dilemma that we are not making up to it. As a matter of fact, we lag behind in awareness or somehow adaptation of technologies such that we have madea trend of gaining admittance later than those of worldwide countries. If we look at heavy vehicle fleet in our

nation, mostly they are outdated and have little or no brake safety, or safety of any kind which results in disastrous incidents which jeopardizes thousands of innocent lives. As a result, we get to read headlineslike below: Cit ati on: 25- Jun- 2017 Disast er “The oil tanker overturned on a main highway while travelling from Karachi to Lahore, near the town of Ahmadpur East in Punjab province. Some 215 people were killed when the tanker carrying oil caught fire after meeting accident in AhmedpurSharqia. Apart from more than 150 people killed immediately in the fire, more than 100 people had suffered burn injuries in the incident which took place on June 25.” Sources: AbTakk With our Corporate Social Responsibility at AUTOCOM, we tend to create awareness about importance of safety in HCVs every now and then. Our Mission Statement says that: We will continue to innovate and lead the specialized vehicle industry by providing safe and economical solutions that benefit out stakeholders. Our goal

There are so many questions that arise in our mind and all of them invite us to think the possible causes of road disasters. Is it the lack of safety in products? Or Inadequate driver training? How could we contribute positively in reducing the occurrences of disasters. What if we enhance braking safety in

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Monthly AutoMark International is ultimate satisfaction for all business partners ensuring complete success of the organization. Aligning ourselves to our mission, we embarked upon our journey in bringing EBS to Pakistan in collaboration with an American company back in 2015. This was a trailer for TOTAL PARCO with air suspension and Electronic braking technology successfully commissioned as a very first prototype vehicle which is still running successfully on roads with one of the leading fleet operators ‘Rasch Pvt. Ltd’. Electronic Braking System Introducing Electronic Braking System makes a t rai le r i nt ell ig ent t o communicate the brake signals for stopping keeping in view the laden, semi laden or un-laden condition of vehicle. It is an electronically controlled braking system with load-dependent braking pressure control, automatic anti-locking system (ABS) and electronic stability control (RSS). It could also be called Brakes by Wire Technology that triggers electronic activation of the braking components; As a basic advantage it: • Reduces response and build-up times • Reduces braking distance by several

meters • Is decisive in some situations • Has an integrated ABS function Having EBS on board we can assume safety for driver, cargo, trailer and the truck itself. It also has an integrated function of ElectronicStability Control also referred to as Roll-Over Stability Support that helps prevent vehicle roll-over within physical limits and hence results in zero likelihood of overturning in case of harsh braking.It also supports the driver to avoid accidents at highway exits and during emergency maneuvers. As its basic working,it has a lateral sensor that detects when a trailer wheel is lifting and might lose contact with the ground. Hence it automatically brakes the trailer

wheels before one side lifts from the ground Also the trailer speed is automatically reduced to restabilize the vehicle.In a nutshell The vehicle’s ECU analyzes wheel speed, load information and transverse acceleration data to detect the likelihood of vehicle roll-over before the driver realizes the risk and automatically applies the brakes. EBS can be mounted and retrofitted to all trailer types, including road trains, bi-trains and tri-trains and also either with Air suspension or Mechanical suspension. With EBS, the trailer is equipped with an Electronic Control Unit with different G IO Ports. GI O means Gen eric I n p ut / o u t p ut a n d d e s i g n a t e s programmable inputs and outputs. The Trailer EBS E-Modulator has 4 GIO slots in the standard version and 7 GIO slots in the Premium version. The GIO functions enables various additional functions to be activated in the trailer modulator. There could be an electronic extension module with which we could install “Tail Guard”. Tail Guard is basically a support system for blind Spot Detection in the trailers: It; • Ensures Safety while reversing • Detects small, large, static and moving objects in the blind spot behind the trailer • Automatically brakes the trailer while reversing within 50-200cm from objects and walls located in the rear blind spot • Activated when the driver shifts into reverse • Uses ultrasonic sensors to measure distance to objects behind the trailer • Warns the driver by pulsing the brakes when the reversing speed is higher than 9km/h AUTOCOM in its journey of technological advancement reached an extra mile when we delivered a prototype to Shell Pakistan Pvt Ltd with

EBS, Tail guard and Smart Board installed in 2016. Later in the same year AUTOCOM conducted seminar titled “Promoting Safety on Carriage of Petroleum Products by Road”inwhich we invited foreign partners to speak about the global technologies for our product that moves around making product more safe and reliable. We also did advocate EBS by making a small presentation about its benefits and value for money. It got media coverage and customer admittance to a greater extent. I n t ot al it y we hav e d el i ve red approximately 100 trailers till date with Electronic braking system on board and also we are carrying out EBS retrofitting job in those trailers which are not even manufactured by AUTOCOM. As a part of promoting this very useful system we are intending to supply FOC installation to one of the vehicles in PSO fleet with air suspension. Furthermore, we have introduced the same technology in our newly developed Aluminum 56KL tank quite recently. In addition to this, AUTOCOM has invited our valued customers to join us fo r a s h or t t ra i n i n g o n EB S troubleshooting and maintenance in coming month, so that this system remains operational and reliable forever. Safety is a journey and not a destination but we believe in beginning from somewhere. So we lay a red carpet to all those who advocate safety primarily and want to join hands for national interest along with benefitting humanity and mankind.

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Ghandhara Nissan Ltd to begin rolling out three Nissan models in 2020 Commercial production of three Nissan models will begin in the second half of 2020 “We will begin with the assembly of a 1,200cc Datsun Cross in July 2020 and then roll out the 1,200cc Datsun Go (five seater) and Datsun Go Plus (seven seater) in the next two to three months,” Ghandhara Nissan Ltd (GNL) Project Director and Senior Executive Director Marketing and Sales Muazzam Pervez Khan t old D awn on Thu rsd ay. “The company has also selected at least 22 vendors for making parts of these vehicles,” he added. Talking about the localisation level in these three variants, he said the company plans to achieve 35-40 per cent indigenisation in the next three years after an initial start of 18pc. “Prices have so far not been fixed as much will depend on rupee-dollar parity in future,” he said. “GNL will invest Rs6.5 billion (about $47 million) over the first four years,” Khan said, adding that Nissan and GNL would work together to develop Ghandhara’s facilities at Karachi’s Port Qasim into a world-class manufacturing plant. The brownfield project would create around 1,800 jobs. “We have planned to start production of these three vehicles with 15,000 units a year and then will take it up to 35,000 units in the next five years,” Khan added. On further introduction of new models, he said, “Our talks are going on with Nissan but nothing has finalised yet.” On last month, GNL and Nissan held the first major event for parts suppliers

since announcing local production last year. The event was attended by more than 35 local parts supplier companies. Nissan and GNL shared plans on support for the local component sectors including the introduction of world class production processes, ongoing skills sharing and training. Meanwhile, CEO GNL Ahmad Kuli Khan Khattak said the company is committed to offering the strongest support to the component industry. “This event demonstrates how we will collaborate closely to provide our customers with an expanded choice of products and a fantastic ownership experience,” he said. He said Nissan’s entry would provide Pakistani customers with a fresh and desirable line-up designed and built with mod ern Jap an ese en gin eeri ng. Nissan’s Regional Vice President for the Africa, Middle East and India region, Masahiko Sakamoto said GNL and Nissan are actively working to enhance and support the local automotive sector in its ongoing development. The Ministry of Industries and

Production (MoIP), earlier in 2018, had awarded brownfield investment status to GNL under the Auto Development Policy 2016-21 for revival of an existing industry or facility for the manufacturing of Datsun cars. The joint venture between GNL and Nissan Motors would provide a significant boost to the automotive industry which already accounts for about 4pc of Pakistan’s gross domestic product. Nissan is making a second attempt in the Pakistani market. In the past, consumers had witnessed only one locally-assembled Nissan Sunny. GNL had assembled 599 Sunny in 199697 but after ups and downs the production came to a halt in 20032004.

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Hub Rally Cross 2019 Motor racing event in Pakistan

Pakistan has always been famous for its love for sports, whether its cricket, hockey, tennis or Golf our passion for sports has always been at its peak. Besides these well known sports activities there has been an emerging sports event which started as a hobby and now has become one of the best sports event of Pakistan known by the name of “HUB RALLY CROSS”. Hub Rally Cross is a Motor racing event which is organized every year by the TOYOTA HIGHWAY MOTORS along with the Sherwani Group at the location Of MAX DIRT ARENA in HUB Baluchistan only 45km away from Karachi right opposite to Sherwani Farms. This is Private racing track owned by Mr. Shujaat Sherwani CEO of TOYOTA HIGHWAY MOTORS who has been a well known name in the automobile industry for the past 20 years. The Track is surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Hub Mountain Range covering the approx area of 11km. The track consists of two different categories of racing tracks; one for the amateurs by the name of” FAST FUN FEST” covering the area of 1.5km to enjoy the test drive of 4×4 Vehicles and other for

skilled racers covering the area of 11km for the main racing Event. It is the shortest yet most difficult 4×4 racing track brilliantly organized to provide the racer with the extreme thrill and excitement of challenging and time bound racing journey.The Chief Organizer Mr. Shujaat Sherwani who himself is a big fan and supporter of Racing, he Wanted to provide a proper platform to the motor sports lovers so that they can nourish their racing skills in a s afe an d wel l o rg ani z ed environment, so to make his dream come true he started this event by the name of HUB RALLY CROSS in 2014 and since then it has been organized every year. Growing year by year in crowd, racers, sponsors and media it has become the most liked awaited and glamorous event of the year. The major attraction for the spectators is that the whole race is visible to them and it ends in a day. It is a family event with Food Stalls, Music, Kids Play

Section and Test Drive Activity area which makes it a healthy holiday spot not only for Karachi but also for Interior Sind and Baluchistan People. Along with the male racing category there is also the female racing category to promote women empowerment. In the 6th HUB RALLY CROSS 2019 over 7000 spectators were spotted along with the huge participation of Media such as GEO, BOL, DUNYA, 24, etc and many famous celebs such as IRON BOTHERHOOD were also spotted. The Event Started with the Stock Category race which was won by Mr. Mansoor Ali (Category A), Mr. Ronnie Patel (Category B) and Mr. Beburg Baloch (Category C), Form Female Category the emerging talent Ms. Salma Khan won the title, From Prepared the race was won by Mr. Asif Imam (Category A), Mr. Amir Magsi (Category B), Mr. Shiraz Qureshi (Category C).

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The Pursuit of Excellence Al-Haj Automotive As Al-Haj Automotive seeks to become a market leader in Pakistan’s automobile industry, they will continue to invest in equipment and machinery while also boosting its dealership network to ensure customers are not only satisfied with the quality of their cars but also the service they are provided

Through strategic ventures in markets as diverse as automotive to textiles, AlHaj Group is rapidly climbing the ladder of success as it seeks to become the most exclusive business conglomerate on a national and international level. Al-Haj group’s success comes from its entrepreneurial roots and steadfast vision of pursuing excellence in all areas of the business. The first Al-Haj company was launched in 1960 by the late Haji Sakhi Gul in District Peshawar, with the initial business focused on the trading of tires, textiles, electronic goods, logistics and leasing. Since then, the group has expanded into automotives, real estate, oil exploration and the AlHaj foundry. In the process of continuous growth under the guidance of Mr. Haji Shah Jee Gul Afridi, Chairman of Al-Haj Group, the organization delivers innovation and standards of excellence in its chosen fields to not only leave a lasting impression in these markets but also to bring in millions of dollars’ worth of foreign investment and to contribute significantly to the national economy. An integral part of Al-Haj’s success story is its progression into the automotive industry. Incorporated in October 2006, Al-Haj FAW Motors Ltd is the result of a strategic partnership between FAW

Group Corporation, a Chinese, stateowned automotive manufacturing firm with a history dating back to 1953. The sole distributor and progressive manufacturer/assembler of FAW Heavy and Light Commercial Vehicles and passenger cars in Pakistan, Al-Haj FAW launched its first Completely Built Units (CBUs) of HVCs which includes dump trucks, rigid trucks and prime movers. Following this development, local production of Completely Knocked Down (CKD) FAW HCVs began in December 2011 and CBU light vehicles, mini vans and pickups were introduced in March 2012, with regular CKD production of mini vans and pick-ups was established in Sep-2012. With the backing of Al-Haj Group, an organization that claims invaluable human resource coupled with leadership and the ability to make the right decisions at the right time as the keys to its success, Al-Haj FAW is set for continued success as it continues to provide local customers with high quality vehicles that meet international standards. Current products available in the company’s portfolio include heavy

vehicles such as Tiger V, JSM 220 Super and JSP 330 Tornado, while its light vehicles include the XPV 1000 CC minivan, 1000 CC mini pickup truck and 1300 CC V2. All products are assembled at the company’s motor plant, which boasts well-equipped spot welding lines with cutting edge welding fixtures of both Chinese and local origins to manufacture body steel (BIW) for all models being produced on site. Considered the heart of the automobile assembly plant, AlHaj FAW’s paint shop has been designed and constructed to cater to the production of exteriors in both metallic and solid finish shades to a level of excellence. The group further invested in the PT/ED paint technology to standardize the OEM process and increase the life span of the end product. Since this investment, the company has been on par with any automobile assembler in Pakistan when it comes to production. In terms of assembly, the company has the only assembly line in Pakistan where HV and LV are assembled under one roof, while the tester line ensures assembled vehicles pass stringent quality checks and a d j u s t me n t s t ha t c o n f o r m t o international standards. With the inspection line imported from Italy, customers can trust they will receive a

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Auto industry opposes ‘unrestricted’ incentives to EVs

The country's auto industry on last week opposed unrestricted incentives to Electric Vehicles (EVs) as investors can misuse the incentive, well-informed sources in Engineering Development Board (EDB) told local press media. This opposition came at a time when some investors are preparing to invest in EVs as per the policy of federal government. The meeting was convened in the Ministry of Industries and Production to discuss composition of Working Group, Terms of References ToRs) of Working Group and reconstitution of AIDC. Another purpose of the meeting was to discuss un-confirmed minutes of the 27th meeting of AIDC, held in November 2018. As per the minutes, the policy dictates that the new investor's policy shall be reviewed after every two years by a working group formed by AIDC. The sources said discussion on Electric Vehicles (EVs) attracted interest of those present. EDB requested all participants to share proposals regarding EVs to formulate policy framework for companies which aspire to bring EVs. Some participants shared concerns arguing that the EVs have the same parts as the fuel run cars so the incentive should only be given in battery or EV specific parts not the whole vehicle. They were of the view that this is necessary to protect localization already achieved in the country. Some participants emphasized that the definition of EV, hybrid, semi EV etc should be well defined in the policy beyond any doubt. According to sources, there was a

concern shared in the meeting that this new category may become an avenue to import parts and vehicles at next to no tariff and turn the industry upside down. The participants appreciated EDB and FBR for their role in removal Regulatory Duty (RD) from parts imported under SRO 655. It was also pointed out that AIDC should be reconstituted and its ToRs be reviewed because there are many petty procedural issues that are being referred to AIDC. After a threadbare discussion on the matter it was agreed that a Working Group constituted by the AIDC does not have jurisdiction to reconstitute AIDC. The FBR representative also shared that according to rules of business of Government of Pakistan the TORs of AIDC can not be reviewed. The sources said that some participants inquired that if such matters, petty or not, cannot be discussed in AIDC then what is the forum to bring up those issues? A detailed discussion within members of Working Group was generated r e g ar d i n g n e w e n t r an t s . T h e representati ves of new entrant companies, that have invested billions of rupees in Pakistan as a result of favourable Greenfield and Brownfield options, were of the view that as there is no Association of such companies as yet, therefore it should be decided which companies will be members of this forum. It was decided that two big companies on the basis of investment from Chinese companies, Korean companies and European companies will become members of the working

group. The sources further stated that on TORs of Working Group formed on Thursday, participants wanted clarity on whether the Working Group will review the "new investor policy" or the ADP 2016-21. Acting CEO EDB, who according to the Chairman EDB Board will be replaced soon with permanent and competent CEO, responded that the Working Group will only review the procedural issues that are not given in ADP 2016-21 and have no mandate to change the policy itself. Earlier, PAMA, in its letter had made it clear that reconstitution of AIDC is neither the jurisdiction nor the competence of the Working Group. PAMA argued that AIDC was constituted on June 2, 2016, adding that only its composition "shall change" after every two years, which may effect by the competent authority. The incumbent AIDC is legally hit by the mandatory requirement of change of composition every two years which time has lapsed on June 1, 2018. Therefore, it would be lawful to first have the requisite change in the composition of AIDC notified. After submitting arguments, against the EDB's meeting agenda, PAMA requested EDB to postpone the meeting of February 21, 2019 till the re-composition of the AIDC but EDB did not entertain the request of auto assemblers. Besides officials of the MoI&P and EDB, representatives of different auto assemblers also participated in the meeting and gave suggestions on the three proposed agenda items.

good quality vehicle with zero defects at a competitive price. With FAW becoming the fastest growing automotive brand in Pakistan, FAW vehicles have become the first choice in haulage for leadi ng p et roleum companies such as Shell, Total, Chevron and Pakistan State Oil. In 2017, Al-HAJ group signed an agreement with Hyundai Motors to assemble & distribute Heavy& medium trucks and luxury buses in Pakistan to lead their progression in the automotive industry. Al-Haj Group’s expertise and knowledge of local automobiles market, corporate

rules and regulations, human resources, marketing tactics combined with Hyundai as a worldwide renowned brand famous for its innovation, safety, and quality is making raves in the heavyduty truck and bus market as it meets the demand and supply chain. In August, 2018, Al-Haj expanded further by signing an agreementat Proton Motors Head Office in Kuala Lumpur for exclusive assembling and distribution of Proton Vehicles in Pakistan. Through this agreement, AlHaj will introduce modern and technologically advanced Proton v ehicl es in clud i ng hat chb ack s,

sedans, crossovers, SUVs and MPVs in Pakistan. As Al-Haj Automotive seeks to become a market leader in Pakistan’s automobile industry, they will continue to invest in equipment and machinery while also boosting its dealership network to ensure customers are not only satisfied with the quality of their cars but also the service they are provided. With this customer-centric ethos stretching throughout the diverse branches of AlHaj, the group is certain to continue achieving many milestones in the years to come.

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Prince to launch new 800cc car

The car is expected to be priced around Rs0.7 to Rs0.75 million Regal Automobiles Industries Limited is ready to shake the local auto market with its all-new hatchback. As per company sources, Prince is all geared up to release its new 800cc hatchback car that makes 40hp at 5,500rpm and 60.5Nm of torque at 3,500-4,500rpm. The car is expected to be on the road in the first half of this

year. Its expected price is around Rs0.7 to 0.75 million. It is pertinent to mention that Regal Automobiles and DFSK Group of China have entered into a technical agreement for assembling of vehicles; this agreement is operational under “Prince” brand name which is already selling LCV’s all over Pakistan with 3s dealerships. The company is launching the car in two

different variants; manu al and automatic. The top speed of the car is 120/130 Km per hour. Suzuki Mehran and newly launched United Bravo are the direct competitors to this new 800cc hatchback. Road Prince is a popular bike manufacturer in Pakistan and the company is now taking a leap from making 2-wheelers to 4-wheeled vehicles.

On the occasion of the Inauguration ceremony of Prince Sargodha Motors, The new dealership of Prince DFSK LVC in Sargodha City. Group photograph with Adeel Usman, Director Regal Automobiles, Faisal Mufti, Group Head Marketing and other guest was present

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Electric cars shine as China auto market’s lone bright spot

Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R Electric May Be Priced Below Rs 7 Lakh Maruti Suzuki is likely to launch the Wagon-R electric by mid-2020 and it will hit a price point of under Rs 7 lakh thanks to subsidies under the FAME 2 scheme. FAME stands for the Faster adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. According to a report in Autocar India, the on-road price of the electric Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R may be about Rs 7.5 lakh, pointing to an ex-showroom price of under Rs 7 lakh. Subsidies offered under the FAME scheme would amount to Rs 1.25 lakh or more. This will likely make the Maruti Suzuki Wagon-R Electric, the most inexpensive electric car in India at that point. Currently, the Mahindra E20 is the most inexpensive electric car one can buy, but even then it is quite pricey at Rs 8 lakh plus for this small electric car on road. The Mahindra E20 Plus will be discontinued by October 2019 as it will not be able to meet the new crash-test and safety norms. That leaves the Maruti Wagon-R electric as the most likely entry-level electric car in India. There are some companies that have been trying to retro-fit electric kits in cars such as Jayem Auto in Coimbatore with the Tata Nano and ETrio in Hyderabad. But these are based on existing cars.

Tesla Rolls Out Model 3 in China Ahead of Schedule in Sales Push Tesla Inc has started delivering Model 3 cars in China slightly ahead of schedule, as it looks to revive its sales that have been hit hard by Sino-U.S. trade tensions. The California-based firm has already adjusted prices and added a cheaper Model 3 variant to its line-up to make its U.S.-made cars more affordable in China amid high import tariffs. The U.S. luxury electric vehicle said in a statement that it held a delivery event in Beijing on Friday which "marked a significant milestone for the market".

Electric cars are holding their own in China, the world’s biggest auto market, even as the industry has seen a slump in overall sales for seven straight months. Deliveries of new-energy passenger vehicles, which include pure-battery, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell cars, more than doubled to 85,000 units in January, fueled by a rush before the government scales back subsidies for the zero-emission and low-emission automobiles by 2020. By contrast, total passenger car sales tumbled almost 18% to 2.02 million units in the month, according to data this week from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. While China has decided to phase out incentives to those buying new-energy cars over the years, it has yet to unveil a new subsidy plan for 2019 that would cut the discounts. At present, buyers can get as much as 75,000 yuan (US$11,130) from both the central and local governments for a

pure-electric e5 sedan made by BYD, which offers a driving range of 450km per charge. That would save the customer a third of the cost. Restrictions on car ownership in some mega-cities such as Beijing and Shanghai to ease congestion and pollution are also playing a significant role in improving EV sales, said Bill Russo, founder and chief executive officer of Shanghai-based consultancy Automobility. Most of the EVs are used by ride-hailing and car-sharing services, he said. The rising demand is prompting carmakers to boost production and add new models. Tesla is accelerating its push in China with a planned manufacturing presence, and the US company will compete against electric cars by global brands such as Volkswagen and BMW as well as dozens of local manufacturers seeking a piece of the pie.

Tesla Needs China To Succeed—Report Electric carmaker Tesla that has recently set the foundation for setting up its car manufacturing facilities in China’s Shanghai region announced that it needs the support of both the government and local people to expand sales within the country and survive. The firm’s CEO Elon Musk also declared that if they don’t product these Model 3 electric cars in China then they would not be able to meet the deadline of making 10,000 sedans of the model every week that would give it the economies of scale to sell it for $35,000. During conversation with the press on occasion of Tesla’s 2018 fourth quarter earnings discussion he stated that the Shanghai factory is critical for their future. But not many know that the US electric automakers are likely to face strong competition from local manufacturers as China produces half the quantity of electric cars sold globally while the US produces just 20 percent. So China is far ahead of its competitors in terms of pr oduction scale and lo cal It had initially projected a March start for Model 3 deliveries in China - the world's biggest auto market where overall car sales contracted in 2018 for

manufacturers that form a formidable opposition here include BYD which is the brainchild of Warren Buffet, NIO that went public, Geeley Automotive Group owned by Volvo, SAIC Motor owned by GM and Volkswagen and BAIC Group. There are several startups for electrical vehicles like Byton and WM Motor Tech that are likely to begin production soon and generate more heat in the market. Automakers of electric vehicles have received $60 billion worth of subsidies from Chinese government since 2012 to make these cars affordable to average car buyers in China. But as Tesla’s production units were in US it was not able to utilize those incentives and so its cars which were worth $80,000 in US would cost around $140,000 in China due to recent tariffs. So the sooner it starts manufacturing operations in China the better as it has received special benefits of working as an independent foreign manufacturer without requiring a local partner. the first time in more than two decades. The initial deliveries will go to customers who placed their orders before the end of 2018, Tesla said.

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SHELL ECO-MARATHON ASIA RETURNS TO MALAYSIA IN ITS 10TH YEAR

Shell announced today that Malaysia will host Shell Eco-marathon Asia in 2019 as part of its global Make the Future Live programme. Held at Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, the Asia competition comes back to where it was first held in 2010, and celebrates its 10th year of challenging bright young student minds to design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars, and then take them out on the track in competition. From April 29 to May 2 over 100 teams from all over Asia and the Middle East will test their self-built energy-efficient cars in the Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge, to see who can go the farthest using the least amount of energy. In 2018 Singapore hosted the event, where the winning team was efficient enough to travel 2,341 kilometres – about the distance from Malaysia to Yangon, Myanmar – on just one litre of fuel! “Shell Malaysia is proud to host the 10th Shell Eco-marathon Asia at our home ground. It is an inspiring event that supports Shell’s vision of sustainable mobility - more energy efficient vehicles and cleaner road transport. It’s really impressive to see student teams pitting their skills against their cohorts from different countries to see who can design and build the most fuel-efficient vehicle,” explained Iain Lo, Chairman of Shell Malaysia. “Shell has been in Malaysia for over 125 years, and we will continue to power Malaysia’s future with cleaner, innovative and competitive energy solutions, some of which will be

showcased at the event,” he further added. Student teams will also have the opportunity to qualify for the Shell Ecomarathon Drivers’ World Championship. Introduced to the Shell Eco-marathon programme in 2016, D r i v er s ’ Wor l d C ham p i on s hi p challenges the best UrbanConcept teams to combine the proven energy efficiency of their car with the speed and skill of their driver, in a race to see who can cross the finish line first on the least amount of fuel. Qualified teams will go to London for a chance to compete with teams from Europe and the Americas. In 2018, ITS Team 2 from Indonesia’s InstitutTeknologiSepuluhNopember Surabaya was crowned the ultimate global winner of the Drivers’ World Championship, the second Asian team to win in the three years the competition has been running. Pakistan will again be participating in Shell Eco-marathon Asia, with a contingent of10 futuristic cars from 6 universities competing to be the most energy-efficient. Last year, a team from National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) earned the ‘Perseverance and Spirit of the Event’ Award for helping other teams compete in the race. This year the teams are more spirited and determined to bring home a race award. ”Every year, we see an increasing standard of performance, as well as team spirit and passion, among the student participants at Shell Eco-marathon Asia.

The Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is the perfect venue to witness new innovations in vehicle design come to life. We look forward to another exciting year at Shell Eco-marath on Asia,” said Shanna Simmons, Shell Eco-marathon Global Technical Director . For more information on Shell Ecomarathon Asia 2019, please visit: https://www.shell.com/make-thefuture/shell-ecomarathon/asia.html About Shell Eco-marathon Shell Eco-marathon can be traced back to 1939 at a Shell research laboratory in the United States as a friendly wager between scientists to see who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. The winner of that contest barely achieved 50 mpg (21 km/l). These humble origins inspiredwhat is now a global programme of competitions. In 1985 in France, Shell Eco-marathon as we know it today was born. In April 2007, Shell Eco-marathon Americas event was launched in the United States, and in 2010, the inaugural Shell Ecomarathon Asia was kicked off in Malaysia. Malaysia hosted Shell Eco-marathon Asia from 2010 until 2013. In 2014, the event moved to a street circuit in Manila, Philippines, which hosted the event until 2016. Shell Eco-marathonAsia then moved to Singapore at the Make the Future Festival from 2017 to 2018. This 2019, in its 10th year, Shell Ecomarathon Asia returns to the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Toyota Supra's BMW Engine Could Power The Next Lexus IS Volvo Cars raises over $200 million from new euro bond Sweden's Volvo Cars issued a bond worth 2 billion Swedish crowns ($214.65 million), it said on Wednesday, just five months after the Chinese-owned carmaker terminated plans to list itself blaming trade tensions and a downturn in automotive stocks. Sweden's Volvo Carsissued a bond worth 2 billion Swedish crowns ($214.65 million), it said on Wednesday, just five months after the Chinese-owned carmakerterminated plans to list itself blaming trade tensions and a downturn in automotive stocks. The funds from the bond sale add to Volvo's coffers at a time when carmakers need cash to develop electric and driverless cars and also face mounting costs from a prolonged U.S.-China trade war and slowdown in large auto markets China and Europe. Volvo, which is developing Polestar as an electrified performance brand and owns a stake in Chinese owner Geely's stablemate Lynk & Co, has repeatedly said it will finance electric and autonomous vehicle development from existing cash flows. The new bond, which matures in February 2023 and pays a floating coupon of STIBOR plus 2.30 percent, will be used for general corporate purposes and not for a specific project, a Volvo spokesman said.

A BMW engine powering a future 3 Series fighter? Really? Lexus is widely expected to unveil its next-generation IS sedan in the relatively near future. Hopefully, a high-powered IS F variant is also part of the mix. We’ll see. In the meantime, there’s been plenty of speculation regarding what will be under the sedan’s hood. The Japanese language Best Car now claims Toyota want s t o use t he new Supra’s turbocharged twin-scroll 3.0-liter inlinesix engine for that purpose. It produces a total of 335 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque, which would be more than adequate for a sedan like the IS. Thing is, Toyota didn’t build that engine. Neither did Lexus. BMW did, and the IS just so happens to directly compete against the 3 Series.

Again, this is merely a rumor and we’ve reached out to both BMW and Toyota seeking comment. We’ll update this space accordingly if we receive replies. This actually isn’t the first time we’re hearing about what will power the next IS. Previously, we learned that Lexus has three other engines planned – a 2.0liter turbo four, 2.4-liter turbo four, and a 2.5-liter hybrid. Not all engines will be offered in every region, of course, but given that Lexus already has a number of powerplant options, we’re honestly a bit surprised to hear it’s rumored to even be considering the Supra’s inline-six. But the engine we’d like to see most in the new IS is the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with over 400 hp found in the latest LS 500 flagship sedan.

Toyota Is Planning on Building ‘High-Performance’ Versions of Every Model in Its Lineup A tweet by Toyota Great Britain has confirmed plans to make "highperformance" versions of every vehicle in Toyota's lineup. @ToyotaGB stated the intent in response to a tweet calling for a sporting GRMN variant of its Hilux pickup truck, and advised the user to which it responded to "watch this space!" I nt e re st i n a w i d er ra ng e o f performance-oriented models is not exclusive to the British wing of Toyota. General Manager of Toyota North America Jack Hollis stated in November that Toyota "should" design TRD versions of "every car and SUV and every truck." Hollis' mention of possible all-

wheel-drive variants of all Toyota models was unrelated to his call for more TRD vehicles. TRD is but one of two performance vehicle designations Toyota uses today, the other being the Gazoo Racingderived GR and its variants (GR Parts, GR Sport, GRMN) thereof. Being a name sourced from a race team, GR is not likely to adorn any of Toyota's enthusiast-oriented trucks, which have traditionally worn the TRD badge. Toyota has not yet sold any GR-branded vehicles in the United States, though that will change with the launch of the GR Supra.

Japan among 40 nations to back U.N. draft regulation on braking systems Forty countries including Japan have agreed on a draft U.N. regulation for advanced emergency braking systems (AEBS) for new cars and light commercial vehicles from early 2020, which the European Union says it will implement from 2022, an U.N. agency said on last month. The new regulation, compulsory for countries that adopt it at a June session, will impose strict and harmonised requirements for automatic braking at speeds of up to 60 kms per hour to save lives, especially in urban settings, the

U.N. Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) said. Japan and the EU have said the new AEBS system will become mandatory, representing some 4 million and 15 million new cars respectively each year, the statement said. "It activates the brake to stop a crash and that's it ... It will not drive, it will brake," UNECE spokesman Jean Rodriguez told a briefing. There will be no obligation to retrofit older vehicles, he said. Japan and the EU have said the new

AEBS system will become mandatory, representing some 4 million and 15 million new cars respectively each year, the UNECE statement said. More than 9,500 fatalities were recorded in car crashes in cities in the EU in 2016, 40 percent of them pedestrians, it said. The United States, China and India which have huge domestic carmakers are not part of the original 1958 agreement on which the latest regulation builds, Rodriguez said.

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