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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Suzuki resumes booking for all cars but excludes its best sellers

The non-approval of the letter of credit (LC) forced multiple automakers including Pak Suzuki Motor Company (PSMC) to observe production cuts to cope with the rising inflation. This implies that the bookings for Wagon R AGS, Cultus VXL, AGS, Swift GLX CVT, and all variants of Alto are still on hold.

Due to the government’s tough stance on imports, recent months have been turbulent for Pakistan’s automobile industry. Numerous automakers, including Pak Suzuki Motor Company (PSMC), were compelled to implement production reductions in order to deal with the rising inflation as a result of the letter of credit’s (LC) rejection.

However, the government recently loosened import restrictions, enabling automakers to keep making and selling cars. According to a pertinent update from autojournal.pk, PSMC has resumed taking reservations, but exclusively for business clients.

Read more: Suzuki Alto remains highest sold car

The government has eased restrictions but it’s not helping

Government import quotas have lately been lowered, allowing automakers to keep making and selling cars. According to a timely post on autojournal.pk, PSMC is once again accepting reservations, but only from business clients.

The report highlights that the company has only resumed bookings for the following cars:

  • Wagon R VXR
  • Wagon R VXL
  • Cultus VXR
  • Swift GL Manual
  • Swift GL CVT

This implies that the bookings for Wagon R AGS, Cultus VXL, AGS, Swift GLX CVT, and all variants of Alto are still on hold.

The study also notes that the corporation only has stock for a certain number of units and is still not running at full capacity. In September, it is predicted that PSMC will start accepting reservations for all types of vehicles and clients.

After opting to keep the previously increased rates, Kia Lucky Motor Corporation (KLMC) also started accepting reservations for its vehicles. ProPakistani was informed by a dealership official that the business is accepting reservations for all vehicles with a minimum one-month delivery window.

The resumption of bookings is a promising development for the local car industry that will likely result in promising sales in the coming months.

Read more: Pak Suzuki motors cut its car prices by almost 200,000

A few weeks ago, Pak Suzuki Motor Company (PSMC) held an analyst briefing earlier today that highlighted the company’s financial results for the 1st quarter of 2022 (1Q 2022), and its future prospects.

It expects a 5-10 percent drop in sales in the 2023 fiscal year (FY 2023) due to price hikes, interest rate hikes, and consumer finance tenure restrictions by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP).