On October 13, the President of Pakistan inaugurated the CKD assembly plant of Al-Haj Automotive -Proton for the locally assembled Proton SAGA model in Karachi. The plant will have an initial capacity of 25,000 units per annum which can be further increased as per market demand. The new CKD assembly plant with an initial investment of USD 30 million will create 2,000 direct employment opportunities in its first three years of operations.
On September 8, Malaysia Proton unveiled that limited production was undertaken at its plant in Tanjung Malim after Perak was declared a Phase 2 state on July 5, but this was for a limited time due to a shortage of parts from vendors located in Selangor. With production at both its plants now restored, Proton is also able to resume export activities to export markets. For example, Pakistan will receive 3 shipments of the Proton X70 amounting to about 108 units in September along with CKD packs of the Proton Saga ahead of its roll-out, now estimated to take place at the end of October.
On April 5, Al-Haj Proton announced the launch of Saga Sedan in Pakistan. It is powered by a 1,299-cc four-cylinder gasoline engine which generates 96 PS power and 120 Nm peak torque. The transmission pairings include a four-speed torque converter automatic and a five-speed manual. The Saga is being offered in five variants, Saga MT and AT, the range-topping Saga Ace AT, as well as the limited-edition Saga R3 with automatic as well as manual transmission. Saga R3 is offered with 1,332-cc engine and its booking is limited to 100 units only.
On December 9, High Commissioner of Malaysia to Pakistan announced that Proton will launch X70 on December 18 in Pakistan. Initially, 200 CBU units will be up for sale. Proton Saga will be launched in January 2021. High Commissioner also visited the under-construction plant of Al-Haj Proton in Zulfiqarabad. It will commence production in second quarter (Q2) of 2021. It will initially assemble CKD Saga and X70 variants. Locally built models of Saga will hit market in Q3 of 2021 while X70 will be launched in Q4, 2021. Proton showrooms will be set up throughout beginning Q1 2021.
On February 3, Pakistan Government informed that Proton Assembly Plant in Karachi is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2021. The joint venture will start selling Malaysian-made Proton vehicles (CBU) in Pakistan in the second half of 2020, and eventually, assembly and sale of Pakistan-made Proton vehicles (CKD) in Pakistan in the first half of 2021.
On April 26, Proton held a ceremony announcing its plan to construct a CKD assembly plant in Karachi, Pakistan. It will launch the first batch of vehicles produced at the Pakistan Plant at the end of 2020. The automaker also signed a contract with China Construction Bank (CCB), obtaining a loan of approximately CNY 3.1 billion for the research and development of transformative technologies and plant expansion purposes.
On March 22, Proton announced that it began a project for the first ever CKD assembly plant for Proton vehicles in Pakistan. The plant, to be built at a Greenfield site in Karachi, will be owned and operated by Al-Haj Automotive, the official distributor for Proton vehicles in Pakistan and is expected to commence operations before the end of 2020. The new CKD assembly plant with an initial investment of USD 30 million will create 2,000 direct employment opportunities in its first three years of operations. It is estimated that a further 20,000 indirect jobs will also be created as a result of the new plant being commissioned. Initially Al-Haj will source CBU units from Malaysia before switching to CKD products once the new assembly plant begins operations.
On August 30, Al-Haj Automotive Private Limited has signed an agreement with Proton on as the Exclusive Authorized Distributor and Assemblers of Proton Vehicles in Pakistan. Agreement signing ceremony was held at Proton Motors Head Office in Kuala Lumpur. Al-Haj Motors is also planning for a separate assembly plant for Proton cars near-by Port Qasim area in Karachi.
- Proton’s best-seller makes debut in its 8th international market
- Local production of Proton models to kick off this year
Subang Jaya, 09 April 2021 - – PROTON added another international market to the current Proton Saga’s portfolio when the company’s best-seller made its debut in Pakistan earlier this month. With the addition of the fifth most populous nation the Saga, which received a significant update in 2019, is now available in eight international markets - Brunei, Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Mauritius, Nepal and Pakistan.
The Proton Saga line-up in Pakistan consists of three models, Saga MT, Saga AT and Saga Ace AT. Additionally, 100 units of the Proton Saga R3 Limited Edition will also be offered paired with either the MT or AT transmission. A lucky draw will be held for the latter and buyers are required to register their interest by 16 April.
The product launch was conducted online and was graced by the High Commissioner of Malaysia to Pakistan, Mr. Ikram Mohammad Ibrahim. In his message during the launch, the High Commissioner said he hoped that PROTON’s operations in Pakistan will further strengthen then economic ties between Malaysia and Pakistan.
Following the launch of the Proton X70 in December last year, the Saga is the second model to be offered in the country. Currently all vehicles are supplied from Malaysia as CBU units but the company’s partner, Al-Haj Automotive, is set to commence local assembly operations at its new plant in Karachi by the third quarter of 2021. With a planned capacity of 25,000 units per annum, the plant will enable sales of Proton cars to grow quickly in a market brimming with growth potential.
Hilal Khan Afridi, CEO of Al-Haj Automotive, is confident that Pakistani customers will be attracted to the Proton brand and its products. “I am thankful to our fellow Pakistanis for making the Proton Saga an instant success in Pakistan. This car will definitely stand out for its reliability, durability and value for money,” he said after the launch.
As the second quarter of 2021 kicks off, PROTON is looking to increase its international market presence to achieve its long term goals. Aside from the Saga – the volume seller in most markets, the Proton X70 and Proton X50 are also being exported to establish the company’s intelligent range of vehicles overseas.
“Exports are an important pillar for PROTON and will account for an increasing percentage of our sales volume in coming years. Aside from promoting the features of our products we also leverage on the high quality reputation of Malaysia’s manufacturing sector, which lends credibility to our own product story. In 2021, aside from exploring new opportunities, we will also ramp-up efforts to re-enter major ASEAN markets such as Thailand and Indonesia,” said Roslan Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer, Proton Edar.
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Proton Saga and X70 get CKD pricing in Pakistan – up to RM2.6k cheaper than before thanks to tax breaks
Proton Pakistan has announced revised pricing for the Saga and X70, with both being more affordable than before. The new prices are for locally assembled (CKD) units that will soon come out of Al-Haj Automotive’s (the carmaker’s local partner) plant in Karachi and benefit from the federal government’s recent decision to reduce duties and taxes for cars.
Under the new structure, the federal excise duty (FED) has been abolished for cars with engine capacities from 660 cc to 1,000 cc. For cars with engine capacities from 1,001 cc to 2,000 cc, the FED was decreased to 2.5% from 5%, and from 2,001 cc to 3,000 cc, it’s now 5% instead of 7.5%.
Other revisions include a reduction in the general sales tax (GST) for cars up to 1,000 cc from 17% to 12.5%, while additional customs duty (ACD) on all vehicles is down to 2% from 7%. These initiatives are meant to reduce vehicles prices and make them more affordable to consumers in order to promote sales in the industry, Pakistan’s Dawn reports.
In Pakistan, the Saga is powered by a S4PE engine with a displacement of 1,299 cc that makes 92 PS (91 hp) and 120 Nm of torque. The engine has 33 cc less than the Malaysian model that has a capacity of 1,332 cc, with transmission pairings being a four-speed torque converter automatic and a five-speed manual.
With the new pricing scheme, the entire Saga line-up, which consists of the Standard MT, Standard AT and Ace AT, is now cheaper by 50,000 Pakistani rupees (RM1,320). As such, the Standard MT is now 1.925 million Pakistani rupees (RM50,805) instead of 1.975 million PKR (RM52,125), while the Standard AT retails at 2.075 million PKR (RM54,764) instead of 2.125 million Pakistani rupees (RM56,084).
As for the range-topping Ace AT, it now goes for 2.175 million PKR (RM57,403) instead of 2.225 million PKR (RM58,723). Moving on the X70, the SUV’s two available variants are now 100,000 PKR (RM2,639) less compared to previous prices.
The entry-level Executive AWD now goes for 4.59 million PKR (RM121,140) instead of 4.69 million PKR (RM123,779), while the top Premium 2WD goes for 4.89 million PKR (RM129,057), down from 4.99 million PKR (RM131,698).
Like the Saga, the X70’s engine remains unchanged, with a 1.5 TGDi three-cylinder unit providing 177 PS (175 hp) and 255 Nm, mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Both models also see no change to the list of standard equipment.
As reported previously, the Karachi facility, which was set up with an investment of about USD30 million (around RM126.3 million), will have a planned capacity of 25,000 units per year and was originally supposed to have commenced operations before the end of 2020. However, delays due to the pandemic have affected this timeline, with Proton Pakistan revealing on its official Facebook page recently that the facility is in its final stages of completion and is ready to commence trial production very soon.
According to the company, the Saga will be first model to be locally assembled, with the first units set to roll off the line within 45 days of the lockdown being lifted in Malaysia. This is because the CKD kits for the sedan are prepared at the national carmaker’s Shah Alam plant in Selangor, which is currently under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO). As for the X70, local assembly of the SUV is expected to start later in the fourth quarter of 2021.
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Islamabad, Pakistan, 17 December 2019 – When the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Yang Amat Berhormat Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad visited Pakistan for the country’s Resolution Day Celebrations in March this year, he gifted the Prime Minister of Pakistan, His Excellency Mr. Imran Khan, a unit of the Proton X70 during a ceremonial plaque signing ceremony. Yesterday, Malaysian car manufacturer PROTON delivered a Proton X70 to the government of Pakistan.
Representing Malaysia at the handover ceremony were His Excellency Mr. Ikram Mohammad Ibrahim, Malaysian High Commissioner to Pakistan, as well as En. Mohd Khalid Yusof, Director of Investment and Promotion, PROTON. Receiving on behalf of the Pakistan Government were Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor to the Prime Minister for Commerce, Textile, Industry & Production, and Investment of Pakistan. Also present was Mr. Al-Haj Shah Jee Gul Afridi, Chairman of ALHAJ Automotive the official distributor for Proton vehicles in Pakistan.
Malaysia’s best C-segment premium SUV arrives in Pakistan
Launched on 12 December 2018, the Proton X70 has captured the attention of Malaysians who have flocked to buy the first premium SUV from a national automotive brand. With over 26,000 units already delivered and export sales already beginning in Brunei, the Proton X70 is the catalyst that leads PROTON’s efforts to establish itself as a global automotive brand.
While the first unit is earmarked for Mr Imran Khan, it will not be the only Proton X70 in Pakistan. Work is underway at a Greenfield site in Karachi to build a new CKD assembly plant that will be owned and operated by ALHAJ Automotive. Production activities are currently scheduled to begin in 2021 with plans being formulated for the assembly of several models in the country.
“PROTON sees a lot of potential in Pakistan and as Malaysia is the only Muslim country to have its own automotive brand, both our countries are natural partners who have so much to share with each other. The Proton X70 has won several awards at home and we hope that eventually, it can accomplish the same feats when it arrives here,” said En. Mohd Khalid Yusof.
Speaking on the potential for improved business ties between the two countries, His Excellency Mr. Ikram Mohammad Ibrahim said “The High Commission of Malaysia is supportive of the efforts between PROTON and ALHAJ Automotive to sell and then assemble Proton vehicles in Pakistan. Such commercial activities will contribute towards fostering closer and stronger economic ties between the two brotherly countries. Malaysia certainly looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Imran Khan when he arrives in Kuala Lumpur for the 2019 KL Summit later this week.”
New assembly plant to help PROTON achieve its goals and create local jobs
By building an assembly plant in Pakistan with ALHAJ Automotive, PROTON hopes to take advantage of reduced duties for CKD vehicles in the country. This will assist the Company in achieving its long term goals to sell 400,000 vehicles by 2027.
The new CKD assembly plant in Karachi will be built with an initial investment of USD30 million and will create 2,000 direct employment opportunities in its first three years of operations. It is estimated that a further 20,000 indirect jobs will also be created as a result of the new plant being commissioned.
“ALHAJ Automotive will leverage on its current dealerships located nationwide to start selling Proton vehicles as soon as possible while we develop standalone 3S/4S outlets. We will source CBU units from Malaysia to kick things off in Pakistan before switching to locally assembled units once the new assembly plant begins operations,” said Mr. Al-Haj Shah Jee Gul Afridi.
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Proton Cars in Pakistan
Proton is a Malaysian automobile manufacturing company headquartered in Selangor, Malaysia. Proton became Malaysia’s first automaker with the country’s first ever locally produced vehicle – the Proton Saga. The company is making auto hits and selling 100,000 cars every year in Malaysia. Proton has recently debuted in the Pakistani market with their SUV, the Proton X70 and all car enthusiasts are thrilled about it.
History of Proton
Proton’s story traces back to 1983 when the company was founded on the country’s prime minister’s vision of creating a national car. Today, Proton has not only become a leading name in the Malaysian automotive industry, but the brand is also growing fast in many other countries including Pakistan.
Al-Haj Automotive Private Limited is building the first ever Proton cars manufacturing plant in Karachi since 2019. Once the plant is established, Al-Haj Group will import Proton car parts, locally assemble the cars and sell them in Pakistani auto market through local dealerships, just like all the other local cars.
Performance and Technology in Proton Vehicles
Proton cars are the champs of safe, fast, and affordable vehicles. Proton has equipped all of its cars with some of the best engines in the industry and still tagged them off with cheaper prices than their competitors.
Proton X70, a C-segment SUV with a flexible architecture and solid interior and engine, is now available in Pakistan in two variants AWD Executive and FWD Premium. This car has broken all the sales records in the Malaysian market and is going to give a tough time to its Pakistani rivals: KIA Sportage, Hyundai Tucson and MG HS.
Proton Saga is the Suzuki Mehran of Malaysia, every Malaysian has had their time with this basic sedan ride. It is a budget car meant to give tough competition to all sedan cars. This budget car is coming soon to Pakistan to give a tough competition to all sedan cars.
Availability of Proton Cars in Pakistan
First Proton vehicle, the X70, is here in Pakistan and a second one, the Saga, is on its way Proton vehicles are almost here in Pakistan – almost! Pakistan’s Al-Haj Group has partnered with Proton Holdings to be the official distributor of Proton cars in Pakistan. CBU units of Proton X70 and Proton Saga are arriving in Pakistan and will be available for sale very soon.CBU units of Proton X70 have arrived in Pakistan and are available for sale. The AWD Executive variant will cost you Rs4,890,000, while the FWD Premium variant is priced at Rs5,390,000. You can visit the official Proton website for more information and bookings of X70. Proton Saga is expected to follow the footsteps of X70 and be here in the Pakistani market in 2021.
Proton cars have entered the Pakistani auto market in partnership with the Al-Haj Group.
Proton X70 and Proton Saga are expected to win the hearts of many Pakistani car buyers with their attractive package of excellent features and reasonable prices. Users can find Proton car pictures and specs at PakWheels.
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