Businessmen switching to bulletproof cars

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KARACHI: The demand for bulletproof cars in Karachi is increasing due to the poor law and order situation in the hub of industrial and commercial activities, Shahzad Godil, director of Toyota Central Motors (TCM) said. Briefing newsmen on the occasion of Toyota Dream Car Contest held at TCM, he said that at least 20 orders are being placed with the factories for bulletproof vehicles every month by the private sector, particularly businessmen.

He said that earlier only politicians and law-enforcement agencies use to order for bulletproof vehicles. Four factories in Karachi are manufacturing bulletproof vehicles and the cost of each vehicle comes to around Rs3 million, he said.

Shahzad said that the demand for bulletproof vehicles has also increased as three factories working upcountry are receiving around 15 to 20 orders per month to bullet proof vehicles and they are mostly from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad. The demand for bulletproof vehicles from Punjab is almost nil. To a question, he said that there is only 20 to 30 percent cost difference in locally bulletproofed vehicles and imported ones.

TCM has a contract for supply of bulletproof components with the world’s top manufactures, he said, adding that three bulletproofing vehicle factories are working in Lahore Islamabad and Peshawar. He said that as the weight of the bulletproof vehicle increases by 50 percent, the fuel consumption too increases in the same proportion. Shahzad said that the cash sale of locally-manufactured cars has increased as compared to the sale of vehicles to the corporate sector.

“This year, cash buying surpassed the sale to the corporate and public sector organisations.”

He said that there is not much impact of government’s amnesty scheme on automobiles sale as the people are staying away from purchasing illegal or smuggled cars. Cars purchased under the amnesty scheme are hard to resell and customers just do not want their hard-earned money stuck in cars having no documents, he said.


Courtesy: The Nation

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