Pak Suzuki Motors
|Traded as||KSE: PSMC|
|Parent||Suzuki Motor Corporation|
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Pak Suzuki Motor Company (PSMCL) is a Pakistani subsidiary of Japanese automaker Suzuki. It is the Pakistani assembler and distributor of cars manufactured by Suzuki and its subsidiaries and foreign divisions. Currently Pak Suzuki is the largest car assembler in Pakistan.
- 1 History
- 2 Model range in 2 Wheels
- 3 Imports
- 4 Gallery
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The firm was founded in September 1982 as a joint venture between the government of Pakistan and Suzuki Motor Japan, formalizing the arrangement by which Awami Auto Ltd. had produced the Suzuki SS80 from 1982. Suzuki originally owned 25% of the stock, and have gradually increased their holding; they now own 73.09%. Pak-Suzuki was a joint venture between the semigovernmental Pakistan Automobile Corporation (PACO), who had earlier overseen local assembly from kits. Pak Suzuki is the market leader in Pakistan Automobile Market by having more than 60%(December, 2011) of market share. Lacking serious competition, Pak Suzuki has had a market share of more than 50% since its inception. Its recently launched Suzuki Swift has helped Pak Suzuki increase their market share in the 1,300 cc segment. Apart from giving automobile related services like Suzuki Finance and Suzuki Insurance, Pak Suzuki also deals in Pak Suzuki Certified Used Cars.
Having assembled both the Carry and Jimny locally since 1976, Suzuki's first locally built product was the 800 cc ST90 Carry van and truck. 25,000 per year was the beginning production. By 1984 the 1000 cc Jimny (SJ410) and 800 cc Alto/Fronte (called "FX") had been added to the lineup, and a second plant was planned for 1985. Cars built by Suzuki Pakistan often lack essential features which are standard in other cars, such as airbags, rear windshield defogger and rear seat belts. In 2006, Pak Suzuki was the first manufacturer in Pakistan to offer factory-fitted CNG. By 2012 the Pakistani-assembled Suzuki Mehran remained possibly the last car in the world which still used a carburetted engine, but from the end of 2012 Suzuki Mehrans have been equipped with EFI engines to meet the Euro-II emission standards.
- SS80 or Suzuki FX:
1982-1988 . A modified version of the Suzuki Alto SS40 manufactured under the chassis code SS80, with a 796 cc F8B engine. Early models came with black interior, later changed to beige interior improving the aesthetics by making it appear spacious. Later models remained popular for this reason. A/C was available as an option in some years. Production was discontinued and Suzuki Mehran was launched as a replacement in 1989.
- Suzuki Mehran (originally Alto):
1988 to date, renamed Mehran in 1992. A very basic version of the Suzuki Alto CA71 (Maruti 800 in India and Nepal), with a 796 cc engine, manufactured by Pak Suzuki Motors under the chassis code SB308. The Mehran was sold as bi-fuel petrol/CNG since 2006 to early 2012. (The option of CNG was dropped from the entire Suzuki line-up due to government ban on CNG kits and cylinders.).
It received minor facelifts in 1998 and again in 2004. The Mehran received a standard EFi Engine in July 2012 to comply with government regulation adopting the Euro-II emissions standard. It was the same F8B engine with single point fuel injection developed in-house by Pak Suzuki Motors. The fuel ignition system was also upgraded to CDI, reducing the cost and downtime associated with the replacement of breaker points as routine maintenance. As per user reviews, the upgraded engine provided improved power delivery, throttle response, acceleration and fuel economy, though company specifications were never changed to reflect this. Users who installed aftermarket CNG kits also availed increased CNG fuel economy due to the CDI distributor. (The same engine upgrade was also implemented on the Suzuki Ravi and Suzuki Bolan who share the same engine. This made Pakistan the last car producing country to shift entirely from carburetted engines to EFi). Mehran is currently available in VX or VXR equipment levels. It had again received a mild facelift with an asymmetric grille at the same time with the introduction of the EFi engine. It has 29.4 kW (40 PS).
2000 to 2012. The Suzuki Alto HA12 chassis fitted with a 1982-1984 Suzuki F10A 970 cc engine, manufactured by Pak Suzuki Motors under the chassis code RA410. The engine was same as the locally manufactured Suzuki Potohar, though the fuel ignition system was a more modern, electronic distributor. Pak Suzuki Alto RA410 maintained a carburetor based engine throughout its manufacturing phase (2000-2012). Although the Pakistani assembly of the Alto has stopped as of June 16, 2012, if retailers wish to sell it they could purchase it from Suzuki's other affiliates such as Indian automobile maker Maruti through Maruti Exports, or they could import from Suzuki in Japan, though it would be more expensive.
The sedan shape of Suzuki Cultus second generation was initially (1990) imported from Japan to test the market and sold under the name Suzuki Sedan (possibly because it was the first sedan body style offering by Pak Suzuki Motors). It bore a chassis code SF310 and came with a carburetted 3-cylinder 993 cc G10 engine. The market reception was good though the audience complained of low power. The same car was considered for local manufacture as an entry level executive car. Manufacture started 1992 under the name Suzuki Margalla, chassis code SF413 using an 8-valve SOHC 4-cylinder G13 carburetted engine. It came with power steering as an option. Tachometer was not available in any of the variants. The car was offered in variants such GL and GLX, with an upgrade variant called Margalla Plus launched later on. Production was ceased in 1998 to give way to the replacement Suzuki Baleno. Todate in the used car market Suzuki Sedan means 1000 cc import model, whereas Suzuki Margalla means local assembly 1300 cc, two names of the same car.
The SY413 Baleno (also known as the Cultus Esteem and Esteem in other countries) was assembled in Pakistan starting 1998 as a replacement of Suzuki Margalla, till 2006 when it was replaced by the Liana. When introduced, it featured a number of improvements over Margalla, such standard power steering, wider tyres (175/70R13 vs 155/80R13), tachometer as standard, 4-spoke steering wheel vs. 2-spoke steering wheel of Margalla, black interior vs grey interior, EFi vs carburettor and 16-valve vs 8-valve. It featured the G13BB engine, though on the chassis plate throughout the entire run it was stamped as G13B. Initial trim levels included GL, GXi, Gli and GliP (also known as Gli Plus). Baleno featured highly advanced technology at its time, as it was the first one to offer distributorless EFi. Despite this, the car has difficult sales period till 2002 when a facelift was launched featuring crystal headlamps and revised grille. CNG version was also offered soon. Trim levels in the facelift model included JXR and JXL. Baleno Sport also saw a limited run. In the very initial days before local assembly, a few specimen were imported from Japan by Pak Suzuki Motors to test the market. These featured a SOHC G16B engine with electronic fuel injection but fuel ignition by camshaft driven electronic distributor. This car remains a rare item in the used car market normally known as Baleno 1.6 or Baleno Gti. Although the car ran without problem using petrol, the CNG versions faced various problems such as backfire and burning of coils. Replacing the engine with an EFi 1.5L G15A is a popular swap (G15A does not use distributorless ignition, coil-on-plug or waste-spark-discharge). Reasons being simpler to maintain, higher power output and greater fuel economy.
2000 to date. Suzuki Cultus was launched in 2000 as a successor to the popular Suzuki Khyber. It was a basic version of Suzuki Cultus Generation 2 as produced in Hungary from 1992 to 2003, with a carburetted 993 cc G10 three-cylinder engine. It featured numerous improvements over Suzuki Khyber such as a more streamlined shape, increased rear leg room, independent rear suspension, 13" wheels as standard and power steering option in the VXL trim. Although it used the same engine as the Khyber, the cylinder head was different, and utilized hydraulic lifters for the valves. This was another imporvement over Khyber as it saved cost and downtime for the routine maintenance of valve adjustment. Initial models were sold with a 2-spoke steering wheel but 3-spoke steering and tachometer were made standard after a few years. Fuel pump also shifted from being cam-driven to in-tank electrically operated fuel pump. From 2003 upto 2010 CNG kit was offered as a factory-fitted option. In August 2008, the engine was upgraded to a 4-cylinder 993 cc G10B EFi engine. The EFi was not distributorless and a camshaft-driven electronic distributor was utilized for spark generation. The new engine provided better fuel economy, power delivery and acceleration. The car has received numerous facelifts throughout, mostly in the form of new body colour options, new bumper design, front grill, headlight design, taillight design and seat upholstery fabric.
The Suzuki Liana sedan, originally with 1.6-litre engines, replaced the Baleno. Since 2007, Pakistan is the only place left where the Liana is still being assembled and sold. It is also exported to Bangladesh. Currently sold as the Liana VURV it has the 1.3 litre Suzuki M13A engine.
The Suzuki Samurai as produced by Spain's Santana Motors from 1985 to 2003 with an international 1982-1984 Suzuki F10A 970 cc carburetor engine. Pak Suzuki Motors manufactured it under the name Suzuki Potohar using the chassis code SJ410. The fuel ignition system was legacy distributor with breaker points. A common after-market upgrade was to replace the stock distributor with the one that came with the locally manufactured Suzuki Alto. Only SWB versions were offered. Initial models came with 4-wheel drum brakes though later it was upgraded with front-wheel disc brakes as standard. Factory-fitted CNG was offered in some years as well. Potohar was popular due to high ground clearance, low-end torque, capable 4x4, low fuel consumption and easy maintenance. In 2006, Potohar was discontinued with no locally manufactured replacement. Rather Suzuki Jimny with M13A engine was offered as an import model at nearly twice the cost.
- Suzuki Swift:
2010 to date. The third generation Swift has been launched by Pak Suzuki in 2010 Using the same M13A engine which liana has. The Pak Suzuki Motors version of the Swift is a variant of the international 2004-2010 Suzuki Swift 1.3. The Swift is available in three trims: the DX (no alloy rims, different grill, no fog lamps, and no matching color side view mirrors), the DLX (with alloy rims, different grill, fog lamps, matching side view mirrors, and two options for navigation systems), and the Automatic (with all the features and options of the DLX, however with an automatic gearbox).
- Suzuki Wagon R:
Pak Suzuki launch new Wagon R on 18-April-2014 using the chassis code A1J310. It comes with three variants of Wagon R – VX, VXR and VXL – in 9 body colours. The Wagon R gets the 998 cc K10B three-cylinder Euro 2 compliant engine that develops 67 hp @ 6,200 rpm and 90 Nm @ 3,500 rpm. It is paired to a 5-speed manual transmission.http://www.paksuzuki.com.pk/Automobile/WagonR/main-site.html
Model range in 2 Wheels
Suzuki Sprinter ECO
110cc Basic features bike with EURO 2 engine technology.
Suzuki Sprinter Standard
Upgrade model of Sprinter ECO.
110cc bike with EURO 2 engine technology. Production started in the 4th Quarter of 2012. (Deluxe Model of Sprinter.)
150cc Bike. Most powerful engined bike manufactured locally with electric start system.
Suzuki Kizashi was launched on 11 February 2015 by Pak Suzuki Motors. It is imported as CBU. There are no plans for local manufacture.
- "Pak Suzuki Motors corporate web site". Pak Suzuki Motor Corporation. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- Mazur, Eligiusz, ed. (2006). World of Cars 2006·2007. Warsaw, Poland: Media Connection Sp. z o.o. p. 214. ISSN 1734-2945.
- "History". Pak Suzuki Motor Co. Ltd. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
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- "Suzuki to double auto production in Pakistan". Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Tokyo): 10. 1984-11-20.
- "Pak Suzuki stops booking orders". Dawn News. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- "Suzuki Mehran". Pak Suzuki Motor Co. Ltd. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
- "Suzuki APV". Pak Suzuki Motor Co. Ltd. Retrieved 2012-12-27.