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Kia, Peugeot, and Suzuki Lead the Charge with Significant Price Reductions

In recent days, Pakistan’s automotive industry has undergone a surprising transformation, as several car manufacturers have announced substantial reductions in vehicle prices.

The movement commenced with Kia unveiling a staggering reduction of over Rs. 15 lac for its Stonic model, followed by Peugeot 2008 with a decrease of Rs. 4.5 lac, and Suzuki Swift with a notable drop of Rs. 7.1 lac.

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Economist Ali Khizer Unveils Insights Behind the Price Plunge

Renowned economist Ali Khizer sheds light on this phenomenon, offering valuable insights into the factors driving the recent price adjustments.

Khizer notes that the revised prices reflect significant reductions, with Stonic’s price slashed by 24%, Swift’s by 13%, and Yaris 1.3 CVT and City CVT by 3% each.

GST Regulation Revisions Spark Industry Shift

One of the primary catalysts behind these price drops is the implementation of revised Goods and Services Tax (GST) regulations.

Khizer emphasizes that the new price range for cars now falls between Rs. 4.69 million and Rs. 4.77 million, reflecting a notable decrease from the previous range.

Automakers Respond Strategically to Regulatory Changes

Khizer further elucidates the regulatory changes that have spurred these price adjustments.

In March 2023, the government raised the GST on cars with engine capacities of 1400cc and above to 25%, prompting a significant price increase for models like Stonic.

Consumer Benefits and Market Competition Dynamics

Despite regulatory shifts primarily motivating these price reductions, consumers are poised to benefit from the more affordable pricing of these vehicles.

Moreover, the competitive landscape in the automotive market is set to evolve further, with speculations swirling about potential price adjustments from major players to remain competitive.

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