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Businessmen switching to bullet-proof cars.

KARACHI -- The demand for bullet-proof cars in Karachi is increasing due to crumbling law and order in the hub of Pakistan's industrial and commercial activities, this was stated by the Director Toyota Central Motors (TCM) Shahzad Godil.

Briefing the media on the occasion of Toyota Dream Car Contest he said that it was unusual that at least 20 orders are being placed with the factories for bullet proofing every month by the private sector particularly businessmen. He said that only politicians, law enforcing agencies use to order for bullet proof vehicles.

He disclosed that there are four factories are working in Karachi for bullet-proofing the vehicle and cost of bullet-proofing of each vehicle comes to about Rs3 million. He said that it can be proofed up to the A.K 47. Shahzad said that demand for bullet-proofing vehicles has also increased as three bullet-proofing factories working upcountry are receiving about 15 to 20 orders per monthly for bullet-proofing the vehicles and they are mostly from Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa and Islamabad. He said that demand for bullet-proofing from Punjab is almost nil.

To a question he said that there is about only 20 to 30 per cent cost deference in localized bullet proof vehicles and imported ones. He said that TCM has a contract for supply of bullet proofing components with world's top manufactures. He said that out three bullet-proofing factories one is in Lahore and one each is in Islamabad and Peshawar.

He said that as the weight of the bullet-proof vehicle increases 50 per cent the fuel consumption too increases with the same proportion. Shahzad while replying a question 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 organizations".

He said that there not much impact of government's Amnesty Scheme on automobile's sale as people are staying away from purchasing illegal or smuggled cars.

He explained that cars purchased under Amnesty Scheme are real hard to resell and customers just do not want to their hard-earned money stuck up on cars having no documents. He said that the 7thToyota Dream Car Contest has proved to be very exciting and successful as most of the prominent schools participated in the painting contest of the future car's concept.

He said that the final winner of the contest would be sent to Japan's visit along with his or her parents.

He said that the enthusiasm among the school's students is growing every year as they are eager to participate in healthy and creative activities. CEO TCM, Salim Godil also spoke on the occasion.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Mar 28, 2013
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