German auto giant, VOLKSWAGEN is in the final stages of talks with Premier Systems Private Limited to setup its manufacturing plant to launch two new vehicles VOLKSWAGEN Amarok and T6 (transporter range) models.
Amarok model is a direct competitor to Toyota’s Revo and the T6 is a multi-seat passenger van. The officials believe robust vehicles such as Volkswagen are a must in a country like Pakistan. It was also learnt that the company aims to develop a large dealership. Volkswagen Commercial will utilizing the same plant that Audi intends to use for the assembly of its own vehicles in Karachi. Audi AG, the German carmaker, is owned by the Volkswagen Group.
“Volkswagen believes that such robust vehicles are a must in Pakistan,”. According to the official “There will be a large dealer development and the target is to have 40 dealerships across the country.”
Audi has expressed its interest to establish a plant in the Korongi industrial area this year. This plant will facilitate the assembly/manufacturing of Volkswagen vehicles as well and could see its passenger cars also making an entry.
All the necessary arrangements in Pakistan will be done by Premier Systems as Audi and Volks both make their move to assemble vehicles.
Reports suggest that in November Audi plant alone would mean an investment of around $30 million. The assembly of Amarok and T6 could take the amount way higher.
One of the biggest reasons for the entry of Volkswagen will be the high-quality diesel Pakistan refineries are set to produce from July 1. Diesel will now be produced with a Sulphur limit of 500ppm and facilitates Sulphur particulate emission reductions, necessary for meeting emission standards for heavy-duty highway engines. Oil marketing companies are already importing the same quality of diesel.
Pak Suzuki has also said that it is willing to bring in fresh investment while Honda also launched its flagship Civic model last year.