History of Pakistan's Auto Industry

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GETTING THE WHEEL IN MOTION:

1949: Vauxhall Cars introduced by General Motors & Sales. Bedford Trucks introduced by General Motors & Sales. Ford Trucks introduced by Ali Automobiles.

1953: Exide battery started production.

1956: Dodge Cars introduced by Haroon Industries.

1958: Ford Angela Cars introduced by Ali Automobiles.

1959: Ford Pickups introduced by Ali Automobiles.

1960: Ford Combi introduced by Ali Automobiles.

1961: Precision auto parts manufacturing started at Allwin Engineering.

1962: Lamberate Scooter introduced by Wazir Ali Engineering. Jeep CJ 5, 6, & 7 introduced by Kandawala Industries. Bedford Truck assembling started at Ghandara Motors.

1963: Mack Trucks introduced by Hye Sons. General Tyres & Rubber Company started production in Karachi.

1964: MF Tractors introduced by Rana Tractors. Vespa Scooter and Rickshaw introduced by Raja Auto Cars. Honda Motor Cycle introduced by Atlas Autos. Ghandara Industries launched Localization Plant for Bedford Trucks.

1965: Specialized Vehicles Production at Jaffer Industries.

1967: Toyota vehicles introduced by Monnoo Motors.

CHANGING TRACKS:

1972: Nationalization, Pakistan Automobile Corporation (PACO) formed. Ali Autos renamed Awami Autos, Wazir Ali Engineering renamed Sindh Engineering, Haroon Industries Renamed Republic Motors, Ghandara Motors renamed National Motors, Kandawala Industries renamed Naya Daur Motors, Hye Sons renamed Mack Trucks, Jaffer Industries renamed Trailer Development Corporation, Rana Tractors renamed Millat Tractors, Tractor Corporation of Pakistan formed.

1974: Yamaha Motor Cycle launched by Dawood Yamaha, Diesel Engines manufacturing started at Bela Engineering.

1976: Suzuki Motor Cycle introduced by Sindh Engineering.

1977: Kawasaki Motor Cycle introduced by Saif Nadeem Kawasaki. Suzuki Jeep introduced by Naya Daur Motors.

1978: Plastic parts manufacturing at SPEL

1980: Suzuki Pickups introduced by Awami Autos, Mazda Truck introduced by Sindh Engineering, Project approved for production of wheel Rims at Balochistan Wheels under TAA with GKN-Sankey.

1981: Wire Harness production at Ayenbee, Production of Specialized Auto Parts at Agriauto Industries. …