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Ghandhara ends UD trucks production

Ghandhara ends UD trucks production

KARACHI: Ghandhara Nis­­san Ltd (GNL) has closed down the production of UD trucks following the discontinuation of the said model by UD Trucks Corp­oration, Japan a few months ago.

GNL produced only one truck in July while there was zero production from August to October. The company made 279 trucks in July-October 2016.

Sources said the company had replaced its popular UD trucks with Chinese Dong Feng range of trucks (prime movers) producing 60-70 trucks per month.

GNL opened its subsidiary Ghandhara DF Private Limited Company in June 2013.

GNL has been assembling Dong Feng trucks for the last three years under new entrant status besides imp­orting the product in the form of completely built-up units. The localisation level in Chinese trucks is 20 per cent.

Swedish truck maker AB Volvo had acquired Nissan Diesel Motor Company Limited, Japan in 2007 and renamed its company as UD Trucks Corporation. The brand name was changed from Nissan Diesel to UD Trucks.

Meanwhile, other truck manufacturers in Pakistan have enjoyed robust sales. Hinopak, being the market leader, assembled 1,344 trucks in July-October as compared to 1,040 in the same period last year. Sales of Master and Isuzu trucks swelled to 506 and 1,169 units from 298 and 626 units.

Hino truck production in 2016-17 reached 2,988 from 2,468 in 2015-16 while Master and Isuzu truck production soared to 1,140 and 2,862 units from 929 and 1,465 units.

Published in Dawn, November 28th, 2017

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