In a joint collaboration with JAC Motor China, Ghandhara Nissan Ltd (GNL) has started local production of its JAC X200 pickup. The line-off event of the first locally assembled unit by Ghandhara Nissan was held on 2nd April 2018.
Initially, Ghandhara Nissan imported 600 JAC X200 pickup units in past six months and after that, the company decided to start local production of the pickup upon receiving a good response in Pakistan.
JAC X200 pickup by Ghandhara Nissan has a 2.8-liter diesel engine. Its price is PKR 16.2 lac. In comparison with the newly launched Daehan Shehzore, the price of JAC X200 pickup is 2.3 lac cheaper.
Ghandhara Nissan signed a joint collaboration agreement with JAC Motor China in April 2016. The company invested Rs 25 million in the design and development of the vehicle. Now that local production of JAC is being initiated, it has created more than 100 jobs in GNL.
Quite recently Ghandhara announced that it will invest 4.5 billion in Pakistan in the first four years. Through this investment Ghandhara Nissan will start local production of Datsun models. Ghandhara Nissan local production will create 1800 plus jobs in Pakistan.
Upon entry in Pakistan’s market Peyman Kargar, Nissan senior vice president said, “This entrance to the Pakistan automotive market represents a significant step in the ongoing development of local manufacturing infrastructure and economic activity. We are confident that, with the close collaboration and support of the Pakistani government, this will deliver sustainable benefits for the national economy, customers, partners and Nissan. Together with Ghandhara, we’ll be working actively with suppliers to localize and exchange technology and skills, which will provide a lasting benefit to the emerging local component industry.”
CEO of Ghandhara Ahmed Kuli Khan Khattak said, “This agreement will introduce world-class facilities and the best of Japanese engineering technologies. By localizing the manufacture of parts and components and boosting development in the auto supplier industry, it will provide Pakistan with technical assistance and promote partnerships with Japan. Customers in Pakistan will benefit from more choice and enjoy engaging driving experiences with vehicles and modern features that are ideally suited to the country.”