The automotive sector in Pakistan is witnessing a decrease in vehicle prices due to the Pakistani rupee’s significant appreciation against the US dollar.
In a recent announcement, Lucky Motor Corporation (LMC) detailed its decision to slash prices for KIA vehicles. This decision follows the upward trajectory of the Pakistani rupee against the US dollar. The reduction sees KIA car prices plummeting by up to Rs500,000.
The newly adjusted prices are as follows:
- Picanto AT sees a Rs100,000 cut.
- Sportage FWD and Black Limited Edition have reduced prices by Rs150,000 and Rs350,000, respectively.
- The Sorento lineup, which includes the 3.5L FWD, 2.4L AWD, and 2.4FWD variants, has substantially reduced Rs500,000 each.
However, it’s crucial to note that these price cuts apply exclusively to customers choosing the full payment option at the time of purchase.
Pakistani Rupee’s Rise in the Financial Markets
The backdrop of these price adjustments is the consistent strengthening of the Pakistani rupee (PKR) against the US dollar. Reports have highlighted that the rupee has climbed upward for 22 consecutive sessions in the interbank market.
Data from the Forex Association of Pakistan points to the rupee’s recent gain of Rs1.09 against the US dollar, positioning its latest value at Rs282.53. This is a notable improvement from the previous rate of Rs283.62. The open market also observed the dollar’s depreciation by Rs2, settling at Rs282, as the Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan reported.