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Honda Atlas hikes car prices once again

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  • Car prices jacked up to Rs1 million.
  • Industry affected by hike in sales tax. 
  • New prices come into effect from March 14.

KARACHI: Honda Atlas Cars Pakistan Limited (HACPL) once again jacked up its car prices following a hike in the sales tax on 1400cc and above vehicles, The News reported Wednesday. 

Recently, the government raised the sales tax to a whopping 25% on numerous items terming them as “luxury” goods to fetch an additional Rs11 billion in revenue. 

The auto industry, which had been already struggling with a massive devaluation of the local currency in a year and inventory shortages pushed by import curbs, was impacted by the decision. 

“Keeping in view further increase in exchange rate PKR/USD and increase in the rate of Sales Tax from 18% to 25% on 1400cc and above CKD [completely knocked down] vehicles, HACPL has to increase current prices,” the automaker said in a letter to its dealers.

With the increase in prices, Civic 1.5L M CVT, Civic 1.5L Oriel M CVT, and Civic Rs 1.5L LL CVT will cost Rs8.6 million, Rs8.95 million, and Rs10.2 million respectively.

The new prices would come into effect from March 14, the company informed.

The rate of the low-end Honda City MT 1.2L rose Rs220,000 to Rs4.799 million, while the 1.2L City CVT became costlier by Rs200,000 to Rs4.929 million.

Meanwhile, after an increase of Rs530,000, the 1.5L City CVT to be sold at Rs5.549 million.

The new price of BRV CVT S is Rs6.529 million, with a jump of Rs580,000. The rate of HRV VTI S has been increased by Rs800,000 and the new price is Rs8.199 million.

HACPL has announced a production break till the end of March, blaming the current economic situation, issues in the opening of letters of credit, and raw material shortages.

In recent months, almost all auto companies in Pakistan have raised their vehicles’ prices multiple times, as they struggle to cope with an economic downturn in the country that has forced the incumbent government to take some unprecedented decisions.

Last week, Indus Motor Company (IMC) and Lucky Motor Company also jacked up the prices of their vehicles.

“We are compelled to pass on some impact to the market,” IMC stated in a letter to the dealers, adding that the government had enhanced the sales tax on all CKD vehicles with an engine capacity of 1,400cc and above (with exception of IMV-I single cabin).

The new price of Corolla 1.6 MT is over Rs6.1 million, while Corolla 1.8 CVT SR Black would cost more than Rs7.8 million, with a rise of Rs593,000 and Rs760,000 respectively.

The most expensive Toyota vehicle would be Fortuner Diesel Legender at a price of over Rs20 million.

KIA’s Stonic EX and EX+ now cost Rs5.2 million and Rs5.73 million, respectively.

The revised price of Sportage Alpha, FWD and AWD are Rs7.05 million, Rs7.79 million and Rs8.39 million, respectively.

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In a first for history, PSX crosses the 77,000 milestone.

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At 77,213.31, the benchmark KSE-100 hit an all-time high, up 1,005.15, or 1.32%, from the previous close of 76,208.16.

The government’s readiness to seal an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) following the budget was cited by analysts as the reason for the upward trend.

Experts anticipate that in an attempt to bolster its position for a fresh bailout agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the budget for the fiscal year ending in June 2025 would set aggressive fiscal goals.

Budget for Pakistan, 2024–2025
Pakistan’s budget for the fiscal year 2024–25, with a total expenditure of Rs18.877 trillion, was presented on Wednesday by Minister of Finance and Revenue Muhammad Aurangzeb.

The Finance Minister, Muhammad Aurangzeb, outlined the budget highlights. He stated that the GDP growth target for the fiscal year 2024–25 is set at 3.6 percent, while the inflation rate is anticipated to stay at 12 percent.

He stated that while the primary surplus is anticipated to be 1.0 percent of GDP during the review period, the budget deficit to GDP is forecast to be 6.9 percent over the period under review.

According to the minister, tax income collection increased by 38% in the current fiscal year, and the province will receive Rs7,438 billion. The Federal Board of income expects to earn Rs12,970 billion in revenue for the upcoming fiscal year.

In contrast to the federal government’s projected net income of Rs9,119 billion, he stated that the federation’s non-tax revenue projections are set at Rs3,587 billion.

The federal government’s total outlays are projected to be Rs18,877 billion, with interest payments accounting for the remaining Rs9,775 billion.

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Pakistan currently has $14.38 billion in foreign exchange reserves.

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Pakistan’s commercial banks’ reserves, which stood at $5.28 billion at the conclusion of the week ending on June 7, rose by US$174 million, according to a central bank statement.

Reserving US$6.2 million less, the SBP now has US$9.10 billion in reserves. The causes for the decline in the reserves it had were not disclosed by the central bank.

The SBP released a statement that stated, “SBP reserves decreased by US$ 6 million to US$ 9,103.3 million during the week ended on 07-June-2024.”

The State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) foreign exchange reserves were reduced by US$ 63 million as a result of repaying external debt, with the reserves standing at US$ 9.093 billion as of earlier on June 6.

The central bank spokesperson said in a statement that as of the week that concluded on May 31, the nation’s total liquid foreign reserves were $14.31 billion.

In terms of net foreign reserves, commercial banks have US$ 5.22 billion of the overall foreign reserves, according to the SBP.

SBP reserves dropped by US$ 63 million to US$ 9,093.7 million during the week that ended on May 24, 2024, according to the announcement.

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In the local market, the price of gold plummets to Rs240,700/tola.

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Gold with a 24-karat purity level has dropped by Rs1200/tola on the local market.

Each tola of 24-karat gold is now selling for Rs240,700, with a further drop of Rs1029 bringing the price of 10 kilos of gold to Rs206,361. These figures are courtesy of the All Sarafa and Jewelers Association.

Meanwhile, after a $2 decline on the global market, one ounce of gold will be valued $2315.

A tola of gold was worth Rs 600 more on Wednesday.

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