Car production up 30pc, LCVs output increases by 69pc in 3 quarters

Islamabad—The production of jeeps and cars witnessed growth of 29.73 per cent in production during the first three quarters of the current fiscal year, compared to the corresponding period of last year. As many as 137,688 jeeps and cars were manufactured during July-March (2015-16) compared to the production of 106,135 units during July-March (2014-15), showing a surged of over 39.73 per cent, according to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The production of Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) also witnessed positive growth of 68.53 per cent by going up from the output of 17,521 units during last year to 29,529 units during the current year.
The production of motorcycles increased by 17.22 per cent during the period under review. The production of motorcycles stood at 1,513,571 units during the first eight months compared to the production of 1,291,194 units during the corresponding period of last year. The production of buses increased by 81.95 per cent by going up from 410 units last year to 746 units during the current fiscal year whereas the production of trucks increased by 41.68 per cent from 2,781 units last year to 3,940 units during the current fiscal year.
However, the production of tractors during the period declined by 38.63 per cent by going down from the output of 35,753 last year to 21,942 this year. On year-on-year basis, the production of jeeps and cars witnessed negative growth of 9.18 per cent by going down from the production of 16,904 units in March 2015 to 15,353 units in March 2016. The production of LCVs declined from 4,091 units during March 2015 to 2,071 units during March 2016, showing negative growth of 49.38 per cent.
The production of motors cycles increased by 18.22 per cent during March 2016. The production of motorcycles in March 2016 stood at 174,649 units compared to the production of 147,736 units in March 2015. The production of buses and trucks during the month under review increased by 1127.78 per cent and 27.05 per cent respectively compared to the same month of last year. As many as 82 buses and 526 trucks were manufacture during March 2016 compared to the production of 36 and 414 units respectively.
The production of tractors increased by 9.88 per cent in March 2016 during which the output was recorded at 4,336 units compared to the production of 3,946 units in March 2015, the PBS data revealed. It is pertinent to mention here that the country’s large scale manufacturing (LSM) sector has witnessed growth of 4.7 per cent during the first three quarters of current fiscal year as compared to the corresponding period of last year. The Quantum Index Numbers (QIM) of large scale manufacturing industries was recorded at 133.88 points during July March (2015 16) against 127.87 points during same period of last year.—APP

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