One of the few cars that hasn’t changed at all since its introduction back in the 90’s, Suzuki Cultus, is finally off sale. Pak Suzuki Motor Company Limited (PSMCL) stopped booking new orders for Suzuki Cultus yesterday.
PSMCL plans to launch a new model to replace Cultus. In international markets, this car is known as Suzuki Celerio but in Pakistan it will be launched under the name “Cultus” again.
All pending orders placed at authorized Suzuki dealerships for the previous model of Cultus will be delivered as per commitment.
Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers, on the other hand, announced that they will be providing parts for the existing model until February 6th. Chairman of the aforementioned association hoped that the new Cultus can have a better “localisation of parts” to keep the price as low as possible.
A Runaway Success
Suzuki Cultus was highly successful when it was launched back in 2000 to replace Suzuki Khyber. Production stood at 4,635 units with sales at 4,824 units in the year 2000.
Fast forward to 2015-2016 and the production has gone up to 16,772 units and sales increasing to 16,450 units.
The current model is priced at Rs. 1.124 million for the petrol variant while the CNG variant costs Rs. 1.199 million on the company’s website.
Senate Standing Committee on Industries and Production was informed by Pak Suzuki back in October that they the company will be introducing a model called Suzuki Celerio in March which will be replacing Suzuki Cultus.
No Celerio in Sight
Shafiq Ahmed Sheikh, a spokesperson for Pak Suzuki rejected the claims that they are going to introduce Suzuki Celerio in the future. He added:
The company has actually planned to introduce an all-new model with the name of Cultus in manual VXR and VXL models by April-end this year followed by automatic version later, depending on market demand.