Pakistan’s Sophisticated Transport Structures Bump up National Mileage
How do used cars fare by mileage in Pakistan? With the aim to find out which countries rack up more kilometers, Carmudi compared average country mileage, further examining the data based on age and fuel type. The cars examined ranged from 2 to 5 years old.
Pakistan’s average car mileage is 15.4% higher than the global average. The average mileage for used cars in Pakistan amounted to 48,000 km. After the first two years of driving, cars averaged 34,000 km. The number of kilometers on average almost doubles after five years to amount to 62,000 km. Carmudi, the best way to sell or buy cars online, analyzed thousands of its car listings of diesel cars vs. petrol cars in Pakistan and saw a minuscule difference in average mileage. Diesel cars were driven only 0.3% further on average than petrol cars. With the increase in investment of road networks, we can expect to see Pakistan’s average car mileage go up even higher. A lack of reliable mass public transport system will also aid cars to rack up more miles, in turn, adding to the average national mileage.
Within South Asia, Pakistan’s road network, particularly its highway system allows for relatively safe and fast travel. According to The Wall Street Journal, the M2, which runs through the Punjab region, is an example of a well policed interstate roadway. It’s condition surpassing interstate highways in neighboring countries. The highway system is forecast to improve substantially after a pledge from China’s president, Xi Jinping, to invest $46 billion in the country’s infrastructure. Current projects, such as the Karachi-Lahore Motorway, are also forecast to contribute greatly to interstate travel. Pakistan’s road network may have helped Pakistani drivers rack up mileage.
Investments in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor routes over the coming years would mean an increase in the demand for vehicles, especially trucks. This would be followed by a push to make these routes a transit hub for central Asian and Chinese companies. The two larger truck manufacturers in Pakistan, namely Hino Pak and Nissan Gandhara are investing heavily to increase production for various types of trucks and buses. Heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) assemblers have geared up their investment plans, anticipating a surge in demand in wake of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Managing Director Carmudi Pakistan, Raja Murad Khan said “Improving infrastructure and security would surely improve the number of miles a vehicle’s racks up over 3 years. Some of the manufacturers in Pakistan are looking to improve support facilities along with enhancing capacity and improve engine and diesel facilities. I would like to see the useful life of vehicles to increase and transporters to improve efficiency”.