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President Empowers Suzuki Customers to Get a Refund Of Up to 12% Of Their Sales Tax Overpayment

President Empowers Suzuki Customers to Get a Refund Of Up to 12% Of Their Sales Tax Overpayment

March 17, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News Pakistan

President Arif Alvi has supported the Federal Tax Ombudsman’s (FTO) decision to refund more than 12.5 percent of sales tax collected from Suzuki car customers.

Pak Suzuki was sued under Section 10(1) of the Federal Tax Ombudsman Ordinance, 2000 (FTO Ordinance) for collecting 17 percent sales tax on 998cc automobiles in August 2021, despite the fact that the real rate at the time was 12.5 percent. As a result, taxpayers were compelled to pay more than was truly owed.

The judgement was confirmed by Pakistan’s President, who dismissed FBR’s appeals against the return suggestion. FTO Dr Asif Mahmood Jah, speaking during a press conference, said:

“The President’s directive will assist customers around the country who paid an excessive amount of Sales Tax from Suzuki car purchasers.”

The complainants ordered 998cc automobiles in advance of June 2021, paying a total of Rs 2.145 million in advance, with an estimated delivery date of July 2021. Meanwhile, by the Finance Act of 2021, the rate of Sales Tax on such automobiles was reduced from 17 percent to 12.5 percent, and the FED charged at 2.5 percent was abolished entirely, with effect from July 1, 2021. Furthermore, the word “time of supply” was changed from “time of sale” to “time of delivery” in Section 2(44) of the Sales Tax Act of 1990.

The automobiles were delivered to the complainants together with an invoice for Rs 2.069 million, which reflected the revised rate in effect after July 2021, rather than the rate in effect when the car was booked in June 2021. However, the firm assessed Sales Tax on the previous rates rather than the invoice date “the time of sale” and refused to refund the difference, denying Middle-Income Complainants the full benefit of the lower tax burden. The complaint also contacted FBR through email on its hotline, asking a reimbursement of the difference in sales tax.

The FBR responded by sending an email stating that sales tax on automobiles up to 1000cc had been decreased to 12.5 percent. However, the FBR did not fix the matter by arranging for a reimbursement of the sales tax difference. According to the FBR:

“At the time of reserving the car in June 2021 and its delivery in August 2021, there was a lack of clarity on the term of “time of supply.” The appropriate period for establishing the rate of taxes was when payment was received by the provider, according to the definition in June 2021, when Sales Tax was 17 percent and FED was 2.5 percent. However, in the budget 2022-2023, both the definition and the applicable tax rates were changed, and now “supply of goods, other than under hire purchase agreement, means the time at which the goods are delivered or made available to the recipient of the supply” means “the time at which the goods are delivered or made available to the recipient of the supply.”

Despite the fact that the act’s amendments were meant to assist taxpayers, the objections were dismissed. The Federal Tax Ombudsman has issued instructions to all advisors to decide all similar cases in accordance with a decision by the President of Pakistan, and FTO hopes that the Federal Bureau of Revenue will ensure prompt compliance with the President’s directives, as the decision has a far-reaching impact by providing relief to not only the complaints but many others who may not have so far opted for such relief, FTO added.


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Al-Haj Rolls Out the First Locally Assembled Proton-X70

Al-Haj Rolls Out the First Locally Assembled Proton-X70

January 20, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / News Pakistan

Through its state-of-the-art car assembly factory, Al-Haj Automotive (Proton Pakistan) has finally rolled out the first locally made Proton X70. It is described by Proton as “the first intelligent SUV to be produced in Pakistan.”

After a lengthy wait, the locally manufactured Proton X70 has finally begun to roll off the production lines. The car was first introduced in Pakistan in December 2020, and many clients are still waiting for CKD manufactured units to arrive. The official Proton Pakistan website, however, states that delivery of the locally produced X70 would begin in March 2022.


The X70 SUV is now available in two models:

Customers in Pakistan may rejoice, since there is a strong indication that the SUV would be available in showrooms soon as a locally produced version.

  • Executive All-Wheel Drive (AWD) that costs PKR. 4,590,000
  • Premium Front Wheel Drive (FWD) that costs PKR. 4,890,000


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Although Proton claims the X70 as Pakistan’s first intelligent SUV, the honor goes to the DFSK Glory 580 Pro, an intelligent 7-seat CUV with 100 voice commands, including 28 that are particularly suited for Pakistan. Furthermore, the car has already been in the hands of Pakistani clients for almost a year.

Furthermore, as automakers in Pakistan are already in the process of announcing updated pricing, the impact of the current tariffs and taxes imposed by the government in the recently approved supplementary finance bill is likely to be felt on both Saga and X70. Al-Haj Proton, on the other hand, has yet to release new prices for its models.

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In Pakistan, a New Electric Car is Will Be Available for just PKR. 3 Per kilometer

In Pakistan, a New Electric Car is Will Be Available for just PKR. 3 Per kilometer

January 19, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / News Pakistan

Good news for Pakistanis, Sitara and Tesla have introduced ‘Multi Purpose Commercial Electric Vehicles’ and ‘EV Charger‘ and ‘AC Charger‘ for charging them.

According to the report, these vehicles have been imported from China by Sitara Engineers Faisalabad and Tesla Industries Islamabad under joint ventures and they will start assembling in Pakistan by next year. It travels 250 km and has a maximum range of 300 km while the battery life is close to 1 million km. The company has also announced a local warranty of 1.5 million kilometers or five years to be completed first.


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Those who buy electric vehicles get rid of petrol or diesel as well as mobile oil and filter replacement. Expenses on petrol and diesel can be said to be cost saving, but their real advantage is that their silencer does not emit any kind of smoke but it does not have silencer at all.

People can charge at home at night easily go to work tomorrow and it will be pollution free and it will be quite fast because electric cars deliver power at any rpm and they will be less maintenance then any petrol or diesel cars.

Amir Hussain, CEO of Gogo Motors, a subsidiary of Tesla Motors, has revealed that his company has completed the installation of electric chargers and now Pakistanis can travel on any electric car from Peshawar to Rahim Yar Khan. ۔

Charging stations have been installed in Islamabad, Peshawar, Bhairah, Pindi Bhattian, Abdul Hakim and Multan and a charger will be installed in Faisalabad in the same month.

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January 5, 2022 / By Zunair Tahir / News

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the Vision EQXX, a solar-powered concept car capable of travelling over 1,000 kilometres (648 miles) on a single charge.

According to the German carmaker, increased aerodynamics and battery efficiency allow for a range of 1,000 kilometer’s.

On a single charge, the Vision EQXX can go from New York City to Cincinnati, Berlin to Paris, or Beijing to Nanjing. In comparison to other long-range EVs on the road today, such as the Lucid Air (520 miles) and Tesla Model S Long Range Plus, it’s outstanding (402 miles). Unlike other cars, however, the Vision EQXX is only a concept with no intentions for mass manufacture. (For the time being.)


Mercedes-Benz eventually presented the automobile (virtually) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, after weeks of teasing. (Due to an increase in COVID-19 instances, Mercedes, like most of the large firms, abandoned its intentions to attend CES in person.)

The Vision EQXX will most likely serve as the foundation for a production car that will compete with other premium electric vehicles such as the Porsche Taycan, Audi E-tron GT, and Tesla Roadster, thanks to its sporting goals and sleek, futuristic style.

The Vision EQXX, on the other hand, is said to be more based in reality. The business states that their range estimates were based on a simulation of real-world traffic circumstances, implying that it will burn energy at a rate of 10kWh every 100 kilometers, or more than 6 miles per kWh. In terms of fossil-fuel use, this equates to about 235 miles per gallon in the United States, or 1 liter of gasoline every 100 kilometers.


A range estimate is, after all, just that: a guess. Any EV range will be certified separately by the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States, as well as Europe’s Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). The majority of electric vehicles on the market now have a range of 200-300 miles, with some older versions having less. The current generation of electric vehicles has a range of 250-300 kilometers.

EV range is, of course, quite subjective. Even the EPA’s grading system is only intended to provide a snapshot of the agency’s testing procedure under specified conditions. It usually ignores things like hard hill climbing and the impacts of cold weather, which may deplete a vehicle’s battery far more quickly than driving on level roads or in warmer weather.

The 117 solar cells put in the vehicle’s roof will assist the Vision EQXX. The solar roof, which was developed in partnership with Europe’s leading solar energy research center, is designed to counteract the high-voltage system’s energy drain while simultaneously extending its range. According to Mercedes, the solar cells may add up to 25 kilometers of range to long-distance trips in a single day under perfect conditions.


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