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MG Motors commences test drive of MG ZS EV in Karachi

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Javed Afridi in his tweet claimed it ‘Made in Pakistan MG EV’ that the company is manufacturing the same in Pakistan, but the same video clip is taken from Morris Garages Indian Company

KARACHI: The MG Motors has commenced the test drive of its MG ZS Electric Vehicle in Karachi on Sunday and it would be continued on Monday June 27.

According to the industry sources, its price of the vehicle would be around $48,990 in Pakistan and will have permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor and 44.5Kwh battery 105kW/353Nm, FWD, 263km range (WLTP). The company claimed that it could be drive 134 kilometer once battery fully charged.

However, Javed Afridi owner of the company in his tweet claimed it ‘Made in Pakistan MG EV’ that the company is manufacturing the same in Pakistan, but the same video clip is taken from Morris Garages Indian Company.

“It was a short video clip showing the assembly of an MG ZS EV in Pakistan but then noticed something a little off about the video, and started digging on the internet. A minute later, found the same video on the Morris Garages India YouTube Channel,” said a popular website in Pakistan. “The video is actually about the local assembly of the first MG ZS EV in India, and the facility shown in the video is actually a MG factory in Gujrat, India,” it added.

Javed Afridi, a representative of a renowned car brand in Pakistan, who’s followed by over 3 million people shared a copied video on his social media page.

MG local assembly line in Pakistan is under construction and customers will have MG CKD vehicles soon. But, sharing a video of an overseas manufacturing facility, and, that too, from India and captioning it ‘Made In Pakistan’ is totally unacceptable, misleading and unethical.

MG Pakistan has had its fair share of scandals since its debut in the Pakistani market. Stunts and blunders like this will only put question mark and doubts in the public minds and ruin MG’s reputation. The company already has been a point of extensive discussion for their under invoicing issue as well as questionable after sales service and support.

Few months ago, the customs authorities at Karachi port seized around 816 MG SUV vehicles following a dispute between MG Motors Pakistan and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) over the tax issues & customs duties.

The FBR had claimed that MG Motors is being importing vehicles in Pakistan through under-invoicing and the matter was sent to Post Clearance Audit department for further investigation.

Later, the Sindh High Court has directed the company to pay full customs duty or other charges to clear 816 MG SUV parked at the Port.