Reduction In Used Cars’ Age Limit

The Challenge

The decision to allow 5 years old cars taken last year was based on a continuous negative campaign against the local car makers, over the last few years, the allegations had become perceptions and the industry or the PR side of it was unable to convince the journalists otherwise.

The Strategy

To counter the misperception and to highlight the disadvantages of importing used cars-causing havoc to local auto industry, The Passage initiated a well planned campaign to establish a ground that the government is being misled by mafia resulting in closure of small engineering concerns along with car manufacturers and other allied industries. Encounters with journalists, media briefings, appearances in electronic media, a series of independent stories and regular follow ups of devastating impact on production of local brand new cars, highlighted the industry’s point of view.

The Execution

On 22nd November, ECC announced a reversal of the age limit of imported used cars back to three years. Now, this decision will prove in years to come, not only favorable to the local auto and allied industries but the consumers as well as local manufacturing will ultimately help the industry to grow and bring new technologies, models and more foreign brands to Pakistan.

Saleem Mahmood
Chief Executive

Saleem Mahmood, founder and CEO of “The Passage,” has a passion for strategic PR and communications. His journey began as a public relations officer at Pakistan International Airlines, leading him to establish The Passage in 2000. Under his leadership, the company has executed thriving PR campaigns and set industry standards. Mr. Mahmood holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Karachi University.