Punjab: The land connecting all provinces
Punjab literally means ‘the land of five rivers’. It is the second largest province of Pakistan and has the greatest proportion of the country’s population. The flat undulating land makes lying down of roads and construction of a well-mapped network very convenient. This region is immensely important as it serves as a connecting gateway for all other provinces. Land connection between Karachi in the south and Peshawar in the north would be impossible without the well developed road infrastructure of central Punjab.
Differing landscapes, various vehicles
The terrain consists of huge tracts of flat land fit for arable purposes. Only in the extreme north does the land rise in the form of plateaus and low hills. In the south there is a semi-desert arid zone. This diversity of landscape calls for diversity in the types and kinds of vehicles seen through-out the province. In addition to varying topography, there are different levels of urban development and prosperity. Punjab has developed metropolitans like Lahore
, followed by numerous smaller cities such as Faisalabad, Sialkot, Multan
and so on.
The popularity of automobile brands and models show slight variation according to the terrain, the city, the demographic profile and wealth.
Automobiles in Punjab
People of the province are passionate and lively. They believe in celebrating all aspects of life. Their enthusiasm for their vehicles is no different. Great care is taken in buying and maintaining the vehicle. Suzuki, Honda and Toyota are the most favoured car brands followed by Daihatsu, Hyundai and Nissan. Compact and family sedans such as Suzuki Liana, Toyota Corolla, Honda City and Honda Civic make up for a huge chunk of the car market. The major reason is these cars perform particularly well in this landscape and climate.
In addition, the income spread of the province is such that there a quite a few number of people who can afford luxury cars, SUVs and sport cars. These are the mostly the landed wealthy class or the urban elites of the big cities. Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Porsche can be seen on the provincial capital’s roads.