Myanmar Times & Business Reviews

30 Oct 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Myanmar Times & Business Reviews

The ’88 Corolla was a generation model in a line of stretching back to 1966. It the boxy looks of its predecessor and was worldwide but it seems nowhere so than Yangon, albeit 20 after its release.

The Super Saloon has a similar the first Nissan Sunny was just a month before the Corolla, in September 1966. The incarnation of the Nissan Sunny, as the B11 series, might be familiar to of the cult television show, Top Host Richard Hammond it the “worst car ever”, while Jeremy Clarkson showed delight in ceremonially destroying a B11 by it using a medieval trebuchet in his documentary, Jeremy Clarkson: on Cars (and also it “the worst car in the world, just in case you didn’t get the

The later model Nissan Super Saloon, the B12 series, has slightly better received at in Yangon.

But why do these two cars the former capital’s streets? to dealers at Myanmar’s largest car Hanthawaddy Car Trading Zone in township, the pair represent a mixture of reliability and fuel coupled with a relatively low tag.

“There are plenty of parts available for both of vehicles and they’re reliable. might be more than 20 old but they’re still going said U Aung Than a car dealer at Hanthawaddy.

They are both reasonably which also sways

“Instead of buying, for instance, the Toyota Corolla, which is double the price, customers choose the older 1988 and save themselves about 300 (about US$26,800),” U Aung Win said.

Their dominance to have taken something of a hit in months though, as values dropped significantly.

“The Super Saloon is now about lakh (K22 million; $19,500). Four months ago it was than 300 lakh (about he said. “The 1988 has also fallen in price, 425 lakh (about $38,000) to 320 (about $28,600).”

He said this price is partly to do with the popularity of industrial zone cars as jeeps and vans.

Nissan Sunny

“Even they are old cars, the Sunny and are more reliable and will longer than a new car from the zone,” he said. “They have a good reputation brokers and buyers and are quality

It is for this reason U Aung Win is confident the Sunny and Corolla continue to dominate the car market in But he says another secret to success is that they to a wide cross-section of buyers.

“The Sunny Super is especially popular with because it is fully electric steering, windows and mirrors and in many different colours,” he “They are also commonly-used by drivers, who favour them for that reliability but also good fuel economy.”

U Maung Lin, also a at Hanthawaddy, agreed that and Super Saloon were the two cars in the market.

“The is very cool at the moment and we are selling around five or six a day here at Hanthawaddy but most of are either the Corolla or Super he said. “They are also among the dealers, who trade themselves.”

And his tip on the car that could knock the or Super Saloon off its perch as favourite car?

“The R+ wagon. It’s cheap it’s made in Myanmar, a joint venture with the company from Japan, but the other industrial-zone cars actually good quality. I this will be more and popular as it becomes affordable.”

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