Karachi ka tohfa – Baby Taxi

In August, i made a post on Taxis.. and the new colors each new company brings to the roads. At the time, Schwalf alterted us to the existance of the ‘baby taxi’, a novel idea, where a golf cart was used as a taxi, with the writing “Karachi ka tohfa – Baby Taxi” written on the back.

A couple of days back, i snapped a couple of pictures of one such machine. To tell the truth… it really *was* cute!! Anyone taken a ride in one of these yet?

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22 Comments so far

  1. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 12:32 pm

    How much do they charge per kilometer?

  2. SWA (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 1:02 pm

    its not a golf cart, its actually a super-compact car named ‘Alif’ developed indigenously by a Pakistani company called Transmission Motor Company. You can check out their website here: http://www.tmcpk.com/

  3. Farhan (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 2:33 pm

    It cost’s Rs 7.00 per km

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    aaahhhhh!! its a CAR!!! good heavens!!! its funny :p talk about re-inventing the wheel! these guys have taken the design back to the 40’s!

    arsalan: in karachi, you dont have rate per km, you have whatever rate you negotiate with the cab driver with :p you can therefore get rates as low as Rs. 5/km and as high as rs. 40/km (which happens all the time to poor (rich) foriegners).

  5. danny (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 7:30 pm

    Anyone know how much the alif car retails for?

  6. Mona (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 9:06 pm

    My my, Karachi has so many new things! Can’t wait to be there!

  7. Uni (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 10:02 pm

    I live in Karachi and I never saw one of those !
    Where in Karachi are these found?

    *stupid question I know*

  8. Azeem Jiva (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 11:35 pm

    This is off topic but has anyone seen this:


    They look nice, but being here in the states I have no idea how much construction has happened. Anyone near by want to check it out and report back?

  9. Gibran (unregistered) on October 18th, 2006 @ 11:51 pm

    Hey Azeem,

    I was in Karachi around September and I drove by this while I was testing out my new Prado. Its not fully constructed but its well on its way. Its a huge piece of real estate near the Defence Golf Club.
    Don’t know if it will eventually look as nice as the CGI pictures but from past experience I would say probably not.

  10. SS (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 3:25 am

    Whats the price tag on those Ali cars ?

  11. SS (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 3:25 am

    Whats the price tag on those Alif cars ?

  12. turab (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 3:31 am

    this car/better rickshaw is pretty zippy without alot of noise pollution

  13. Aussie_Paki (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 6:34 am

    k these Creek Marina site…I researched a bit…they are around $250k-300k (Australian Dollars). To me that is a lot of money – I mean if you don’t intend to live there then I don’t see a huge point, unless you have heaps of money you can spend and have a holiday home back in Pakistan. Also, really, wouldn’t you want to feel the reality? Like, how many people in Pakistan can even afford the luxury to even celebrate Eid? Or eat properly. Rather do something good. I don’t know. May be I am saying this cos I cannot afford that at the moment (just an under grad student atm), but perhaps would be better to help some people out….

    Also, this car – it is quiet ugly :$.

  14. SWA (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 7:11 am

    For people looking for info on Creek Marina and other projects going on in Pakistan, click the following link:


  15. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 7:12 am

    Retail prices
    TMC Alif Car: 172,500
    TMC Bay delivery van: 189,750
    TMC Bay pickup: 166,750
    Add Rs. 19,000 for CNG kit

    Length: 2900 mm
    Width: 1360
    Height: 1590
    Wheel base: 1880

    Engine: Single cylinder four stroke
    196.9 cc


  16. Aussie_Paki (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 8:39 am

    wow how does it function with just 196.9cc power?? =/

  17. striker (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 9:23 am

    i think it must have a top speep of 20 MPH
    any guess????????

  18. Abdul Sami (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 12:27 pm

    It’s a replacement to Rickshaws only

  19. Asma (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    It’s so cute :)

    I hope karachiites are enjoying it :~)

  20. Haseeb A (unregistered) on October 19th, 2006 @ 4:16 pm

    I saw this outside my mosque (as a private car). AndI thought this is china ka maaal. TMC isnt pakistani btw?

  21. icedmocha (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 12:39 am

    yaarrrr..the colour is sooo euckk. waisay mansoor has the car had an accident in th 2nd pic. u nd ur obsession with cars!

  22. IllusionFS (unregistered) on October 20th, 2006 @ 8:04 am

    Aussie_Paki: Karachis traffic is kind of slow now. So this vehicle with its low top speed is perfect.

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