MANILA, Philippines – 2016 may turn out to be yet another fruitful year for the Philippines automotive industry. For the 4th consecutive year, the Philippines automotive industry has been experiencing year-on-year sales growth. Records on the Q1 of 2016 revealed total sales of 76,479 units or 22% growth over last year's Q1 sales or 62,882 units.
What's interesting about the mid-2016 sales record is the growth in sales of the Commercial vehicle. According to the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturer of the Philippines (CAMPI), The Passenger vehicle category holds 39% of the Q1 sales while the rest goes to Commercial vehicle category, not to mention the Category 5 Heavy Duty vehicles which almost grew nearly 95% due to the on-going infrastructure happening in the country.
On the car manufacturer ranking Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation sits on the top spot with 39.2% market share, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation follows with 19.20% market share, Ford Motor Company Philippines at 3rd with 10.31% market share while Isuzu Philippines Corporation with 8.61% finishes at 4th slightly higher than Honda Cars Philippines with 8.31% market share.
So which passenger vehicle sold most in Q1 of 2016? The Top 10 best-selling cars for mid-2016 (January-May) are as follow:
No.10 - Ford EcoSport - 4,077 units sold
The Ford EcoSport remains strong in the last spot with a first quarter total sales of 4,077 units. Exterior wise, the Ford EcoSport still has the latest design cue fit for the modern era. On the inside, the vehicle looks the same as the Ford Focus, which has one of the best interiors in its class.
No.9 - Toyota Innova - 4,258 units sold
The Toyota Innova sinks down from 3rd (mid-2015 ranking) place to 9th due to the model change in April 2016. With that mentioned, the 2016 Toyota Innova is still a promising MPV and maybe the best on in its class. Being a 2nd generation vehicle on the Innova line, the all-new Toyota Innova now comes with an all new look along with a new platform. All in all, it's entirely far better than its predecessor.
No.8 - Mitsubishi Mirage G4 - 4,950 units sold
The Sedan version of the Mitsubishi Mirage, the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 rises to the 8th spot thanks to its outstanding features and especially its budget friendly price starting from P563,000 (GX – M/T).
No.7 - Toyota Hilux - 5,182 units sold
The Toyota Hilux jumps from 8th (mid-2015 ranking) place to 7th in this year's ranking. The Toyota Hilux clearly outnumbers its competition (Mitsubishi Strada, Ford Ranger, Isuzu D-max) in sales making it the no.1 pick truck in its class.
No.6 - Isuzu MU-X - 5,274 units sold
The Isuzu MU-X enters the rank at the 6th place in the top 10 best-selling cars in the Philippines mid-2016. Although the Isuzu MU-X is basically a rebadged Chevrolet Trailblazer, the car is still worth the buck competing toe-to-toe against another main stream SUVs like the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Montero, and Ford Everest. Currently, the Isuzu MU-X might be the underdog on its class, but things are about to change once the 2016 Isuzu MU-X enters the Philippines market. Aside from a redesigned exterior and interior, the key feature of the new vehicle is its low gas consumption Blue Power equipped 1.9L Ddi engine (RZ4E-TC) which is 19% more efficient compared to the on-going model.
No.5 - Mitsubishi Montero Sport - 5,870 units sold
The Mitsubishi Montero Sport suffered a lot this past year over SUA (Sudden Unintended Acceleration) accusation by various Montero Sport owners. The net went viral with a lot of videos showing the alleged SUA moments of the vehicle. But still, the all-new Montero Sport released this year was able to overcome this issues and remain at the 5th spot on the best-selling cars in the Philippines mid-2016.
No.4 - Toyota Wigo - 6,020 units sold
Since its release in January 2014. The Toyota Wigo has made a long way. It was even awarded the "Best Micro Car of the year" by the Card Awards Group for 2014-2015. The vehicle was a joint creation by Toyota and Daihatsu in Indonesia. Toyota Motor Philippines brought the vehicle in the Philippines for the sole purpose of competing with the Mitsubishi Mirage in the subcompact category.
No.3 - Ford Everest - 6,037 units sold
Another new entry to the charts is the all-new Ford Everest. The all-new Ford Everest landed in many people's garage all over the country. Ford's latest SUV comes with a bold design and is unrecognizable from the last model. On the inside, the all-new Ford Everest comes with a better interior design and new elements as well.
No.2 - Toyota HiAce - 8,044 units sold
The Toyota HiAce is well known for providing durability, reliability and value. It has been in the Philippines market for decades and has serviced a lot of families and businesses. The Toyota HiAce is the longest existing model on the top 10 list and may as well be fare enough to declare that the Toyota HiAce is the overall best-selling car in the country.
No.1 - Toyota Vios - 13,900 units sold
The Toyota Vios remains on the stop spot with over 13,000 units sold from Jan-May 2016. Just like the Toyota HiAce, the Toyota Vios is also used in both personal and service business which can also be a reason for dramatically affecting its sales record. Most people would reconsider buying a car that is being used in the service sector, like a taxi for example. But the truth is. There are certain standards in relation to choosing which model to use such as budget, reliability and more. The Toyota Vios clearly passes all these standards which make it a very good vehicle to use, may it be for private or business.
The Mid-2016 auto sales record may be viewed as both good and bad news. Although the growth in sales reflects our country's economic growth, more units sold also means more cars in the streets, and with our country's road issues (bumper to bumper daily basis traffic), especially if you're a daily driver in the city. We're only left hoping for our newly appointed President Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte will do something about it.
- Source from bestsellingcarsblog.com