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Philippines November 2013: Toyota now above 40% share

December 29th, 2013 No comments

Toyota Vios Philippines November 2013. Picture courtesy of carguide.phToyota Vios

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New car sales in the Philippines are unaffected by the typhoon Haiyan, up a gigantic 25% year-on-year in November to 18,246 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 190,867 units, up 35% on a record-breaking 2012 figure and now assured to break the 200,000 annual unit-milestone by the time 2013 comes to an end for the very first time in the history of automobile in the Philippines! Boosted by the record-breaking run of the new generation Vios which should be the best-selling car in the country by far this month, Toyota passes the 40% market share milestone this month at 40.7% thanks to 7,426 sales vs. “just” 35.7% year-to-date. In second place, Mitsubishi falls under 20% at 19.8% vs. 20.4% so far in 2013, while Hyundai is at 9.4% vs. 10.3% year-to-date. Ford stays strong at #4 and 6.5% while Honda crumbles down to 3.6% vs. 6.4% year-to-date.

Previous month: Philippines October 2013: Toyota close to 40% market share

One year ago: Philippines November 2012: Toyota and Mitsubishi dominate

Full November 2013 Top 20 brands Ranking Table below.

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Philippines October 2013: Toyota close to 40% market share

November 27th, 2013 No comments

Toyota Vios Philippines October 2013. Picture courtesy of paultan.orgThe Vios pushed Toyota up to 38.7% share in the Philippines this month.

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As the country is slowly recovering from typhoon Haiyan, we now have access to October car sales data by brand. Models figures will follow in about 3 weeks. No doubt the typhoon will affect sales figures in November, but for now the Filipino car market is still frankly into record territory, with October sales up an impressive 15% year-on-year to 19,182 registrations (temporary figures), bringing the year-to-date total to 172,621 units, up 19% on 2012. Thanks to the success of the new generation Vios, Toyota sells 7,422 units this month, that’s 38.7% of the market, well above its year-to-date level of 35.2%. Mitsubishi is back above 20% share at 20.5% while Ford maintains itself at a splendid 4th place thanks to 1,286 sales, Isuzu is up to #5 thanks to the new D-Max and Chevrolet is up to #7 vs. #10 year-to-date.

Previous month: Philippines September 2013: Toyota Vios breaks record for 2nd consecutive month

One year ago: Philippines October 2012: Toyota could monopolise podium

Full October 2013 Top 20 brands Ranking Table below.

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Philippines September 2013: Toyota Vios breaks record for second consecutive month

November 19th, 2013 3 comments

Toyota Vios Philippines September 2013Toyota Vios

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With a little bit of delay, thanks to myk I can share with you an all-models ranking for the Philippines in September. The Filipino new car market continues to evolve at record heights, up 15% year-on-year to 16,991 registrations in September which brings the year-to-date total to an all-time high 153,439 units, also up 15% on 2012. Thanks to the new generation of the model, the Toyota Vios broke the nameplate’s all-time monthly volume record in August with 2,125 sales. It repeats this feat in September with a huge 2,251 units sold for a mammoth 13.2% market share. Year-to-date, the Vios is now just under 10% share at 15,008 sales and 9.8%.

Ford Explorer Philippines September 2013Ford Explorer

The rest of the Top 4 is identical to the year-to-date ranking: the Mitsubishi Montero Sport ranks 2nd at 1,162 units and 6.8% ahead of the Toyota Innova with 1,010 sales and 5.9% and the Toyota Fortuner at 765 units and 4.5%. The Mitsubishi Adventure is up to #5 vs. #8 year-to-date, kicking the Mitsubishi Mirage down to #6. Other great performers this month in the Philippines include the Hyundai Accent up to #11, Ford Explorer up to #18 vs. #31 year-to-date, Kia Rio up to #19 vs. #27, Ford Focus up to #21 vs. #34 and the Subaru Forester up to #25 vs. #33.

Previous month: Philippines August 2013: Toyota Vios breaks record

One year ago: Philippines October 2012: Toyota could monopolise podium

Full September 2013 Top 116 All-models Ranking Table below.

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Philippines August 2013: Toyota Vios breaks record

September 26th, 2013 2 comments

Toyota Vios Philippines August 2013Toyota Vios (Thai model shown)

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In August, new car sales in the Philippines are up a mammoth 22% year-on-year to 16,046 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to a record 136,448 units, up 16% on 2012. Thanks to the new model, the Toyota Vios broke its monthly sales record at 2,125 units in August, with its previous best being 1,760 sales last December. Toyota grabbed 43.8% of the market this month at 6,007 units vs. 40.3% year-to-date. We now have access to an almost complete Top 145 models ranking with shows the Mitsubishi Montero Sport now in 2nd place year-to-date at 9,515 units, above the Toyota Innova at 9,489 and the Toyota Fortuner at 8,187. The Mitsubishi Mirage saves its 5th place for just 5 sales at 5,305 vs. 5,300 for the Honda City , while the Mitsubishi Adventure is starting to threaten the Isuzu Crosswind and the Toyota Hilux is teasing the Toyota Avanza to gain a spot in the year-to-date Top 10…

Previous post: Philippines June 2013: Now with Top 140 models ranking!

One year ago: Philippines August 2012: Isuzu Crosswind and Mitsubishi Lancer shine

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Philippines 6 months 2013: Now with Top 140 models ranking!

September 5th, 2013 1 comment

Toyota Vios Philippines August 2013. Picture courtesy of livelifedrive.comToyota Vios (Thai model shown)

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Finally a reliable models ranking available for the Philippines, even though it’s coming with a bit of delay. Over the first half of 2013, a record 102,571 new vehicles were registered in the country, up 16% on 2012 and the first time the 100,000 sales-milestone is passed after just 6 months. The Toyota Vios is the most popular model in the Philippines once again with 8,895 sales and 8.7% share, including 3,129 over the last 2 months, and should reinforce its leadership over the second half of the year now that the new generation of the model is on sale in the country. In fact the Top 4 is unchanged compared to the Full Year 2012 ranking: the Toyota Innova is #2 at 7,331 units and 7.1%, followed by the Mitsubishi Montero Sport at 6,969 and 6.8% and the Toyota Fortuner at 6,364 and 6.2%.

Mitsubishi Mirage Philippines June 2013Mitsubishi Mirage at Landmark shopping mall, Manila Philippines April 2013

The big event is the arrival in 5th place of the Mitsubishi Mirage with an excellent 4,084 sales and 4% share, directly #2 passenger car in the country below the Toyota Vios! The Honda City is up from #9 in 2012 to #6 at 3,931 units and 3.8%, ahead of the Toyota Hiace, Isuzu Crosswind, Toyota Avanza and Hilux, making it 6 Toyotas in the Top 10. Only #47 in 2012, the Ford Ranger shoots up to #12 so far in 2013 thanks to 2,139 sales. Other big gainers over the period include the Ford Everest up to #17, Honda CR-V up to #20, Hyundai Santa Fe up to #24, the Chevrolet Trailblazer landing directly at #30, Chevrolet Colorado at #35 and the Toyota 86 at a fantastic 39th place with 373 sales!

Previous post: Philippines July 2013: Toyota, Mitsubishi and Hyundai sovereign

Previous June post: Philippines June 2013: Toyota king of the roads

One year ago: Philippines June 2012: Hyundai Accent and Eon impress

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Philippines July 2013: Toyota, Mitsubishi and Hyundai sovereign

August 23rd, 2013 No comments

Hyundai Eon Manila April 2013Hyundai Eon in Manila, Philippines April 2013

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Only a brands ranking available this month for the Philippines and there are no surprises on top: Toyota leads by far with 6,088 sales ahead of Mitsubishi at 3,647 and Hyundai at 1,844. Ford, Honda and Isuzu are the only other carmakers to sell over 1,000 units this month. Notice also Kia up to #7, Mazda up to #12 and Lexus up to #15.

Special Manila Auto Show April 2013 reports:

Part 1: Is the Pinoy car market on the verge of explosive growth?

Part 2: Has the time come for Chinese manufacturers in the Philippines?

Part 3: Special Jeepney Photo/Video report

One year ago: Philippines July 2012: Hyundai Eon up to #15

Full July 2013 Top 20 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Philippines June 2013: Toyota king of the roads

July 23rd, 2013 No comments

Toyota Avanza Philippines June 2013Toyota Avanza in Manila, Philippines April 2013

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CAMPI reported a record 87,226 sales for the carmakers they cover after 6 months in 2013, up 20% on 2012 and including 28,035 Passenger Cars, up 28% year-on-year. AVID reported sales down 3% to 15,345 units, which brings the overall market to 102,571 registrations halfway through 2013, the first time ever the Filipino new car market is above 100,000 units after 6 months! Over the first half of 2013, Toyota is by far the most popular brand in the Philippines with 34,714 sales and 33.8% share, followed by Mitsubishi at 21,282 units and 20.7% and Hyundai with 10,992 sales and 10.7%. This podium is reproduced in June.

Full June 2013 Top 20 All-brands Ranking Table below.

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Philippines March 2013: Market at record levels

April 19th, 2013 9 comments

Toyota Vios Philippines March 2013Toyota Vios in Manila, Philippines April 2013

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Still only brands data for now for the Philippines, hopefully I will be able to share models data again shortly for this country. And as detailed in my special Manila Auto Show Report, the Pinoy car market is on fire this year. Building on an all-time record in 2012, new car sales are up 11% year-on-year in March to 18,141 registrations, bringing the Q1 2013 total to a record 49,558 units, up a mammoth 24% on Q1 2012. At this rate, the new car market in the Philippines could end 2013 above 225,000 units!

Hyundai Eon Philippines March 2013Hyundai Eon and Jeepney in Manila, Philippines April 2013

Toyota is still king of the castle here with 6,372 sales and 35.1% in March and 34.2% year-to-date, followed by Mitsubishi back just below 20% share this month at 3,612 units, adding up to 10,012 and 20.2% year-to-date. Hyundai rounds up the podium with an excellent 12.8% share in March thanks to 2,327 sales vs. 12% year-to-date. Notice also Ford up to #5 with 5.5% and Suzuki up to #8 at 2.2%

Special Manila Auto Show April 2013 reports:

Part 1: Is the Pinoy car market on the verge of explosive growth?

Part 2: Has the time come for Chinese manufacturers in the Philippines?

Part 3: Special Jeepney Photo/Video report

Previous month: Philippines February 2013: Mitsubishi takes off to 21.4% share

Full March 2013 Top 20 brands Ranking Table below.

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Manila Auto Show 2013 Part 3: Jeepney Special Report

April 10th, 2013 6 comments

Manila Jeepney1Good old me proudly posing next to “Jesus loves you” the Jeepney…

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This is Part 3 of 3 special reports on the Manila International Auto Show 2013. You can check Part 1 – an overview of the Filipino car market and its perspectives for the near future here and Part 2 – Has the time come for Chinese manufacturers in the Philippines? here. Last but not least, I am now introducing the much-anticipated special photo/video Report on the world-famous Jeepneys that crawl the streets of Manila.

First a bit of history. Our friend Wikipedia says Jeepneys were originally made from US military jeeps left over from World War II. The word jeepney came from the combination of the words “jeep” and “jitney”, a small bus that carries passengers on a regular route with flexible schedule.

Manila Jeepney8b“Virgin Mary”

The original jeepneys were refurbished military jeeps by Willys & Ford. Modern Jeepneys are now produced with surplus engines and parts coming from Japan. My faithful Loney Planet guide said you are bound to lose yourself on your first couple of trips in a Jeepney… Well.

Manila Jeepney3“Capri Conn”

You see directions are written on the Jeepney itself but are pretty confusing to understand as the same street can have 3 different names… In spite of the elements conspiring against me, my first Jeepney trip was perfect – probably because I asked the driver to tell me where to get off. The following two trips: not so much. But that’s the whole fun of it!

Manila Jeepney10“3 Brothers” with happy passengers

One ride from/to anywhere in Manila costs just 8 Pesos (20 cents) and can last up to an hour depending on the traffic. So lots of photo opportunities and a truly amazing experience, which I strongly recommend to any of you readers that have decided to travel to the Philippines. Much better (and much cheaper) than travelling in a taxi, trust me on that one!

Now to the Jeepneys’ sound…

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Manila Auto Show 2013 Part 2: Has the time come for Chinese manufacturers?

April 8th, 2013 3 comments

Manila Auto Show Chery1Can’t be clearer…

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This is Part 2 of 3 special reports on the Manila International Auto Show 2013. You can check Part 1 – an overview of the Filipino car market and its perspectives for the near future here. Next, let’s focus on the most striking aspect of the Auto Show to me: the space allocated to Chinese manufacturers and their dynamism in the place. Even though Chery first launched in the country in 2007, I have seen absolutely no Chinese cars in the streets of Manila during the 4 days I stayed there. So far, not so good for the Chinese in the Philippines, which makes their dominance at the Show even more interesting.

Manila Auto Show Chery2Good old me with Leon Herrera, CEO of Chery Motors Philippines

I had the privilege to interview Leon Herrera, CEO of Chery Motors Philippines, the brand’s new distributor in the country. For him, “the time has come” for Chery and Chinese manufacturers in the Philippines. Mr Herrera started his career turning the VW Beetle into a roaring success locally in the 70s and 80s, before launching both Hyundai and Kia here. Like in most export markets Chery has entered so far (with the exception of Europe with the Qoros brand), it competes on price. Mr Herrera says “similarly to the Korean when they first appeared locally, we are the cheapest in each category we compete in, but most importantly the technology is now on par”.

Manila Auto Show DongFeng4The Hummer is alive and kicking – as a DongFeng…

Chery resets its presence in the Philippines by launching no less than 4 all-new models this month: the X1 Mini SUV, E5 compact sedan, Fulwin 2 hatchback and QQ3 minicar, all very recent technologies. Mr Herrera sees the most sales potential for the all-new QQ3. At P419,000 or US$10,070 the QQ3 is the cheapest new car on sale in the Philippines (bar the classic QQ3 at P399,000) and “perfect as a first car, for young families, women or students”, says Mr Herrera. With car ownership set to increase sharply over the next few years (see my first report), Mr Herrera does have a point: I saw countless amounts of Hyundai Eon in the streets of Manila during my stay, and the QQ3 is sized similarly.

Manila Auto Show Chery3The Chery Q22 11-seater generated lots of interest from the local press

But it’s the Q22 11-seater LCV that generated by far the most interest from the local press at the Show. Selling for P565,000 or US$13,700 it has no competition price-wise for this size. Remember the smaller Toyota Avanza and Mitsubishi Adventure both ranked within the Top 5 models last year locally, so the potential is there. Mr Herrera confirms: “in the Philippines there is a tradition of extended families living together. When you get married you stay at your parents’ place and when you move out your sister moves in with you and so on. So this is perfect for this type of structure, and also of course for commercial use as a taxicab.”

Manila Auto Show FotonFoton comes in the Philippines all guns blazing

Numbers now. Chery is “aiming at a spot in the Top 5 this year and between 10 and 15% of the market” by 2015, which would place Chery at #3 below only Toyota and Mitsubishi and on par with Hyundai… A very bold target indeed. Mr Guibing Zhang, vice-president of Chery International who I also had the privilege to interview, was a little more cautious. For him, “the priority is to establish a solid foundation in the country and earn the trust of the Filipino consumer as a reliable brand. It’s a step-by-step process”.

Manila Auto Show DongFeng5Good old me with Raymond Tumao, CEO of DongFeng Philippines

I came back a couple days later to check out the public reaction at the Show and the Chery stand was literally flooded by (future?) consumers intrigued by this whole new range of very cheap cars. But Chery was only one of 10 Chinese manufacturers present at the Show. Foton had an impressive display of manliness with leather-clad male and female models posing next to 3 souped-up Thunder pick-ups, making all the other exhibitors at the Show look like teenage girls with ponytails.

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Manila Auto Show JMC2JMC logo (bet you didn’t recognise that one!)

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