2020 Philippine car sales down by 40 percent with 244K units sold 

Updated Jan 27, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Nissan are the top 3 brands in 2020.   

The coronavirus pandemic forced our country into extensive lockdowns that caused limited economic activity. This resulted in a domino effect that brought some of the established companies to lay off their workforce or even shut down their operations.    

The Philippine automotive industry is one of the industries that suffered a huge blow last year. In a report by Visor, the local car sales in 2020 went down by 40.4 percent with a total of 244,617 units sold. In comparison, car sales in the Philippines last 2019 yielded 410,187 units sold.

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Despite the decrease in sales, the Philippine automotive industry was determined to weather the storm caused by the pandemic. One of the things that local car brands did was to shift their strategy in reaching potential clients by investing in the digital platform.  

Car brands in the Philippines revamped their respective websites and transformed it into virtual showrooms. Aside from virtual showrooms, car brands made use of the digital platform by hosting virtual vehicle launches throughout 2020. Despite that, car sales in the Philippines still went down, which is expected due to the economic effect of the pandemic.  

2021 Toyota Vios 

Toyota is still the reigning car brand in the Philippines

With that in mind, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is still the best-selling car brand in the Philippines last 2020. Toyota Philippines yielded 99,545 units sold last year, which translates to a 40.7 percent market share. In comparison, TMP sold 161,385 units last 2019. As such, TMP had a decrease of 38.3 percent in terms of Year-To-Date sales.   

2021 Mitsubishi Xpander front

Mitsubishi Xpander

Coming in second is Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) with 37,366 units sold, a 15.3 percent market share. Mitsubishi Philippines yielded 64,065 unit sales last 2019, which means that it suffered a sales dip of 41.7 percent.  

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Nissan Navara

The top three car brands in the Philippines last year are rounded up by Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) with 21,751 units sold, an 8.9 percent market share. In 2019, Nissan Philippines registered 42,694 units sold, translating to a sales plummet of 49.1 percent.    

Hyundai and Suzuki completed the top five car brands in the Philippines in 2020. Hyundai posted a total of 16,346 units sold while Suzuki had 15,515 units. On the other hand, Ford fell short in entering the top five car brands in 2020 with 14,775 units sold.        

 
 
 
 
Car Brand
2020
2019
Market Share (%)
Toyota
99,545
161,385
40.69
Mitsubishi
37,366
64,065
15.28
Nissan
21,751
42,694
8.89
Hyundai
16,346
32,856
6.68
Suzuki
15,515
23,919
6.34
Ford
14,775
21,900
6.04
Honda
11,711
20,338
4.79
Isuzu
11,240
13,971
4.59
MG
3,432
5,085
1.4
Foton
2,456
4,293
1
Geely
2,158
229
0.88
Kia
2,129
5,019
0.87
Mazda
1,374
2,666
0.56
Subaru
784
2,752
0.32
Mercedes-Benz
620
944
0.25
BMW
611
920
0.25
Chevrolet
503
3,125
0.21
Lexus
474
626
0.19
Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep
300
345
0.12
Mahindra
283
155
0.12
GAC
255
262
0.1
Volkswagen
177
550
0.07
Jaguar/Land Rover
172
168
0.07
Changan
141
42
0.06
Peugeot
137
179
0.06
Mini
130
129
0.05
Tata
86
286
0.04
Volvo
63
124
0.02
SsangYong
52
68
0.02
SAIC
31
344
0.01
PGA Cars
-
739
-
Aston Martin
-
9
-
Total
244,617
410,187
 

Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Nissan are the top three brands in 2020. [Source: Visor

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Toyota leads the local automobile industry, distributed by Toyota Motor Philippines. It has a staggering total of 73 dealerships all over the country. It has 27 dealerships in Luzon, 15 in the Visayas, 11 in Mindanao, and 20 in Metro Manila, including Lexus Manila, Inc. for its service centers and sales distribution. TMP has the most extensive car lineup in the country, with its current range consisting of 20 vehicles in total. See the latest price list of Toyota vehicles in the Philippines here.

Martin Aguilar

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Martin is the Content Editor of Philkotse. His love for cars first started when he got a remote-controlled toy as a birthday present. Then, Martin’s interest in cars was further developed through his family’s humble collection of Japanese cars.

Martin started his writing career as an editorial assistant and writer for various magazines under ABS-CBN Publishing. Before joining Philkotse, Martin was a writer for Autoindustriya then shifted gears in 2017 to become the editor for AutoDeal.

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