The COVID-19 pandemic affected local car sales, which obviously hit the overall operation of car brands in the country. The Philippine automotive industry is slowly getting back on its feet as dealerships are now adapting to the new normal of doing business.
According to the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI), local car sales increased by 225 percent from May to June 2020. Moreover, the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors Inc. (AVID) reported a 198 percent increase in sales from May to June 2020.
The 2020 Geely Coolray
With that in mind, Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP), the official distributor of Geely vehicles in the country, surprisingly stood out in terms of car sales in June. The Chinese car brand sold 154 Coolray units amid all the adversities.
What’s more surprising is the fact that Geely bested four car companies combined. These companies include the Auto Nation Group (distributor of Mercedes-Benz, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Jaguar, Land Rover) with 67 units sold, Legado Motors Inc. (distributor of GAC) with 3 units sold, Motor Image Pilipinas Inc. (distributor of Subaru) with 9 units sold, and The Covenant Car Company Inc. (distributor of Chevrolet) with 26 units sold. This brings us to a total of just 105 units combined.
Under the hood, it is powered by a 1.5-liter inline-3 turbo gasoline engine
One can expect that Geely will further solidify its brand in the local industry since the Coolray is positively received in the local market. The sales performance of the Geely Coolray can be attributed to its stylish and functional design that comes with a Php 978,000 starting price.
The Coolray is undeniably a well-designed subcompact crossover inside and out
SGAP President & CEO Mikihisa said, “this is definitely a very positive development as every auto brand try to bounce back during this post-ECQ period. We are very delighted of this outcome since it is mainly driven by one model, the Coolray and only one showroom located in North Edsa.”
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Know more about Geely Coolray 2021
The Coolray is a subcompact crossover that marked the return of Chinese automotive juggernaut Geely to the Philippine market. This model comes in three variants which are the Comfort Turbo, the Premium Turbo, and the Sport Turbo. Physically, all variants are the same size at 4,300 mm long, 1,800 mm wide, and 1,609 mm tall. The engine across all variants is a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder turbocharged gasoline with a power output of 177 hp and 255 Nm of torque. It also features LED daytime running lights and headlights for the top-of-the-line Sport variant. The Coolray’s cabin is decked in black and accented with red design details on the dashboard and the seats. It also comes with 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment that sits at the center of the car. For additional safety and convenience, the Geely Coolray has a park assist feature and a 360-degree camera view.