According to the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, the automotive industry of the country shrank by 40% in terms of volume due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some models experienced a drop in sales, some nameplates still managed to come out on top. If you have plans to buy cars Philippines, here are the top 10 best-selling cars in the country in 2020.
Toyota Fortuner – 8,494 units
The Toyota Fortuner is the 10th best-selling car in the country in 2020 with 8,494 units sold. Last year, the midsize SUV received a major refresh. However, in 2019, the Fortuner was in 4th place with 19,865 units sold.
Mitsubishi Mirage G4 – 8,638 units
Maintaining its position from 2019 to 2020, the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 is in the 9th place. It is also the best-selling Mitsubishi in the country. In 2020, 8,638 units were sold. However, compared to 2019, the figure is only half the amount of 2019 sales with 17,835 units sold.
Nissan Navara – 9,164 units
Dropping 2 places, the Nissan Navara is in the 8th position with 9,164 units sold, a 50% drop compared to 2019 with 19,034 units. The diesel pickup is one of the most comfortable in its class. The car did not receive any updates in 2020. However, it still managed to shine in terms of technology features. It is often being chosen thanks to the Intelligent Mobility suite of features of Nissan with a 360-degree camera.
Ford Ranger – 9,767 units
While in 2019, the model did not make it to the top 10 list, it managed to get in the 7th position in 2020 with 9,767 units sold.
Toyota Rush – 10,194 units
The Toyota Rush is another surprise, jumping from the 10th position to the 6th place. The car was launched in 2018. In 2019, the baby Fortuner was sold in 15,172 units. In 2020, the figure dropped a little to 10,194 units. With only a 32% reduction in terms of sales, it was even able to defeat the industry shrinking.
This could be due to the fact that the Toyota Rush is an entry-level SUV/MPV model from the number 1 automaker in the Philippines. It might be possible for the vehicle to stick to its position thanks to its attractive price point as well as its brand reputation.
Toyota Hiace – 10,362 units
Surpassing its own ranking in 2019 and breaking the top 5 is the Toyota Hiace. The model had a great performance in 2020, no matter if it was a Commuter, GRandia, or Super Grandia. Unfortunately, its sales figures for 2020 shrank compared to 2019.
In 2019, 18,656 units were sold while only 10,362 units left showroom floors in 2020, resulting in a around 45% shrink.
Toyota Innova – 10,551 units
In the 4th place is the Toyota Innova with 10,551 units sold. The vehicle only dropped 1 spot down compared to 2019. Despite a few setbacks, the Innova still has a strong spot on the top 10 list. In 2019, there were 20,794 units sold. The total sales volume in 2020 was reduced by over 50%.
Toyota Wigo – 11,853 units
In 2020, entry-level mobility saw a rise in the market with people looking for value-oriented and more affordable choices. In the Toyota lineup, the Toyota Wigo has the most reasonable price point. Its ranking went from 7th in 2019 to top 3 in 2020.
In 2019, Toyota managed to sell 18,183 units. The number decreased to 11,853 units in 2020, accounting for a 35% reduction in sales.
Toyota Hilux – 13,637 units
In the second place is the legendary Toyota Hilux. 13,637 units left the showroom in 2020. The pickup received an update in 2020, which could have resulted in its position in the market.
In 2019, 20,846 units were sold. In 2020, the nameplate experienced only a 34.5% reduction in sales.
Toyota Vios – 25,290 units
The Toyota Vios is the still Philippines’ number 1 best-selling car. It is surprising that in the midst of a pandemic and economic depression, the car still managed to sell 25,290 units, accounting for 23.7% sales volume hit, beating the industry reduction.