FOUNDED in July 2010, the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (Avid) is helping boost the domestic auto industry as well as the Philippine economy. The group’s growth in sales in the first seven months of 2013 is proof of this. (See story on C2)
Avid, a private non-stock, non-profit business association, was established as a response to the need to accelerate government and private enterprise initiatives toward improving industry competitiveness.
Composed of 11 acknowledged leaders in the Philippine automobile industry, Avid advocates for more effective management of the diverse commercial, consumer and legislative aspects that affect the industry and the overall economy. The association partners with a growing network of industry experts from government and the private sector to provide reasonable and objective information about free and fair competition, and consumer welfare.
This is how Avid makes significant contributions to assisting policy makers in crafting a system of laws and regulations to advance the local and global competitiveness of Philippine businesses.
Profile of AVID members
Geely is one of China’s top 10 auto manufacturers and among the country’s top 500 firms. Established as an independent firm in 1986, Geely launched its auto manufacturing business in 1997 and is today a fully integrated independent auto firm with a complete auto eco-system—from design and research and development to production, distribution and servicing.
British United Automobiles Inc.
British United Automobiles Inc., or BUAI, is the first and exclusive distributor of Mini in the Philippines. Incorporated only in 2009, BUAI embodies a synergy of resources and strategies into its operations from professional, experienced and seasoned management teams and stakeholders of the Autohub Group.
CATS Motors Inc.
CATS Motors Inc. is the general distributor of Mercedes-Benz, Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge in the Philippines. Established in 1989, it engaged in car accessory importation, retail sales and servicing of various car brands mostly for the upscale market.
The Covenant Car Company Inc.
The Covenant Car Company Inc. was appointed by General Motors in 2009 as the exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet cars in the Philippines.
Focus Ventures Inc.
Focus Ventures Inc., formed in 2007, exclusively distributes, markets, and services Chinese brands which are at the top of its segment in China: King Long for its buses and vans, and FAW for commercial trucks.
Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI)
In August 2001, Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) of South Korea appointed HARI as the official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in the Philippines.
Jaguar Cars Inc.
Jaguar Cars Inc. is the exclusive Philippine distributor of Jaguar and Land Rover.
Motor Image Pilipinas Inc.
Motor Image Pilipinas Inc. is the exclusive distributor in the Philippines of Subaru.
PGA Cars Inc.
PGA Cars Inc. is the sole importer and distributor of Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini and Bentley vehicles in the Philippines. It is part of the Coyiuto Group of Companies.
Scandinavian Motors Corporation
Scandinavian Motors Corporation is a 100-percent Filipino-owned company and the authorized importer of Volvo cars in the Philippines.
United Asia Automotive Group Inc. (UAAGI)
Better known as Foton Philippines, UAAGI has been the exclusive distributor of Foton commercial vehicles in the country since 2006.