• Imported vehicle sales 23% higher in May


    The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors (AVID) racked up sales that totaled 3,217 units in May, reflecting 23 percent year-on-year growth from the 2,615 units posted in the same month last year.

    Enjoying sustained double-digit growth since the start of the year, AVID saw its year-to-date sales up by 16 percent at a total of 14,929 units by end-May.

    Contributing to AVID’s robust performance in May are combined sales from the passenger car (PC) and light commercial vehicle (LCV) categories, both of which posted double-digit growth. Notably, the PC segment continued to perform exceptionally well with 26 percent growth in sales, hitting a total of 1,743 units in May, compared to the 1,378 units sold during the same period last year. Hyundai and Subaru led the over-all sales for the PC segment with 33 percent and 40 percent year-on-year growth, respectively. Year-to-date, PC sales were up by 15 percent to 7,546 units versus year-ago levels.

    The LCV category also marked significant gains in May with a total of 1,474 units, up by 19 percent from May 2013 sales of 1,237 units.

    Standout performers for the month include Mini Cooper, Subaru and Chevrolet. For the first five months, LCV sales hit a total of 7,383 units, reflecting a 17 percent increase.

    “AVID’s growth momentum will continue to be reinforced by customer-driven innovation and firm domestic demand conditions despite moderate economic growth expectation this year,” AVID President Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo said.

    “The Philippine economy is off to a slow start in the first quarter as spill-over effects from Typhoon Haiyan and global market movements weighed down on the GDP in the first quarter, resulting in 5.7-percent growth. However, government is confident that the Philippine growth target of 6.5 [percent]to 7.5 percent will be achievable by yearend as consumption and investments boost growth,” she said.

    “Brisk vehicle demand and strong buying intentions can continue to spur growth in the automotive industry despite a disappointing first quarter,” she added.


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