• The Philippines’ top-selling cars for 2016

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    The figures are in, and the country’s automotive industry is well on its way to meeting its 2016 sales target of breaching the 370,000 mark. Fast Times collated the numbers from manufacturers (January to June) to see what the top-selling cars of 2016 are, so far. The best selling models from each manufacturer are (in no particular order of hierarchy):

    Toyota Vios – The Vios is a four-door subcompact sedan manufactured by Toyota, primarily for emerging markets in the Asia Pacific region. Now on its third generation, the Vios is a favorite of Filipino consumers and comes with a choice between a 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter engine mated to either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.

    Ford – Everest – Ford’s most popular model is the 3rd-generation Everest sport utility vehicle. This popular 7-seater SUV is a crowd favorite, thanks to its big, bold exterior design, much-improved ride, powerful engine, and advance safety features.

    Isuzu – mu-X – For the second year in a row, the mu-X has been Isuzu Philippines’ most popular model, thanks to its excellent record of power, efficiency, and durability. The mu-X is a true family-sized seven-seat SUV that replaced the Isuzu Alterra. For 2016, Isuzu introduced a 3.0-liter turbo power-plant for the mu-X to be sold alongside the 2.5-liter variant.

    Hyundai – Accent – This is Hyundai’s challenger in the sub-compact category. It is loaded with style and safety features complemented by a fuel-efficient engine.

    Honda – City – This is Honda’s compact car offering that sits into the slot between the Civic and the Jazz. This is a favorite choice for budding families who want the dependability and efficiency of a Honda at a more affordable price.

    Chevrolet – Trailblazer – This SUV is humongous and in fact, is the biggest in its class. This seven-seater is loaded with cutting edge technology and features, making it a hit with the bowtie brand lineup.

    Volkswagen – Jetta – This compact sedan is Volkswagen Philippines’ top performer in its lineup, as it offers German-engineering at an amazing value.

    Mercedes Benz – C-Class – Although its price does not show it, the C-Class is actually considered as Mercedes Benz’s entry-level luxury sedan—the main reason why this is their top-seller.

    BMW – 3 Series – BMW’s best-seller is a favorite car among drivers, who love a compact executive car that screams “sports” all the time.

    Peugeot – 301 – This is the French carmaker’s most popular model. This subcompact sedan is Peugeot’s response to the demand for an attainable product in the market that showcases their innovation and distinct French design.

    Nissan – NV350 Urvan – The fifth-generation family van of Nissan became an instant hit when it was launched last year. This model is a favorite among budding entrepreneurs who uses it to shuttle passengers or haul cargo during the workweek, and for family jaunts during the weekends.

    Suzuki – Celerio – Suzuki’s top seller is this city car that offers plenty of space and decent fuel economy. It has interesting looks and a profile designed for aerodynamics that work to create a stylish silhouette.

    Mazda – Mazda3 – This model is a favorite of car enthusiasts. This Japanese car offers everything from style, performance, technology, craftsmanship, and efficiency.

    Lexus – RX and NX – It’s a toss-up between the RX and NX, when we asked Lexus Manila what their top-selling vehicle was. Obviously, Filipinos have a penchant for SUVs. The only difference between the two is that the NX is a compact cross-over SUV while the RX is a mid-size luxury cross-over SUV.

    Porsche – Macan – Even with sport car badges, Filipinos really do love SUVs. That is why the Macan, Porsche’s luxury compact cross-over SUV, is the brand’s top-seller in the country. Filipinos do always like having the best of both worlds. Imagine having an SUV and a sports car at the same time. Brilliant!

    Audi – Q7 – This is Audi’s most popular model. The Q7 is a full-size luxury crossover with a finely crafted interior, a cavernous cabin with seating for seven, and choice between three very capable engines.

    Kia – Picanto – This is the Korean carmaker’s challenger in the compact car category. This hatch is a favorite among students, fresh graduates, and first-time car buyers due to its stylish design, fuel efficiency, and price.

    Mitsubishi – L300 – Suprisingly, Mitsubishi’s best-seller for the first half of the year is the L300 cab and chassis. This light commercial vehicle (LCV) was specifically designed as a workhorse for business. Enterprising Filipinos buy the units, then turn them either into passenger transport, cargo vehicle, or any other business application.

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