Friday, March 1, 2019

Volkswagen Philippines to Launch New Models in 2019


Volkswagen Philippines’s move to introduce its China nameplates has paid off handsomely. The German brand, distributed by AC Industrials, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ayala Corporation reported sales of 1,363 units or a 7 percent increase compared to 2017.

Though this number is significantly lower than the 50 to 60 percent increase expected by Volkswagen, their shift to the new nameplates enabled them to weather the excise tax storm which saw industry sales dip 20 percent.

With a new president at the helm of the company, Mr. Felipe Estrella III, Volkswagen is bullish this 2019. Coinciding with an expected recovery in overall vehicle sales, Volkswagen Philippines says they’re expecting a 50 percent growth this year.

This growth will be primarily driven by two things.

The first is AC Industrial’s decision to synergize their overall product strategy alongside the newly-acquired Kia. Mr. Estrella says that this will enable Ayala to flex their corporate muscle and give them the leverage to complete in several market segments without any danger of overlapping. For the Volkswagen brand, this means marketing and communicating “German design, engineering, and motoring lifestyle to the Filipino people.”

The second is Volkswagen Philippines’s announcement of 2 new models that’ll arrive in the country. This will effectively increase their product offering from the current 7 to 9 models by December 2019.

Though Volkswagen Philippines wants to keep their future product plans under wraps, the most obvious source would be to look at the German automaker’s China joint-venture with SAIC where the Santana, Lavida, Lamando, and Tiguan are currently sourced.

The strongest bet would be the Teramont, a 7-seater SUV built atop the advanced MQB platform and designed to do battle with the likes of the Ford Explorer and Mazda CX-9. Along with the Teramont, Volkswagen may opt to bring back the second-generation Tiguan, albeit with a 7-seater configuration (Tiguan L) to further its reach in the compact crossover market or perhaps bring in something more affordable like the SUV version of the Santana, the Santana Cross. Another likely candidate could be the Tharu—a “powerful family SUV.”.

Along with this slew of new products, Volkswagen Philippines will be expanding its dealership network by 4 more by the end of the year, bringing its total to 12.

Are you excited for Volkswagen this 2019? What sort of vehicles would you like them to bring?

6 comments:

  1. Hopefully they could bring in some made in Germany-models.

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  2. yeah, they could bring many car models but if they don't expand or add many dealerships, not many would buy their cars. it would be a pain and hassle to have those cars serviced in their few and far between casas, with all the traffic.

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  3. I think that the leftover legit Volkswagens accounted for much of the sales increase last year. Of all the China-sourced models, the most common may be the cheapest Santana but even those are scarce. IMO, VW Philippines' move to Chinese models may have diminished its brand equity here. Buyers had been willing to shell out a premium for the German models because they had been truly premium and their new models may be priced on par with the competition, but they're looking like bargain-basement products.

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    1. I've seen quite a few Santana's the past month and a half; sightings in BGC, Intramuros area and Makati City.

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  4. yehey! more German-"inspired" cars coming!

    okay to be fair- they are German quality vehicles... circa 2009 German vehicles lang nga.

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  5. who cares if it's china made? 2 million made in japan subarus are being recalled mind you.

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