Friday, July 26, 2019

View From the Top: Toyota Philippines' Best-Selling Vehicles [ADVERTORIAL]


Toyota has always been synonymous with quality and reliability. The brand has endeared itself to many Filipinos and the Philippine car market so much that It’s a fair certainty that you or someone close to you to has owned a Toyota in their lifetime.

Taking a peek at any reliable car buying and selling websites in the Philippines, you can find countless of Toyota vehicles for sale with premium prices as merely having that brand name will mean that it is a solid and quality vehicle that is easy to fix if you ever need to at all.

Toyota has in fact mentioned that a large percentage of their cars sold in the Philippines since the early 90s still run our streets! Here’s a list of their top-selling vehicles with each one available in for every possible need of budget.


#1. Toyota Vios - From Php 662,000
Estimated Sales Figure (1H 2019): 12,200 units

The Brands’ perennial best-seller, the Toyota Vios can be considered one of the most successful models in Toyota Philippine’s line-up. Available in a plethora of variants from entry-level, fleet-specials to the top of the line models and it even has its own racing series, there’s almost nothing the Toyota Vios can’t do.

Performance is adequate from this front wheeled sub-compact sedan and is available in 2 engine options, a 1.3 engine that makes 96hp and 123Nm and a 1.5 liter making 105 horses and 140Nm. You can get the Toyota Vios in both a 5-speed manual or a 7-speed CVT so there’s a Vios for everyone!


#2. Toyota Hilux - From Php 829,000
Estimated Sales Figure (1H 2019): 8,700 units

The Toyota Hilux is one of the brand’s most iconic vehicles. You might remember the model being featured in a certain popular British motoring show, being subjected to the worst torture and stress tests. It was crashed, hurled from a high altitude, placed on top of a building being demolished and even washed at sea, the thing still ran!

In the Philippines, it is available, much like the Vios, in multiple configurations to accommodate every possible need.

From the fleet model catering to businesses to the range-topping Conquest model; Four-wheel drive and Rear- Wheel drive; automatic and manual, the choices are virtually endless and the powerful diesel mills, a 2.4 liter in the lower models and a 2.8 liter in the G and Conquest models, give the Hilux the perfect combination of power and efficiency for every situation.


#3. Toyota Fortuner- From Php 1,607,000
Estimated Sales (1H 2019): 7,700 units 

When the Toyota Fortuner was first introduced in the early 2000’s it created such a fire-storm of hype that Toyota had a very difficult time keeping up with the demand. How can it not be such a huge hit? The Rugged and macho styling paired with a solid platform of which it shares with the Hilux and Innova and powerful diesel engines make the car a solid choice for enthusiasts who wish to add this to their collection.

Previously, a petrol engine was available. Now it only gets the oil-burner with the same options available for the Hilux. Although it shares the same underpinnings as the Toyota pick-up, the Fortuner is still its own vehicle for those who appreciate a solid and luxurious vehicle and want to take their friends around too.


#4. Toyota Innova - From Php 1,025,000
Estimated Sales Figure (1H 2019): 7,300 units

Rounding up the Toyota Triplets, you have the Toyota Innova. It shares the same platform as the Hilux and the Fortuner and also carries the same engines. The Toyota Innova though takes a special space in the hearts of Filipinos in the local market as the MPV is the spiritual successor to the iconic Toyota AUV the Tamaraw FX and the Revo.

Toyota knows how much Filipinos love to haul their Family and Friends around thus the Innova is one of their best-selling cars. The MPV even makes it to the list of best 7-seaters for Filipino families according to Philkotse.com - one of the largest online platforms for gearheads in our country.

Much like the Fortuner and Hilux, this also has the same, if albeit de-tuned for comfort and hauling, engine that use a utilize diesel to propel itself. You won’t be needing Four-Wheel Drive in this model though and is thus only available in Rear-wheel drive configuration.

The styling also matches modern design languages and is even available in a Sport package with aero-kits to give the car a more aggressive look. Grocery getting with the family cannot be more stylish and sporty than in an Innova.


#5. Toyota Wigo - Php 557,000
Estimated Sales Figure (1H 2019): 6,300 units 

Some people were quite skeptical when the Wigo was first introduced. Toyota needed a horse in the super-mini subcompact race to fill the need of first-time car-buyers for a small, fuel-efficient car that won't break the bank. The Toyota Wigo ended up doing battle with rivals in the same segment and is so good that it is now king of the hill.

Developed in partnership with Daihatsu, a Toyota subsidiary, the lone engine available is a 1-liter dual over-head cam 3-banger creating a modest 65hp and 89Nm of torque. Modest is a generous term if you are more used to bigger cars an SUVs but the point of getting a Wigo is also the reason why it is such a best-seller; it gets you from point A to point B for the least money possible with its low price and impeccable fuel economy.

Plus with that Toyota badge you know you’re getting a good quality vehicle that can last for years to come, which is more than some cars in its segment can say for themselves.


#6. Toyota Hiace - Php 1,605,000
Estimated Sales Figure (1H 2019): 6,200 units 

The Toyota Hiace is one of the car brand’s most versatile models. Their best-selling van caters to the Philippine market’s need for a people hauler that it is ubiquitous and can be seen in every island of the country. From public transport to school bus and even luxury limousine, the possibilities and configurations the Hiace can be set up with are endless.

The Hiace can be had and seen as both a Commercial and Luxury vehicle. The powerful and efficient diesel engine plays second fiddle to the ride quality, space, and interior amenities. Seating capacity can vary from 15-seater UV express vans for optimum business use and can even be fitted with luxurious captain seats replete with amenities that rival luxury limousines. The Hiace is the swiss army knife of cars.

Toyota has a wide array of vehicles for almost every market segment, more comprehensive than any local car brand, in fact. From Small Hatchbacks to Luxury Vehicles they’ve pretty much covered the market with every model you can think of. Check out the latest Toyota Philippines price list and visit the nearest showroom! More likely than not, you’ll find the Toyota just for you.

Text and photos by Philkotse.com

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