HYUNDAI SALES UP 21% IN JULY
“A stellar outlook for the remainder of the year anchored on positive business and
consumer sentiments bodes well for yet another exceptional year for
Hyundai and the Philippine automotive industry.”
- Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, HARI President and CEO
Performance and Drivers
Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai vehicles in the Philippines, posted a 21% Year-on-Year (YoY) increase in July with sales soaring to 1,844 units against 1,530 during the same month a year ago.
The popularity of the brand’s Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) drove the July sales blitz, with all LCV offerings registering significant growth numbers to contribute to an overall 80% segment increase for the period. The all-new Santa Fe Mid-Size SUV continued to offer discerning Filipino buyers a taste of luxury without compromise, managing to roll out 113 units against just 2 in July 2012. Following this trend was the Grand Starex Passenger Van which posted a 69% uptick, while the H100 utility truck improved its performance by a stellar 306%. Rounding out the LCV onslaught was the Tucson, which reinforced its position as the number one Compact SUV in the market with a solid 5% increase in sales for the period.
Not to be outdone, the Elantra, 2012 Philippine Car of the Year carried the torch for the brand’s Passenger Car (PC) vehicles, expanding by 143% in the given period to offset steep supply constraints in the sub compact category.
Overall, Hyundai’s strong July performance has jumpstarted the brand’s campaign for the 2nd half of the year, compensating for the decline in the first semester to end with a mere 10% drop through the first 7 months of 2013.
Sales and Economic Outlook
Amid the below-trend growth seen across Asia, the Philippine economy continues to be a bright spot in the region and is projected to grow at breakneck pace towards year-end as the surging domestic economy offsets weaknesses in export demand. As a result, international institutions Standard and Poor’s as well as the International Monetary Fund have recognized the country’s upbeat performance and have accordingly hiked year-end GDP forecasts to a best-in-region 6.9-7% despite concerns about capital withdrawal leading to uncertainties in the global market.
With the economic and business landscape at an upward trajectory, the Philippine automotive industry is poised to attract yet another year of record-breaking performance.