Riding on back-to-back strong sales performance for the first two consecutive quarters of the year, pioneer compact car distributor Suzuki Philippines (SPH) concludes the first half of 2018 with 6 percent growth in unit sales over the same period last year.
Aggressive marketing and expansion initiatives enabled SPH to overcome the challenges that beset the local automotive industry in recent months, foremost of which was the first-phase implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law. Despite the 12 percent decline in sales performance for the entire local automotive industry compared with last year, SPH posted 6 percent growth in sales to secure the top 7th rank in the market. The brand penetrated various regions and strengthened its presence in key growth areas, in particular outside the National Capital Region, to extend the successes enjoyed during the first quarter of the year.
“The implementation of the TRAIN Law challenged the whole automotive industry, which led us to undertake concrete steps to make sure the Suzuki brand stays relevant and maintain its strong performance,” shared SPH Vice President and General Manager for Automobile Shuzo Hoshikura. “We are humbled to see our hard work paying off, allowing us to close the first half of the year with back-to-back successes. These accomplishments inspire and embolden our team even more to push forward to achieve our goals for the rest of the year,” he added.
Suzuki Philippines is known for quality vehicles that cater to the varying lifestyles and needs of Filipinos. Consistent with their performance during the first quarter of 2018, the Ertiga, Celerio, Vitara and Ciaz drove Suzuki sales in Q2. The four well-loved units combined accounted for more than 70 percent of H1 2018 sales.
The 7-seater family vehicle Ertiga remains the top-selling Suzuki vehicle in this year’s lineup with a 33 percent share of sales. Its spacious interior and power and cost efficiency appeal to Filipino families seeking utmost functionality and comfort.
Following Ertiga are the two award-winning Suzuki units, Celerio and Vitara, with 14 percent and 13 percent share of sales, respectively.
The Celerio hatchback, the Best Value-for-Money awardee in the standard mini category in last year’s Auto Focus People’s Choice Awards (AFMCA), boasts a light compact body that delivers a smooth and efficient drive perfect for city driving. Meanwhile, the Vitara, 2017 CAGI Car of the Year awardee under the Subcompact Crossover Category, offers Filipino drivers enhanced driving and safety features in a stylish design that lets millennials achieve optimum personalization for their vehicle.
Ciaz, the best personal commuter awardee in last year’s 12th C! Magazine Awards remains a top-selling Suzuki brand. Its elegant design, excellent fuel economy, spacious interior and affordable price enable the car to stand out in the B-segment category, making the subcompact sedan a significant contributor to Suzuki’s sales
SPH gears up for even more vigorous marketing and expansion efforts for the rest of the year. More product launches are in the pipeline, as are dealership openings and other marketing strategies, all building up on the achievements of the first half and aimed at further boosting industry presence.
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