It’s no secret that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has become one of the most important manufacturing hubs in the world.
As a result, global companies are setting up manufacturing plants domestically to either sell to the Chinese market or export to neighboring Asian markets to cut costs. This story is also true for cars, with electrification being considered and with China being one of the world’s largest EV markets, this is more acute than ever.
The Philippines is one of the countries benefiting from Chinese exports, either through Chinese car brands being sold domestically or through non-Chinese brands sourced from China. We have limited the tax on vehicles sourced from China and reduced the price of vehicles sourced from China. Duty free periods for EVs are also being pushed, which could affect the price of electric vehicles as well.
Below is a complete list of vehicles for sale in the Philippines that are currently sourced from China. Consihua Kai!
Chinese automaker BYD has launched sales in the Philippines with a lineup ranging from small hatchbacks to compact SUVs. However, the automaker has recently improved its offering and is now focusing on his EV.
According to the company’s website, you can now order BYD electric vehicles such as Tang, Han, Dolphin, Atto 3 and T3.
The relationship between Changhe and BAIC is undeniable as these car brands own shares in each other. As such, the Philippines’ Changhe MPV is actually his BAIC vehicle.
Laus Auto Group has a dealership in Pampanga, starting with the M60 MPV, and officially sells the Changhe in the country.
Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) switched from selling Hyundai passenger vehicles in the country and is now known as Changan Motor Philippines, Inc. (CMPI) and is the official distributor of Changan vehicles in the country.
Changan’s domestic lineup consists of the Alsubin sedan, CS75 Plus, CS35 Plus, the all-new CS55 Plus, the all-new UNI-K, and the all-new UNI-T crossover.
Chery is one of the earliest Chinese car brands in the Philippines, made popular in 2007 by the infamous Chery QQ.
Chery currently sells the Tiggo 2 Pro, Tiggo 5x, Tiggo 7 Pro and Tiggo 8 Pro, with the Tiggo 8 Pro having a PHEV version to push for electrification.
Chevrolet cars in the Philippines are made in Korea or USA. However, the Bowtie brand also sourced the Sail subcompact sedan from China, but that has been discontinued. Chevrolet Philippines is now sourcing its Tracker crossover from the People’s Republic.
Perhaps the resurgence of Chinese car brands in the Philippines is to Geely’s credit. The company offers excellent cars at affordable prices, allowing it to penetrate the list of the country’s top car brands in terms of sales.
Geely’s current vehicle line-up consists of Emgrand, Azkarra, Okavango and the hot selling Coolray.
Building on its reputation as a reliable commercial vehicle and heavy equipment manufacturer, Foton Philippines has also entered the passenger vehicle segment with the fast-selling TransVan, Traveller, and Toano vans, the Thunder pickup truck, and the Toplander midsize 7-seater. We sell SUVs. The Foton vehicle’s weight and swell are enhanced by a Cummins power plant designed in the USA. This is the trusted name in diesel engine technology.
Ford sources its truck and SUV lineup primarily from Thailand and the United States. However, the EcoSport was sourced from China before it was discontinued last year. Blue Oval is now getting its hot-selling Ford Territory from China, where it has a rebadged version called the Yusheng S330, produced through a joint venture between JMC and Ford.
Now under a new distributor, GAC Philippines will reopen in early 2023. Astara Philippines, which sells Peugeot in the country, is now at the helm of the Chinese brand.
With the rebranding, GAC PH now offers the GS3 small crossover, GS4 small crossover and GN6 MPV, along with the newly launched Empow sports sedan and the all-new GS8 midsize crossover.
With 11 local dealerships, Haima is one of the earliest surviving Chinese car brands in the Philippines. Haima’s current lineup includes the 7x, S7 and V70 flagship minivans/MPVs.
Affiliated with Berjaya Philippines, Inc., Kaicene is relatively new, derived from its former name of Changan. Distributed by Berjaya Auto Asia Ltd., currently offering Honor S passenger car MPV and his CX70 SUV at low prices.
Deviating from its truck and commercial vehicle line-up, JAC has augmented its diverse passenger vehicle arsenal in the Philippines. JAC PH currently sells the S4 compact crossover, the S2 small crossover, the T8 pickup truck and the X200 commercial van.
Kia Motors introduced the Salt, a China-sourced subcompact sedan, in 2019 alongside a relaunch of the brand under Ayala Group’s AC Industrials Corporation. The Stonic subcompact crossover is also currently sourced from China.
Jeep Philippines has made significant price cuts on its Compass and Renegade to make them more attractive to Filipino car buyers. That’s because both crossovers are sourced from China and assembled in partnership with GAC. This gave American brands some freedom in terms of pricing, in contrast to their previous assembly line in Italy (Renegade).
Maxus, a Chinese brand with a British heritage, entered the Philippine shores in 2019 with a line of MPVs (G10) and passenger vans (V80). The manufacturer eventually added his T60 pickup his truck to the line-up and pushed further with his G50 MPV and D60 crossover loaded with attractively priced technology.
Another British brand currently owned and assembled in China, Morris Garages (MG) is one of China’s most successful China-sourced brands. As such, MG is consistently one of the best-selling automotive brands in the Philippines.
MG PH currently sells the MG 5 and MG 6 sedans, the ZS subcompact and the RX5 compact crossover. New offerings include the ZS T and HS crossovers and the GT sports sedan.
WM, short for Weltmeister, is a Chinese EV brand founded by former Geely executive Freeman Shen. The brand will enter the Philippines in 2022 with his EV product, the W5. Weltmeister PH currently has a showroom in BGC to accommodate sales, but service is done at his TDG In.Hub Building in Taguig. Service facilities have charging stations to accommodate WM vehicles.
In mid-2018, Volkswagen Philippines, also owned by Ayala, revamped its lineup and started sourcing cars from China, further improving car pricing. From Polo, Golf, Passat and Jetta, Volkswagen replaced the range with Santana, Santana GTS, Lavida and Ramando. The automaker has further expanded its range with the introduction of his hot-selling T-Cross crossover, also sourced from China.