The auto industry registers yet another growth for the month of April with a year-to-date growth for the first four months of 14.8% compared to the same period last year selling 39,981 units of which 11,078 units were sold in April alone. Month on month sales for April showed a 4.3%, a respectable growth despite the rise in fuel prices.
The Philippine market, generally characterized by a greater share of Commercial Vehicle sales continues to remain strong. CVs continue to dominate the local market covering 66% of total vehicle sales nationwide. CV sales YTD registered a robust 16.2% growth with a strong month on month sales of 7.4% increase for April sales vs. March. Increase in CV sales is attributed to a sustained growth in the LCV segment which comprise of Pickup trucks, vans, and compact SUVs.
The increase CV sales is attributed to the shift of consumer's preference to diesel-fed models brought about by the increase in fuel price. It is forecasted that sales will continue to grow in the coming months.
Passenger car sales for the month of April declined slightly in April but overall, PCs still generated a growth as well of 12.1% for the year so far. Auto players continue to support sales with dealer incentives promos to the benefit of buyers. Fleet accounts also factored in the sales for the month of April. The industry outlook continues to be positive for the year.