2020 may have been one of the most challenging years the automotive industry has ever faced, but AC Motors (Ayala Corporation) is looking to bounce back this 2021.
How does the company plan to do it? According to Antonio “Toti” Zara, president of AC Motors, they will be launching at least 6 new models this year. Unfortunately, it was not mentioned what exactly will they be launching this 2021. But, we do have some pretty good ideas as to what they will be.
Perhaps one of the most obvious cars the company will be launching is the Maxus D60. First teased by the company late last year, the D60 will serve as Maxus' first crossover in the country. Exact specifications are not yet available. A quick look at the Chinese-spec, however, reveals it's available with either two rows or three rows of seats, along with an array of turbocharged engines. Once it arrives here, the D60 will go up against the likes of the CR-V, X-Trail, as well as the Tiggo 8.
Another car that is set to arrive this year is the 2021 Volkswagen Santana. While the sedan will relatively look the same, the refreshed Santana will likely get some key upgrades like bigger alloy wheels, updated headlights and taillights, and a power moonroof that might be available across the range. Under the hood, the 1.5-liter MPI engine could be the sole engine option as the 1.4-liter has already been discontinued.
Aside from Maxus and Volkswagen, AC Motors could also bring in two new models from Kia. The likeliest of vehicles that may arrive in PH include the all-new Sorento and the next-generation Carnival.
Both the SUV and minivan get a brand new look that features a more chiseled appearance, and a more upmarket look and feel. Production of the Sorento has already started in Korea last year, while the Carnival is now being offered in Thailand. This could mean that the Philippine market may be next on the list to get the two new Kias.
The last two models that AC Motors could bring to the country may come in the form of new Volkswagen SUVs. Back in April 2019, Volkswagen Philippines president Felipe Estrella III said that the upcoming SUVs will start with the letter 'T'. Looking at the possible models, it's highly likely the automaker could bring the 7-seater Teramont. Other models that could make their way to the country are the T-Cross, Tayron, Tharu, and the T-Roc, all of which are compact crossovers.
Apart from launching more models this year, AC Motors is also looking to put up six new showrooms across the country. That means we might see more dealerships from Kia, Maxus, and Volkswagen.
Which models do you think AC Motors will launch first? And could the company actually bring the latest-generation Kia Sorento and Carnival later this year? Chime in your comments below.