When The Covenant Car Company Inc (TCCCI), the official distributor of Chevrolet in the country, launched the all-new Tracker two weeks ago, it signaled things to come. With the company looking to bring fresh new models into the country, the automaker appeared to have hit the reset button and dropped half its model lineup.
While browsing at the automaker's website, we noticed that the only vehicles they're offering now (besides the recently-launched Tracker) are the Spark, Suburban, Camaro, and the Corvette. The Sail, Malibu, Trax, Trailblazer, Tahoe, and Colorado have been removed from the website.
The discontinuation of some nameplates, like the Sail and Tahoe, was surprising. However, we already expected the Trailblazer and Colorado to be dropped from the Philippine market.
In February 2020, General Motors (GM) announced that it will wind down operations in its ASEAN hub by the end of the year. The move included selling its Rayong plant, bringing about the end of production and vehicle sales of Chevrolet in Thailand. With no factory for the Trailblazer SUV and the Colorado pick-up truck, it was only a matter of time before the bow-tie brand would run out of units to sell.
Interested in the remaining units of their discontinued models? TCCCI has put the Trailblazer, Colorado, and Trax on their 'Legacy models' website. Here, customers can contact the nearest Chevy dealership and inquire about the remaining stocks they have.
But with only two volume-sellers in their lineup (the Spark and the Tracker), what other models can Chevrolet Philippines offer? With the Tracker already being sourced from China, future models will also likely come from the People's Republic.
TCCCI is already familiar with the process of bringing Chinese automobiles by way of MG, which is also owned by SAIC. With that, it stands to reason that this is the most viable option TCCCI has. Combined with MG Philippines having already sold 10,000 units this 2021, along with the advantage of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement, we won't be surprised to see more China-made Chevy vehicles make their way to the Philippines.
As to what models Chevrolet could bring from the People's Republic, we might see the arrival of the Equinox and the Trailblazer crossovers (different from the outgoing PPV version). We might even see the return of the Orlando MPV, which used to be sold in the Philippines.
Don't expect Chevrolet to offer mostly China-made models in the future. Remember, Chevy is also set to launch the all-new Tahoe and Suburban SUVs (with diesel power), as well as the next-generation C8 Corvette. Both the SUVs and the mid-engine sports car will make their Philippine debut sometime this year.