Vios reclaims top spot, Navara enters top 10

Last week, we reported the Philippine auto industry sold 15.22% less in 2018, ending the year at 401,803 units. The numbers are in from the players in the Philippine auto industry, and here are the 10 top selling vehicles of the year that was.

As expected, most of the vehicles in the top 10 are Toyotas. In 2017, Toyota Motor Philippines was able to lock out the top 7 spots out of 10. In 2018, Toyota was only able to retain the top six spots overall.

The Toyota Vios has just reclaimed the top spot as the best selling nameplate in the country with 25,840 units sold*, besting the Toyota Fortuner which had 23,082 units in sales. Both the Vios and Fortuner actually had big drops in sales compared to their respective sales figures in 2017; the Vios dropped by 29.7% from 36,734 units but the Fortuner dropped by 41.8% from 39,680.

It is noteworthy that the Vios was launched as an all new model in the middle of 2018, and thus the total sales of the model reflects a mix of both the 2013-2018 Vios and the current model.

In third place overall is the Wigo which, surprisingly, experienced a rather good 2018 with an increase in sales by 10% to 21,234 units. The Hilux likewise experienced significant growth at 24.2%, racking up 18,237 unit sales last year compared to 2017's 14,688 units; pick-ups did get an exemption from excise taxes under the new law, and there was an introduction of a new version called the Conquest.

The Innova finds itself in fifth overall with 18,175 units sold, a 25.6% dip from 2017's 24,434 units wherein it ranked third. The Hiace followed with 17,972 units, likewise representing a drop of 15.1% versus 21,178 units in 2017.

The Montero Sport also took a bit of a dip, dropping two places to seventh overall with 16,148 units versus 2017's tally of 19,917 units. 

In eighth place is a newcomer, as Nissan Philippines broke into the top 10 with the Navara with 16,140 units. This is the first time that the Navara -or any Nissan for that matter- has entered the top 10 since started tallying up the best selling cars. 

In ninth and tenth are two Mitsubishis with the locally-made Mirage G4 at 14,810 units and the Xpander with 13,502 units.

From 2017's top 10, our rankings lost the L300 (discontinued) and the mu-X. The Toyota that is not present in the ranking is the Avanza; we can make a guess that the Rush, with its relatively similar pricing and sharper looks, actually acquired a significant chunk of the Avanza's potential sales.

* Vios total sales volume includes MY2018 and MY2019