More and more manufacturers are announcing price adjustments due to the safeguard bond. Some, such as Toyota, Isuzu, and Mitsubishi, are asking customers for the full price of the bond. Meanwhile, Honda decided to absorb some of that cost to lessen the burden on consumers. That said, there are also automakers putting it on hold for now.
You can add Subaru to the list of those not slapping on the deposit, at least for the moment. So if you're shopping for a Subaru right now, it's the perfect time to visit them. But why is Subaru Philippines holding it off?
The answer is simple.
The latest batch of Subaru models that landed in the country arrived before the government announced the new safeguard measure. When we asked what models shipped aren't affected, we got good news from Subaru Philippines. According to them, all models don't get the bond yet. Yes, that includes XV, all the way to the high-performance WRX STI.
But you have to be fast before this window closes. By the time the next shipment arrives, those will get slapped with the safeguard bond. There is no mention of how many units are left from the most recent batch, but it's all the more reason to get a Subaru sooner than later.
At the moment, Subaru Philippines is offering cash discounts on all variants of the Forester and XV. Customers that purchase a Forester i-S Eyesight, Forester i-L Eyesight, and XV 2.0i variants will get a free service voucher worth PHP 50,000. Meanwhile, a PHP 20,000 service voucher awaits customers that purchase a Forester GT Edition, XV 2.0 i-S, and XV GT Edition. Said vouchers can be used for PMS, parts, and other outlet-based services and labor. They are also offering special deals for the Levorg, BRZ, and WRX.
On top of that, customers who purchase the Forester i-L Eyesight can avail the Forester GT Lite kit. The GT Lite kit includes a front lip, side skirts, and rear bumper extension. Completing the exterior makeover is a tailgate spoiler.
For reference, listed below are the prices of Subaru Philippines' line-up:
XV 2.0i: PHP 1,618,000
XV 2.0i-S EyeSight with SAR360: PHP 1,908,000
XV 2.0i-S EyeSight GT Edition: PHP 1,988,000
Forester 2.0i-L EyeSight: PHP 1,938,000 (plus free GT Lite upgrade)
Forester 2.0i-S EyeSight: PHP 2,068,000
Forester 2.0i-S EyeSight GT Edition: PHP 2,170,000
Levorg 2.0GT-S EyeSight: PHP 2,098,000
WRX 2.0 CVT EyeSight: PHP 2,158,000
WRX STI 2.5 6MT: PHP 2,848,000
BRZ 2.0 6AT: PHP 2,158,000