The Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors, Inc. (AVID) recorded a 59 percent surge in sales in the first five months of 2021 (year-to-date) from 15,811 units sold in said period in 2020 to 25,217 units sold in 2021. Year-on-year, sales spiked up by 293 percent in May 2021, from 1,239 units sold in May 2020 to 4,864 units in the said month this year. Growth is likewise on point, on a month-on-month perspective, with 8 percent increase in unit sales from 4,864 units sold in April to 4,496 units in May this year.
The Commercial Vehicles (CV) segment remains the growth driver with a 625 percent boost in YTD sales, spearheaded by Hyundai with 101 units sold last year to 731 units sold this year.
The Passenger Cars (PC) segment had a more positive outcome compared to the past months, with a 29 percent rise YTD from 4,928 to 6,357 units sold. The May 2021 figures showed significant improvement, with sales almost quadrupling from 354 units sold in May 2020 to 1,029 units in May this year.
This massive sales hike can be attributed to the gradual re-opening of the economy and less restrictive quarantine measures. Suzuki remains at topnotch in the PC Segment with a total of 3,259 units; followed by Hyundai with 2,170 PC unit sales (YTD).
In the LCV segment, AVID reported a 68 percent gain (YTD), from last year’s 10,782 units to the 18,128 units sold in the same period this year. Ford dominates the segment with 7,692 units sold. Suzuki holds second place with 4,933 units and, not too far behind, Hyundai at third with 2,450 units sold.
“We attribute the gradual improvement in AVID sales to our members’ tireless commitment to provide customers with quality vehicles and aftersales service that will see them safely through life’s many journeys. We all must keep on pitching in to weather this storm and to bring us all closer to our dreams in the New Normal,” said AVID President Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo.