Chevrolet PH to introduce Spin subcompact MPV next month

By Tracy Carpena
 

Chevrolet Spin

Two years after venturing into the MPV market with the Chevrolet Orlando, The Covenant Car Company Inc.(aka Chevrolet Philippines) is at it again. The company is set to launch its latest contender, the Chevrolet Spin, in theMPV market next month. TopGear.com.ph gathered this information during a media ride-and-drive event in Thailand this week.

"Spin," according to Chevrolet, is actually a contraction of "seven people in."

Obviously, the Spin is a seven-seater, all-around utility vehicle that's a little smaller than the Orlando, but with 23 adjustable seating positions. In the Philippines, the Spin will be available in two midtrim variants: the 1.3-liter CRDi turbodiesel MT and the1.5-liter gasoline AT.

A subcompact MPV, the Spin is Chevrolet's "latest foray into a new road in the Philippines," said TCCCI president Albert Arcilla, adding that it is "an important car" for TCCCI.

Moreover, TCCCI senior vice president and director for marketing and customer services Lyn Buenastressed the significance of the MPV segment in the country. Buena disclosed that the MPV B-segment sells 6,000 to 7,000 units per year in the country. "This vehicle is the choice of the young modern Filipino family because of its practicality, convenience and comfort," she said.

Designed in Brazil, the new subcompact MPV will be manufactured in Indonesia. Given the variants that will be available in the country, one might assume that the Spin will be the future competitor of the Toyota Avanza for fleet accounts.

"That is the hope," Buena toldTopGear.com.ph. However, the variants that will be available in August are of midtrim level, she pointed out. The executive shared that the company hopes to bring in the entry-level Spin variants, which are more appropriate for fleet accounts. The midtrim levels that will come to our shores next month, on the other hand, are targeted at families.

"[The Spin] fills the gap between sedans and full-size SUVs and trucks, and it is fun to own and drive," said Chevrolet Thailand and General Motors Southeast Asia operations vice president of sales, marketing and aftersalesGustavo Colossiin a statement. "Itis an MPV that could become part of the owner's lifestyle. It is a lifestyle enabler."

TCCCI has not divulged its sales target for the Spin or even its pricing. But Arcilla and Buena hinted to TopGear.com.phthat the price range of its new baby MPV will be in the ballpark of the Toyota Avanza G AT's price tag, which is P868,000.

Photos by Mikko David

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  • ficc25 Jul 02 2013 @ 04:31am
    looks like a swollen trailblazer...
    • foolishofficer Jul 02 2013 @ 07:59am
      a trailblazer that got stuck in the water. spin is aa welcomed competitor for grand livina, avanza and apv (to some degree) nonetheless.
  • codemonkey23 Jul 02 2013 @ 08:28am
    1.3 crdi turbodiesel?? am i looking at the new taxi instead of the Avanza?
    • foolishofficer Jul 02 2013 @ 10:40am
      Taxis can't have 7 seater capacity. Notice that Avanza taxis have only 5 seats. So unless there's 5 seater Spin variants then we'lll have Spin taxis.
      • codemonkey23 Jul 02 2013 @ 10:57am
        Avanza supposedly have third row seats which are being removed when it is going to be used as taxi..
        • foolishofficer Jul 04 2013 @ 01:38pm
          Toyota has taxi options available. Avanza for taxi use has only 5 seats and colored white so nothing to remove or repaint required.
      • codenamejanrei Jul 03 2013 @ 03:01pm
        I already saw 7-seater Avanza taxis na ginagawang parang FX :)
        • foolishofficer Jul 04 2013 @ 01:36pm
          I've seen one. It may not be the same Avanza we saw, but it is probably 2 "bangko" chairs since the 4 passengers are facing each other. Unless the Avanza had UV on its door, it is a taxi operating illegally as UV.
          • codenamejanrei Jul 05 2013 @ 08:00am
            The 7-seeater Avanza I saw naman, yung seats niya sa likod nakaharap sa driver.
  • maranello_5775 Jul 02 2013 @ 09:13am
    I hope this rides better than the avanza
  • Mr. McMahon Jul 02 2013 @ 10:21am
    4 Variants dapat, Diesel AT & MT and Gasoline AT & MT
  • GotToRead Jul 02 2013 @ 10:29am
    Wow! This looks like a stretched chevrolet Spark with a swollen Colorado face
  • BMagee Jul 02 2013 @ 11:15am
    the mid variants are a competitor to the avanza while the top end will probably go up against the carens
  • aldy888cbu Jul 02 2013 @ 12:22pm
    The torquey 1.3 diesel should be a hit if priced right. No competition, unless Avanza will come up with one soon which I doubt cause Toyota is afraid it would cannibalized Innova's market. So while there's still no competition Chevy should be fast on it's feet to bring this in. Jackpot! I could already hear Chevy shouting.
  • jpjpyu Jul 02 2013 @ 12:45pm
    If priced right, this can be a game changer as it looks more SUV-ish than any MPV available here now.
  • Darkmatter Jul 02 2013 @ 02:26pm
    Chevrolet trax na lang please!
  • barry Jul 02 2013 @ 03:52pm
    Ms. Tracy, akin na lang ang koala bear! haha. Well, this will be the dark horse in the MPV segment. CRDi and a turbo charger is a real plus! But there should be an automatic CRDi.
  • triple4 Jul 02 2013 @ 04:38pm
    Mahihirapan pa din i-penetrate ng Chevy ang taxi market.... I think the Avanza will still rule. Mahal ang piyesa ng Chevy unlike Toyota.

    I think Suzuki is targeting the fleet market with the Dzire pero wala pa ako nakikita kahit isang unit sa kalye.
    • Josh Miranda 11 months ago
      toyota is still toyota. chevy? nah.. reliable pa din ang japan :)
  • joab565 Jul 02 2013 @ 05:25pm
    CRDi in a compact mpv :)
  • BMagee Jul 03 2013 @ 11:16am
    they should have an AT variant for the diesel mill
  • camebeyond Jul 03 2013 @ 02:36pm
    innova now is very nervous....
    • codenamejanrei Jul 03 2013 @ 03:02pm
      Avanza is the direct competitor of Spin.
  • hyundaifan Jul 05 2013 @ 07:17pm
    I hope it wont follow the Carens' footing wherein it is pricey.
  • rdrogel Jul 07 2013 @ 08:37pm
    I hope that Spin will be in a future Big Test against the Avanza & APV.
  • Transformers Jul 18 2013 @ 08:04pm
    When will Top Gear Philippines post the Chevrolet Spin in their buyer's guide?
    • Tracy Carpena
      Tracy Carpena 11 months ago
      Hello. The The Covenant Car Company Inc. hasn't revealed the official price yet. We will post it as soon as we get info on the pricing. :)
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