Call us odd, but we look at automotive sales figures the way Operators look at the Matrix. To most eyes, they’re just random numbers and letters, but to us, they show a fascinating pattern. When we got the per-model breakdown of the biggest car brand in the Philippines, the numbers reflected a few expected entries, but also several surprising figures.
Toyota Motor Philippines is basically Marvel Studios at this point, in that they can do no wrong. The Japanese carmaker sold 161,385 units last year—162,011 if you include sales from Lexus Philippines.
Unsurprisingly, the Vios subcompact sedan was the bestseller, finding 33,181 new owners. But it became a close battle for second place, with the Wigo, Innova, Fortuner, and Hilux all moving upwards of 18,000 units each. But in the end, the pickup segment showed its strength (and TRAIN tax advantage) by giving the Hilux 20,846 unit sales—just 52 more than the Innova.
Here’s the breakdown of the Japanese carmaker’s sales in the Philippines for 2019, and our observations: