The Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines (CAMPI)--together with the Truck Manufacturers Association--has released the official sales figures of its members for May 2012. Through the first five months of the year, the combined sales total of CAMPI members is nearly flat. According to the data sent to us, CAMPI members have sold 59,177 units, an improvement of just 0.6 percent from the same period last year, when the organization's members moved 58,847 units.
Total passenger-car sales through May now stand at 17,616 units, down 9.5 percent from 19,462 units last year. Total commercial-vehicle sales through May are now at 41,561 units, up 5.5 percent from 39,385 units last year.
Some notes on CAMPI's sales data:
* Toyota Motor Philippines still leads with year-to-date sales of 23,507 units after selling a record 5,977 units in May.
* Mitsubishi Motors Philippines' year-to-date sales now stand at 14,126 units, which means Hyundai (which is not a member of CAMPI) is nipping at its heels with 10,395 units.
* Isuzu Philippines Corporation continues to amaze us, managing to improve its year-to-date sales this year by 22.8 percent compared to last year, in spite of not having had a new model in its product lineup for many years now.
* Honda Cars Philippines' year-to-date sales are down by 20.9 percent, but its May 2012 total already bettered its May 2011 sales by 6.6 percent. With several new-model introductions this year, Honda is poised to perform much stronger for the rest of the year.
* Surely, the all-new Focus and the all-new Ranger can't come soon enough for Ford Group Philippines, as its sales total through May is down 35.5 percent from last year.
* There seems to be a discrepancy between the sales figures of CAMPI and Columbian Autocar Corporation (Kia). Based on CAMPI figures, Kia's year-to-date sales tally last year was just 407 units. CAC, however, has officially declared that it sold a total of 1,715 units from January to May last year. As a result, CAMPI numbers indicate that Kia has a year-on-year growth of 697.5 percent. CAC is more modest, announcing that its year-on-year growth through May is "just" 89 percent.
* Nissan Motor Philippines needs to launch new models now. As in right now. The carmaker's year-to-date total is down a disheartening 47.9 percent compared to 2011.
* High-end brands seem to be struggling so far, with CATS Motors' year-to-date sales down 82.2 percent from last year and Asian Carmakers Corporation (BMW) down 32.4 percent. Could the government's campaign for stricter tax collection be the primary reason for this? Your guess is as good as ours.
Below is the individual breakdown of CAMPI members' sales performance.