Toyota was the most searched car brand in PH during quarantine

Does this mean more cars post-COVID?
by Elaine Lara | Jul 9, 2020
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We’re now finally seeing a semblance of what our pre-COVID-19 lives looked like with malls and other establishments opening. And while we’re slowly easing back into what our lives looked like before, it looks like people are also ready to change their modes of transportation during these times.

According to a report from iPrice, an aggregator e-commerce platform, Google search interests surged on some car brands in the ASEAN region from March to May 2020. Japanese car manufacturers came out on top with Honda taking the number one spot followed by Toyota and Mitsubishi. In the Philippines, Toyota came out as number one, which comes as no surprise as the brand recently launched its budget-friendly Wigo mini hatchback.

The report also highlights how Filipino buyers still prefer Japanese brands, with Honda coming in second to Toyota, followed by BMW, Tesla, and Mitsubishi. In case you missed it, BMW Philippines recently launched its 2-Series Gran Coupe

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The same study also mentions that German brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz also attracted buyers, with interest search jumping to 50% in the ASEAN region. And as for the most searched vehicle type, SUVs came out on top followed by sedans and then MPVs.

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A few days ago, the Department of Transportation announced that it was suspending the MRT-3 operations after some of its personnel tested positive for COVID-19. And while jeepneys are back on the road, mass transportation remains limited in Metro Manila. And with the number of coronavirus cases in the country still rising, it’s no wonder that people are finding ways on how to safely travel around without risking contacting the virus. 

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