Autohub opens its first SsangYong-Changan dealership in Otis, Manila

This marks the official arrival of the Korean and Chinese brands in the metro
by Leandre Grecia | Dec 6, 2019
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SsangYong Berjaya Motors Philippines (SBMP) and Berjaya Auto Asia, Inc. (BAAI) opened an all-new SsangYong-Changan dealership in Sta. Rosa at the midpoint of 2019. Now, the brands continue to expand their reach as it opens another new dealership in Metro Manila.

The inauguration of Auto Asia Otis, Manila is also in line with the acquisition of the Autohub Group of the exclusive dealership franchise of SsangYong and Changan in Metro Manila. Company president Willy Tee Ten expressed his excitement in Autohoub’s new venture. “We believe that these brands have a very promising future in the Philippines,” he added.

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This new dealership will feature the complete SsangYong and Changan lineups. The new location will also allow easier access for customers across the metro, whether it’s vehicle servicing, parts, or other inquiries.

“We are proud to partner with the Autohub Group in bringing Auto Asia to Manila. Their strong dealership presence in this area gives us confidence in the long term success of the two brands that we carry,” added SBMP/BAAI president Japheth Castillo.

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Castillo also revealed that Auto Asia plans to open even more dealerships all over the Philippines in 2020. In the coming first quarter alone, the company is set to inaugurate four new facilities in Butuan, General Santos, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro. Following that, the company also aims to expand further in the second and third quarters of next year and extend its reach to other areas including Negros, Pampanga, Cebu, Palawan, and Iloilo.

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SsangYong also announced the arrival of the Tivoli Launch Edition carrying with it a P1,190,000 price tag. It’s basically the same as the currently available variants in the market today, only with a Korean flag painted on the roof. Media personnel—Top Gear PH included, of course—were able to take the vehicle out for a brief shoot at the historic Paco Park.

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“As a symbolic tribute to the fusion of these brands, there is no better way to announce the arrival of SsangYong and Changan in Metro Manila, than to hold a shoot in one of the most iconic and scenic places in the city,” furthered Auto Asia Otis, Manila marketing head Fiel Tan.

With the official arrival of SsangYong and Changan in Metro Manila, will we also be seeing more of these brands on city roads? What do you think?

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