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  The Philippines currently has one of the most dynamic economies in Southeast Asia, thanks to increasing urbanisation, a growing middle-income class and a large young population. This dynamism is rooted in strong consumer demand supported by improving real incomes and robust remittances. This has led to a flourishing of business activities throughout the country, most notably in the automotive sector.

PHILBUS & TRUCK is the Philippines’ leading trade fair on buses, trucks and commercial vehicles for both local and overseas industry visitors. Following its success last year, the show will be returning with bigger and better offerings from 13 to 15 July 2018 at the SMX Convention Centre in Manila.

Hosted by the Haulers and Truckers Association in the Waterfront, Inc. (HATAW), the three-day show will be packed with exhibitions of a variety of wares from over 200 globally renowned brands. The show will also bring together various professionals including bus, truck and commercial vehicle operators, mining and construction companies, leasing and logistic companies, manufacturers, trading, parts and service and repair workshops to get involved and updated on the latest discussions, information and innovations in the industry.
 
     
   
     
  PHILIPPINE AUTOMOTIVE MARKET ON A ROLL  
     
  Philippine auto sales surged by 11.7% in November registering 40,799 units sold based on the latest report from the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines, Inc. (CAMPI) and the Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA). Continuing the positive movement from October, total sales from CAMPI, TMA members are expected to breach the 400,000 barrier.

Year-to-date growth continues to be optimistic with 380,179 units sold from January to November, a 16.8% growth compared to last year's 325,468 units. Passenger car sales remain optimistic at +3.8% while Commercial vehicle sales remain healthy at +24.5%.

Compared to the same month in 2016, November 2017 reflected a 23.8% gain against the 32,966 unit total the previous year.

Among the Commercial Vehicle segments, the Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) still takes the lead, comprising 70.35% of CV sales with 20,329 units sold; 23% more than last month's 16,521 total. AUV/MPV segment sold 6,832 units, down 0.4% from 6,858 last month. Truck and bus sales were all in the positive territory. Light truck sales gained 9.3%, selling a total of 884 units compared to the previous month's 809 unit total. Category 4 Heavy Duty Truck and Bus sales totaled 515 units (+25%) compared to last month's 412 units. Category 5 Heavy Duty Truck and Bus were up with 338 units sold, (+50.2%) compared to last month's 225 units.

(Source: AutoIndustriya.com, 13 December 2017)
 
     
  JEEPNEY MODERNISATION PROGRAMME MOVES FORWARD  
     
  At an expo held by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the new jeepney model was recently unveiled to the public. Built in accordance with the DOTr’s specifications, these vehicles will be integral to the government’s initiative in modernising its Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) system. This entails replacing all jeepneys aged 15 years or older with environmentally friendly vehicles that have safety features including a speed limiter, closed-circuit television camera (CCTV), GPS, and dashboard camera. The vehicles will also be equipped with PWD-friendly features and free Wi-Fi for the convenience of commuters.

In addition to introducing a safer, environmentally conservational transport option, the new jeepneys will be outfitted with an automated fare collection system to make them compatible with the current payment system being implemented by Metro Manila’s three train lines.

(Source: RAPPLER, 17 October 2017)
 
   
     
  BUSES & TRUCKS TO MEET EURO 4 EMISSION STANDARDS BY 2018  
     
  Although the Philippines implemented the Euro 4 emissions standard as of 1 January 2016, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) gave carmakers a two-year respite to phase out existing Euro 2 models. This respite expires at the end of 2017.

As of 1 January 2018, the DENR will no longer accept Euro 2 Certificates of Conformity (COC) as a basis of initial registration with the Land Transportation Office or LTO. This means that new vehicles of all classes which haven’t been registered and do not meet Euro 4 emissions standards will not be eligible for registration.

(Source: CarGuide.PH, 24 June 2017)
 
   
     
 
 
  Take action today and join hundreds of exhibitors at the Philippines’ biggest international trade exhibition for the commercial vehicle market! For more information or to book your booth location, please contact Mr Yeo (yeo@ambtarsus.com) or Mr Howard at (howard@ambtarsus.com).  
     
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