A list compiled by PDI Motoring of the 3 best-selling models of each of the Top 10 brands confirms the current demand for light commercial vehicles.
Six out of the Top 10 Sales Performers in the first half of the year listed an LCV as one of their top 3 best-selling models: Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Nissan, Isuzu, Hyundai and Kia.
ISUZU TRAVIZ. In fact, Isuzu PH Corp. listed the Traviz as its No. 1 seller with 1,974 units sold from January to June 2021, outselling the D-Max pickup and the mu-X SUV.
Powered by a direct injection common rail Blue Power diesel engine, the Traviz is offered in two variants: the S variant costs Php962,000 while the L variant goes for Php992,000. Four body applications are available: utility van, aluminum van, dropside truck and refrigerated van.
NISSAN NV350 URVAN. Nissan PH, Inc. revealed that they sold 1,719 units of the NV350 Urvan, making it the brand’s second best seller after the Terra midsize SUV. NPI sold more Urvan units than the Navara pickup, an all-new iteration of which was recently launched.
Prices for the NV350 Urvan start at Php1.449M for the standard 18-seater and rises to Php1.866M for the Premium 15-seater with automatic transmission. A Cargo 3-seater and manual transmission Premium 15-seater are also available. The engine is a 2.488-liter, 4-cylinder diesel with 356 Nm max torque and 129 ps max power.
MITSUBISHI L300. Mitsubishi Motors PH Corp. also lists an LCV, the L300, as its second best-seller after the Xpander compact MPV, but did not reveal how many units were sold in the first half this year. Built with an adaptable cargo area that can handle a massive 1,215 kg payload, the latest model L300 is powered by a 2.2-liter diesel engine 4-in-line 16 valve DOHC with turbocharged intercooler system mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Prices for the cab and chassis start at Php 804,00.
HYUNDAI H100. Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. listed the H100 light truck as its second best-seller after the Accent subcompact sedan. Powered by a 2.5-liter CRDi DOHC 16-valve Euro 4 engine producing 130 ps and max torque of up to 26 kg-m at 1,500-3,500 rpm and mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, the 3-seater H100 ‘s price starts at Php965,000 and goes up to Php1.210M for the shuttle body variant with front aircon. Six variants are available.
KIA K2500. KP Motors Corp., the distributor of Kia, offers a smaller LCV, the K2500, as its third best-seller after the Stonic subcompact crossover and Soluto subcompact sedan. The Kia K2500 2021 is a 3, 5 and 19-seater utility vehicle with prices ranging from Php820,000 to Php1.215M. All 10 variants are equipped with a 2.5-liter CRDi turbocharged diesel engine with manual transmission.
SUZUKI CARRY. Suzuki PH, Inc. lists the Carry, the smallest LCV, as sharing the brand’s No. 1 best-seller rank with the Ertiga 7-seater subcompact MPV. The Ertiga and the Carry each comprise 20% of total Suzuki sales. The latest iteration of the Carry is the Super Carry with a diesel motor and four variants: the base Truck, Utility Van, Cargo Van and Jeepney Body. The engine under the front seats is a Euro 4, 793cc 2-cylinder turbodiesel producing 32 hp and 73 Nm of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The 10-seater Suzuki Super Carry Utility Van costs Php580,000.
WHY LCVs? The world’s longest lockdown amid the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic crisis has attracted many new cars buyers to practical, utilitarian, fuel-efficient motor vehicles like LCVs that they can use for the daily commute as well as for transporting merchandise for a small-scale business enterprise. Affordable subcompact passenger cars, hatchbacks and crossovers are also selling well, but this may be the first time that LCVs have landed on the top 3 best-selling lists of 6 of the Top 10 brands.
Aida Sevilla Mendoza is fascinated by everything about cars: their power, styling, design, technology, craftmanship, exciting history of motor sport through the years, and the ever-evolving industry that creates them. But above all, she enjoys driving, especially on a traffic-free expressway where she feels the connection bonding her and the car.