AutoFun Philippines Rearview Roundup: Chinese carmakers under fire, Geely says sorry
VJ Bacungan · Sep 3, 2023 11:00 AM
The weather is back to maelstrom-grade wind and rain this weekend, in light of two severe tropical storms that swung by the Philippines.
The downpour (of hate) has also been relentless among Chinese carmakers, in light of Geely Philippines’ aftersales fiasco. Will there be sunshine after the rain for the car brands from the People’s Republic?
Despite all the hate that Chinese carmakers have been getting, Toyota certainly trusts companies like GAC Motor to produce their cars.
AutoFun Philippines Junior Writer Joey Deriquito lists the various models that GAC Motor produces for the Japanese car manufacturer, which is also world-renowned for its exceedingly stringent quality-control measures.
If even Toyota can trust China to build a car, maybe we should, too?
The Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid is Toyota Motor Philippines’ second entry in the subcompact crossover stakes, following the highly popular Raize.
It takes on the likes of the Honda HR-V Turbo and the GAC GS3 Emzoom with proven hybrid technology and Toyota brand cache, which is worth its own weight in gold. But when faced with Nissan’s surprise hit, the Kick e-POWER, can it hold up?
Which of these electrified baby crossovers would you get?
Geely Philippines, which has been at the eye of the Chinese car firestorm, has finally broken its silence on the aftersales issues it has been facing.
The company apologized for the mess, acknowledging lapses in how it has been handling customer concerns. This has ranged from shoddy paintwork on a new car to the meddling of a so-called “influencer” that supposedly isn’t affiliated with the brand.
The Chinese carmaker has also set up a customer email hotline, promising a response within two working days.
Do you think Geely Philippines can dig itself out of this hole?
An award-winning multimedia journalist, editor, and host for online and TV who has written in-depth stories on road safety and the Philippine elections. Outside of the media, VJ is an accomplished motorsports champion, English teacher, and dancer.