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This was an electrifying year for cars in PH

Let us look back at the vehicles that were launched in the past year

Many cars were launched this year. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

As the year comes to a close, we take a look back at what transpired in what many call a “recovery year.” One can say that the past few months have been full of “firsts” and many “lasts” in the global automotive industry, especially with the added emphasis on electrification.

The same can be said about our local automotive industry, with the Electric Vehicle Industry Development Act finally being part of our law, the rise of demand for people-movers, and the return of automotive titans (like Hyundai Motor Philippines).

Audi e-Tron. PHOTO BY BOTCHI SANTOS
BMW iX. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Weltmeister W5. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

While the hotly anticipated Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 have not been officially launched yet, a few more EVs have cropped up this year, such as the Audi e-Tron, the BMW iX, and the Weltmeister W5.

Include the slowly growing infrastructure and tax cuts, and 2023 might be the year we could start to reap the bounty from the seeds that were sown in the past few years.

Nissan Kicks e-Power. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Toyota RAV4 HEV. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

If you can’t afford the up-front costs of an electric vehicle, various Hybrid Electric Vehicles have appeared as well, most notably the Nissan Kicks e-Power and the Toyota/Lexus hybrid vehicles. These HEVs are great for bridging the gap while the infrastructure isn’t up to snuff yet to fully support the needs of electric vehicles.

Toyota GR 86. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT
Subaru BRZ. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Subaru WRX. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Mazda CX-5 Turbo. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Enthusiasts also got their wishes this year. We saw the release of the Toyota GR 86/Subaru BRZ twins and the Subaru WRX and WRX Wagon. The practical Mazda CX-5 Turbo also proved to be a hidden gem for fathers experiencing their midlife crisis.

BMW 2-Series. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Mercedes-AMG A35. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Porsche Macan. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Maserati MC20. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

If you had the cash to throw around, you have cars like the new BMW 2-Series, the Mercedes-AMG A35, the updated Porsche Macan, and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, and the local debut of the oh-so-sexy Maserati MC20.

Mitsubishi Montero Sport Ralliart Edition. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT
Mitsubishi Strada Ralliart Edition. PHOTO BY LEANDRO MANGUBAT

A notable mention would be the return of Mitsubishi’s Ralliart. Yes, we know that it’s just a cosmetic package for now, but with the rally team having won the 2022 Asian Cross Country Rally, that’s a sign that the company means business with the performance brand.

Toyota Avanza. PHOTO BY XERES ACOSTA
Mitsubishi Xpander. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Toyota Veloz. PHOTO BY MIGGI SOLIDUM
Nissan Livina. PHOTO BY HANS BOSSHARD
Hyundai Stargazer. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Honda BR-V. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

In 2021, we had the “pickup wars.” This year, you could say the market has a case of MPV madness.

Despite crossovers being the norm now, the demand for practical, compact family movers is higher than ever. It started with the arrival of the all-new Toyota Avanza and the updated Mitsubishi Xpander. They were soon followed by the swanky Toyota Veloz and the return of the Nissan Livina. Then, we got the futuristic Hyundai Stargazer and the all-new Honda BR-V wrapping up the entries for the year.

Kia Carnival. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Hyundai Staria. PHOTO BY HANS BOSSHARD

And if you wanted something a little more premium or bigger, the Koreans also got you covered with the Kia Carnival and the Hyundai Staria.

Ford Ranger. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Ford Everest. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Mazda BT-50 Pangolin II. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Refreshed Mazda CX-8. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Hyundai Santa Fe. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Range Rover. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Land Rover Defender 130. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Of course, we still got some pickup trucks and SUVs, like the T6.2-generation Ford Ranger/Everest and the Mazda BT-50 Pangolin II, and the updated Mazda CX-8, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the all-new Range Rover, and the Land Rover Defender 130.

Honda HR-V. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Hyundai Creta. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Hyundai Tucson. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Subaru Forester. PHOTO BY SIMONN ANG
Toyota Raize. PHOTO BY HANS BOSSHARD
MG HS. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Changan CS35 Plus. PHOTO BY ANDY LEUTERIO
Changan CS55 Plus. PHOTO FROM CHANGAN
Changan UNI-T and UNI-K. PHOTO FROM CHANGAN

We also had our fair share of crossovers, like the Honda HR-V, the Hyundai Creta and Tucson, the Peugeot 2008, the Subaru Forester, the Toyota Raize, the MG HS, and several Changan crossovers (the CS35 Plus, the CS55 Plus, the UNI-T, and the UNI-K).

Toyota Liteace. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Suzuki Celerio. PHOTO BY ANDY LEUTERIO
MG GT. PHOTO BY ANDY LEUTERIO
Geely Emgrand. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA
Mercedes-Benz C-Class. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

But don’t forget about compact vehicles. We saw the Toyota Liteace make a return as a light commercial vehicle, and witnessed the launch of the all-new Suzuki Celerio. There was also the MG GT, the Geely Emgrand, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan.

If anything, expect 2023 to put a heavy focus on electrified vehicleshybrid or electric. Heck, with the new Toyota Innova being electrified, the writing is already on the wall for traditional ICE-powered vehicles.



Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.



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