The impending excise tax increase means now is a good time to buy that car
Nothing beats an SUV for practical purposes.
‘There’s a lot to look at with the onslaught of new cars’
This year is shaping up to be a really big year in the Philippine automotive industry—the biggest one yet in its entire history. With the impending excise tax increase next year, plus the continuous onslaught of new vehicle introductions toward the end of 2017, it has never been a better time to buy a new car.
Our guest this month is Gen Aquino, a cheerful, fun, and bubbly young lady who happens to be friends with our photographer, Jam Ramos. She’s a hard-working finance manager at her business, loves hanging out with friends and traveling all over the world, and is also a very dutiful aunt to her nephews and nieces. Her work requires her to slog through traffic from Ortigas to Quezon City on a daily basis, but a few times every month, she drives up north to visit the company’s satellite offices and dealers.
She therefore needs a capable, comfy SUV that is loaded with safety equipment, and fuel-efficient in stop-and-go conditions and on long drives—but one that’s still fast and exciting. With the recent onslaught of new car releases, we’ve got a lot of options to look at and consider. Problem is, our car-shopping day falls on a very stormy afternoon. There are flash floods looming and work cancellations galore, but we still push through to check out some cars.
If anything, the weather sets the tone for the type of vehicle Gen is planning to purchase. An SUV really is the most practical choice.