Philippines’ Ayala Group Takes Over BYD Distributorship

In what seems to be a silent takeover, AC Motors, the automotive subsidiary of the Ayala Company, is now the distributor of BYD within the Philippines, fueling speculations among the many enterprise neighborhood concerning the conglomerate’s completion of its full EV ecosystem.

A well-placed insider at AC Motors advised CleanTechnica that though a proper announcement of the takeover might be made on August 11, the changeover has already been performed. The present distributor, Photo voltaic Transport and Automotive Sources Corp.(STAR), will turn into the primary of many sellers beneath the brand new administration setup. The story first broke on, written by its editor-in-chief, Mikko David.

CleanTechnica sources at BYD car import division in Shenzhen, China, selected to maintain mum on the topic, saying that the deal goes to be signed by August 8, though dialogue on the switch of the distributorship had taken place as early as March 2023. Thus, our sources appear to substantiate that even in the course of the 2023 Manila Worldwide Auto Present (MIAS), the place BYD Philippines president Mark Tieng launched a brand new lineup which included the reinvigorated Dolphin and Tang, and likewise launched the all-new Han.

BYD’s sales space on the 2023 Manila Worldwide Auto Present Photograph credit score: BYD Philippines

Even earlier this 12 months, in February, BYD despatched feelers all through the ASEAN automotive manufacturing hubs looking for a base for the meeting of its autos in Southeast Asia. In early March, the corporate introduced a brief listing of nations which included the Philippines. BYD later introduced that it chosen Vietnam.

A government-released press assertion mentioned that after the assembly between BYD’s founder and chair Wang Chuanfu and Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha on Could 5, they closed the deal. CleanTechnica came upon that at this stage, it was not complete meeting of vehicles, however relatively the manufacturing of automotive components and electrical elements which might be performed in Vietnam. A report from Reuters confirmed this, saying that BYD was to arrange an meeting plant deliberate in Thailand with an annual manufacturing goal of 150,000 vehicles.

ASEAN automotive specialists within the area, nevertheless, mentioned that BYD may nonetheless find within the Philippines.

The Dolphin is starting to turn into a well-liked EV within the nation.
Photograph credit score: BYD Philippines

One other CleanTechnica supply from Vinfast commented that in BYD’s pursuit of the ASEAN EV market, Vietnam and the Philippines are favorable areas as a result of each international locations are left-hand drive markets, in comparison with Indonesia and Malaysia being right-hand drive.

“It is a important consideration,” our supply mentioned. “It isn’t only a manufacturing or design concern, as a result of meeting strains could be configured simply — it’s a matter of market acceptance. Vinfast, Vietnam’s personal car model, has since April of final 12 months stopped manufacturing of ICE autos and targeted fully on EVs. It lately inaugurated its plant in North Carolina, USA.

These developments have now fueled hypothesis in automotive circles within the Philippines.

AC Motors additionally owns three different automotive manufacturers and used to assemble Honda autos domestically. The Honda plant has been mothballed since April 2020, and the sprawling facility now operates as a warehouse and pre-delivery inspection website for Honda autos imported from Thailand and Japan.

The corporate additionally owns AC Industrials and IMI Company, which lately began meeting of Zero Bikes within the Philippines. These are usually not for native consumption and are to be exported to Europe. The in depth expertise and powerful capabilities of AC Motors within the discipline of auto manufacturing may show to be a plus as soon as the BYD distributorship is in full swing.

“Ayala can simply persuade BYD that they’re the perfect accomplice within the area on the subject of meeting and distributorship,” Gregory E. Bautista, an automotive journalist and statistician who retains a watch on the expansion of the Philippine automotive enterprise. “Additionally they have gotten a youthful firm, AC Motors’ new CEO may be very younger.”

That CEO is Jaime Alfonso Zobel de Ayala, who will turn into the brand new president and CEO of AC Motors. The inner firm announcement was leaked to CleanTechnica and confirmed later by stories from and

The Ayala Group’s renewable power portfolio contains wind and photo voltaic mission within the Philippines, Vietnam, and within the mainland USA. The acquisition of BYD provides to its ecosystem of energy technology, charging stations, and battery storage and swapping. It additionally operates the Kia model within the Philippines and has launched the EV6 lately.

CleanTechnica reached out to Photo voltaic Transport and Automotive Sources Corp. (STAR) and its CEO Mark Tieng, however there was no response by press time. Nonetheless, it was confirmed that growth is now happening on the solely BYD seller within the nation now.


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