MANILA, Philippines — China’s SAIC Motor is to sell its Maxus Vehicles in the Philippines.

SAIC is considered one of a few chinese language automobile companies which are making inroads into Southeast Asian markets, which have long been a stronghold for eastern organizations like Toyota Motor, Honda and Nissan Motor. Wuling Motors has expanded in Indonesia, whereas Zhejiang Geely preserving neighborhood bought into Malaysian auto enterprise Proton Holdings closing 12 months. SAIC’s MG company is already attainable within the Philippines.

AC Industrial technology Holdings, Ayala’s manufacturing unit, will initiate selling imported Maxus vehicles and lightweight business automobiles by using the first quarter of 2019 at,competitive” prices, Chief economic Officer Felipe Estrella told Nikkei Asian evaluate.

Maxus may be the fifth company to be managed by the automobile dealership arm of AC Industrials, which also plans to strengthen next-technology automobiles.

“The addition of Maxus will give a boost to and diversify AC Industrials’ portfolio of product offerings in alignment with evolving Philippine market choice,” Ayala noted.

Ayala currently sells Isuzu Motors, Honda Motor and Volkswagen Cars, in addition to KTM bikes, via over 20 distribution sites in the country, the place eastern auto manufacturers handle around eighty percent of the market.

British brand Maxus was acquired by SAIC in 2010 and has become one of its fastest-growing names. Last year, sales surged by 54.19% to 71,117 units, SAIC said.

This is the latest deal Ayala has made with Chinese companies since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power in 2016. Duterte has sought to improve ties with Beijing and set aside disputes over claims to areas of the South China Sea.

Last year, Ayala’s fintech arm Mynt received an investment from Ant Financial Services Group, an affiliate of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding.