BYD opens full-service Metro Cebu dealership

Shown, from left: Global Star Motors Corp corporate secretary Barbara Gothong-Tan; Representative Emmarie Ouano-Dizon; Zobel de Ayala; Department of Energy-Energy Utilization Management Bureau Director Patrick Aquino; Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes; Onglatco; Global Star Motors Corp vice chair Atty. Augusto Go, senior vice-president and treasurer Kenneth Huan, and Consul Emily Benedicto-Chioson representing Ambassador Francisco Benedicto, chair of Global Star Motors Corp

BYD Cebu recently opened its doors to electric vehicle (EV) patrons in the province with an all-new dealership facility.

Owned and operated by Global Star Motors Corp, BYD Cebu is the latest dealership to officially begin its operations under ACMobility, Ayala Corp’s end-to-end mobility provider encompassing automotive retail and distribution, infrastructure, digital platforms, and services. ACMobility is the distributor of BYD passenger EVs in the Philippines.

BYD Cebu’s 2,155-sqm facility is along AS Fortuna Street, the famed automotive row in Mandaue City. With a showroom floor area of 354 sqm, the dealership can accommodate up to six BYD EVs on display. The new showroom also features the latest BYD Global Brand Identity standards, ensuring world-class services for every BYD customer.

A dedicated service reception, customer lounge, and new car release bay welcome BYD clientele while in the showroom. Its 7-bay service center caters to the minimal maintenance needs of BYD EVs. A parts and accessories section and two negotiation rooms add to a complete BYD customer experience for Cebuanos visiting the showroom.

The new facility will soon become an ACMobility charging location with AC and DC charging points for BYD and other EV owners to charge their EVs while in the city.

“BYD’s rapid expansion in the country provides more Filipinos with access to its technologically superior, efficient, and ultra-safe lineup of battery EVs,” says Jaime Alfonso Zobel de Ayala, CEO of ACMobility.

“As we take this innovative technology to more regions, it is the hardworking individuals in our dealerships who answer our customers’ questions, attend to their needs, and, more importantly, support and reinforce the BYD EV ownership experience. We welcome Edward Vincent Onglatco and Global Star Motors Corp to our fast-expanding network of BYD EV dealerships nationwide,” adds Zobel.

Antonio “Toti” Zara III, head of automotive retail and distribution at ACMobility, likewise expresses his excitement about BYD Cebu’s inauguration. “The adoption of EVs in the Visayas region begins with the inauguration of BYD Cebu,” says Zara.

“The rapidly growing BYD dealership network in the country reflects the public’s growing demand for the new age of sustainable mobility. BYD Cebu is our fourth active dealership, and by the end of the year, we will have 20 BYD dealerships in key cities nationwide. We continue to make the democratization of EVs possible by making BYD EVs readily available to more Filipinos nationwide, along with the supporting infrastructure that makes the experience a seamless transition from traditional internal combustion-engined cars. We are confident BYD Cebu will be a key player in this endeavor,” adds Zara.

James Ng, managing director of BYD Philippines and Singapore, likewise applauds the formal opening of BYD Cebu. “BYD EVs and the technology that make them so desirable in over 70 countries are now here in Cebu,” says Ng. “We have heard a lot about this crucial city in the Visayas and its affinity with mobility, and today, we begin to share with Cebuanos the brand’s promise of delivering a sustainable mobility alternative through EVs. We welcome everyone to visit BYD Cebu and experience the future today,” says Ng.

Edward Vincent Onglatco, president and CEO of Global Star Motors Corp, highlights his company’s commitment to delivering quality service to nurture customer confidence and build lasting relationships between customers and the BYD brand in Cebu.

“With the growing urban population and bustling economy, Cebu is the perfect backdrop for BYD’s EV range, which embodies urban sustainability,” says Onglatco.

“We would like to thank Ayala Corp, especially ACMobility and BYD Cars Philippines, and of course BYD itself for believing in us. Rest assured, the BYD brand is in safe and very capable hands here in Cebu,” Onglatco adds.