Mitsubishi Philippines applies additional safeguard deposits on select models

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) now requires buyers to pay the provisional safeguard duties on selected models as mandated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). The vehicles affected are the Xpander, Xpander Cross, Montero Sport, and the Strada.

Amount of the additional tariff ranges from P78,400 up to P123,200, inclusive of the 12% VAT. As per the Japanese automaker, some local dealers still offer on-hand units of the said models that are not affected by the provisional safeguard duty. 

Starting with its MPV lineup, the Mitsubishi Xpander and Xpander Cross are slapped with an additional P78,400 bond. Purchasing the larger Montero Sport, except the GT 4x4 variant, would also require customers to shell out the same additional P78,400 bond. Lastly, the Mitsubishi Strada will require a larger amount of additional tariff compared with the other models mentioned. Surprisingly, even the entry-level cab and chassis variant has not been spared. Acquiring the midsize pickup will require buyers to pay P123,200. These additions are to be applied on top of their suggested retail prices (SRPs).

Despite this news, it is still worth noting that the rest of Mitsubishi’s lineup are safe. Aside from the GT 4x4 variant of the Montero Sport, other models including the L300, Mirage hatchback, Mirage G4, and the Outlander PHEV are excluded from the provisional safeguard duty.

As mentioned, other local Mitsubishi dealers are still offering the said models without the inclusion of the provisional safeguard duty. Buyers would certainly be lucky to find some of those on-hand units which are not covered by the additional cost. 

Aside from Mitsubishi Philippines, many automotive brands present in the local market like Toyota and Ford are already conforming with the standards of the DTI. The rest shall follow in the days to come.

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