Foton opens Metro Clark dealership

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JUST LIKE the rainfall and strong winds kicking off the season on the first week of July, areas of Northern Luzon are also strongly feeling the presence and continuous network expansion of FOTON Motor Philippines, Inc. (FMPI) as it officially inaugurated its 29th dealership, FOTON Metro Clark, last July 3.

Strategically located along the busy stretch of McArthur Highway in Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga, FOTON Metro Clark houses a completely furnished vehicle showroom that could accommodate passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks. It also has state-of-the-art service bays designed to provide quality maintenance, repairs, and general after-sales services.

Apart from being the dealership closest to FMPI’s 11-hectare vehicle assembly plant in Pampanga, FOTON Metro Clark is also the first FOTON dealership under the management of Laus Group of Companies, one of the largest and fastest growing multi-brand automotive network in the Philippines today.

According to Laus Group of Companies Chairman and CEO Lisset Laus-Velasco, what made them choose FOTON was the brand’s vast product lineup available for both personal and business functions. “What we endeavor to do today and plan to sustain in the years ahead is the continuation of the trenchant vision and advocacy of our late father, Mr. Levy Laus. That is, growth and development in the countryside, a dream he started putting into reality some 40 years ago.”

“Today, FOTON now properly belongs to that vision,” she said.

Recognized as one of the most-developed and urbanized areas in Luzon, Clark in Pampanga has been well-known as a central business district that boasts of world-class hotels, casinos, resort, golf courses and recreational hubs.

The presence of FOTON Metro Clark also brings a good amount of exposure not only to those residing in the Freeport Zone, but also to the motorists passing by Mabalacat, Angeles, NLEX and even SCTEX. Laus-Velasco noted, “We want to transform the landscape of the countryside business and expand it not only in Metro Clark but across Central and Northern Luzon.”

With FOTON’s budding number of fully capable dealerships that house vehicle showrooms, service centers and sales outlets, the management of FMPI shared how grateful they are for being warmly embraced by the market. “Having Laus Auto Group as one of our dealer partners is considered as a major milestone for FOTON. This also conveys that FOTON already has what it takes to join the list of the Philippines’ most-trusted automotive brands,” exclaimed FOTON Philippines President Rommel Sytin.

Mabalacat, Pampanga Mayor Crisostomo Garbo also wished the FOTON Metro Clark and FOTON Philippines partnership good luck. “Through the years, I’ve witnessed how FOTON has improved and soared in the province of Pampanga. Right now, you’re doing great but in the long run, I believe you’ll do even better.”

Aligned with the local government of Mabalacat and Pampanga, FOTON Philippines also aims to support the government’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ program, particularly by providing commercial vehicles and earthmovers for developing roads, bridges and infrastructure. Garbo added, “Mabalaceños can now look forward to explore the city and business options using a FOTON vehicle. Eventually, our vision to give every Filipino a chance to experience FOTON will be realized with this partnership.”

Sytin shared, “Pampanga is a home to me, because the people here make me feel that this is my home. This is where I saw a great potential in terms of economic development and various business options, so we decided to make Pampanga the site of our biggest investment so far — the FMPI Assembly Plant.”

When asked about his partnership and meeting with the late founder of Laus Group, Sytin said, “I was really glad and grateful because Mr. Levy and I shared the same vision. We have a common goal, and that is to provide excellent customer care.”

“I’d like to thank the Laus family for trusting FOTON. Expect me and my team to support you 25 hours a day. Call me anytime, and I’ll always be right at your service,” he noted while closing his speech with full confidence and hope: “Who knows? From the 9th position, we might reach a higher notch in the overall automotive market sales, of course, through the help of Laus Group.”