Not every country gets the dealer for the cars that they want; it’s ultimately up to the manufacturer to decide if they think that the market is worth entering. Philippine’s auto enthusiasts finally have some good news from Shelby.
The Ford aftermarket company recently appointed an exclusive distributor for the Philippines; Autohub Group of Companies. The company will be in charge of selling aftermarket auto parts, including kits, as well as Shelby-modified vehicles, acting as the US manufacturer’s official and exclusive supplier.
Autohub Group of Companies President Willy Tee Ten says that they’ll be bringing in as many products from Shelby into the Philippine auto market as they can, acting as the exclusive distributor for the US company’s products, covering auto parts, accessories, as well as upgrades. They’ll also handle the installation of said parts, including kits and superchargers.
Autohub has stated that they won’t be selling Shelby cars immediately, but they’ll be doing so in the future, via indent orders, for those in the Philippines who are interested in owning their very own Shelby. The company has yet to reveal which models they’ll be selling, but there are talks that say it’ll be, at least, the Shelby GT, GT-S, and, possibly Super Snake.
As part of their deal, Autohub will be sending its technicians and mechanics to Shelby, in the US, for training. This will allow the distributor to properly install aftermarket upgrades, particularly the supercharger kits to the Mustang’s V8 iterations.
As for the distribution of Shelby vehicles, Tee Ten announced that Allen Pascual will be in charge, to act as the head of Shelby Philippines in the future, on top of his leading of the Autohub Car Care Services (ACCS), which handle all aftermarket parts and accessories under the Autohub Group umbrella.
Neither Shelby nor Autohub has revealed the date when Shelby Philippines will officially open, but Tee Ten reports that they’re just waiting for the finalization process to finish on the deal; with the final signature having yet to be filled out. He says that they’re expecting it around January; sometime in the earlier months of 2020.