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AVillareal
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« on: June 26, 2006, 11:41:30 AM »

What happened to the Opel Brand in the Philippines? why was it dumped by GM Philippines?

The Astra was selling well.
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edl100
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2006, 01:52:24 PM »

That is a question that GM Phils should answer.

But I think there are numerous reasons why:

1)GM is grooming the Chevrolet Brand as this american name might sell to the Filipinos better than the OPEL brand

2)They have the Chevrolet OPTRA in their lineup which conflicts with the Astra.   The Omega and Vectra did not sell well so it was better to scrap the whole Opel brand altogether.

3)Importation cost.   Euro-dollar is very expensive and that Importing OPEL cars from Germany will be too expensive to compete with the likes of Civics, Corollas, Focus etc..     Unless these cars are built in Thailand like the Optra.

4)GM AUTOWORLD is just not capable enough with very weak marketing skills, P.R., weak sales and aftersales service, Incompetent Mechanics and service, inadequate and expensive parts inventory.     Unlike Mazda or Ford which has one of the best customer aftersales satisfaction.

I hope OPEL comes back to the Philippines on its own just like what SUBARU did.     
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Kingtut
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2006, 03:41:46 PM »

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From what I've seen, there doesnt seem to be much respect from Opel owners towards the after sales service people. Both dealers and the GM Phils.
I also agree that GMAP isn;t doing anything to change this perception either.
They're looking at it from a PURELY business aspect - and if they see sales slump - they dump the product! To hell with the previous customers. I bet they're relying on these users to dump their cars as well!
Look at what happened to Yanase (the biggest GM/Opel dealer in Japan) they recently dumped the Opel brand too.

It's organizations like this who can turn things around. I really hope the Club members can do something. I wouldnt be caught dead in an Optra!
(no offense to Optra owner/members!)
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jonvic
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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2006, 12:33:43 AM »

true that theyre merely promoting the chevy name to make it more american sounding but theyre just dumping alot of cheap china made aveos,ventures and korean made optras for the name sake.Mga pareko,even the cheapest astra is WAY MORE CAR AND LOADED WITH LOTS OF GERMAN HIGH quality stuff than all of them.Think about it,its stupid that they bring in V8 suburbans and gas guzzling V6 ventures while the real German opels build ultra hi-tech CRDI turbointercooler astras and vectras that pump out 160bhp on a ECOTECH2.2liter diesel.Sa mahal ng gasolina ngayon.Sometimes they do dumb things on purpose.Why is that?
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gibe
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« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2007, 10:24:05 AM »

hello to all owners of opel,..where i can service my opel astra(club)model 2000??thanks
I also agree that GMAP isn;t doing anything to change this perception either.
They're looking at it from a PURELY business aspect - and if they see sales slump - they dump the product! To hell with the previous customers. I bet they're relying on these users to dump their cars as well!
Look at what happened to Yanase (the biggest GM/Opel dealer in Japan) they recently dumped the Opel brand too.

It's organizations like this who can turn things around. I really hope the Club members can do something. I wouldnt be caught dead in an Optra!
(no offense to Optra owner/members!)
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What happened to the Opel Brand in the Philippines? why was it dumped by GM Philippines?

The Astra was selling well.
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Edwin Monzon
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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2007, 09:40:58 PM »

Yes, GMAP has poor marketing and PR skills. The experience i had with GM Makati which i related in the tech talk section is more appropriate here, so ulitin ko lang.

When i had the 60,000 km PMS for my Vectra in GM Makati sometime last year, I saw this large streamer saying "Accepting Trade-In, All Makes, All Models for a new Chevrolet Optra". I asked, how much they'd get my 2001 Vectra for. The reply - "Sorry, we don't accept Vectras".

Whaaat!!! You're own brand and you won't accept for trade-in? And this was the dealer who sold me the Vectra! So how would they expect me to get an Optra, then? Told myself, from that day on, no more GM product for me.

Recently bought Toyota from the dealer beside them. Ha! Angry
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2007, 08:13:22 AM »

Yes, GMAP has poor marketing and PR skills. The experience i had with GM Makati which i related in the tech talk section is more appropriate here, so ulitin ko lang.

When i had the 60,000 km PMS for my Vectra in GM Makati sometime last year, I saw this large streamer saying "Accepting Trade-In, All Makes, All Models for a new Chevrolet Optra". I asked, how much they'd get my 2001 Vectra for. The reply - "Sorry, we don't accept Vectras".

Whaaat!!! You're own brand and you won't accept for trade-in? And this was the dealer who sold me the Vectra! So how would they expect me to get an Optra, then? Told myself, from that day on, no more GM product for me.

Recently bought Toyota from the dealer beside them. Ha! Angry

Well said Edwin. I'll never buy another GM product again. I settled for a toyota too for recent purchase. BTW im paolo of the other car club.

ANybody here knows how many liters does an astra need for its cooling system? Need to replace the tap i put recently.

thanks
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Edwin Monzon
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2007, 06:09:30 AM »

Minimax,

Thanks for confirming but I did suspect you're Paolo from the 'other club' when you acknowledged my thanks for leading me here. Yup,as you said,the Opel group is as fun and as helpful as in our other club. Looking forward to meeting you in the EB.

Edwin
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