Universal Motors Corporation (UMC) was established in 1955 to be a pioneering Philippine automotive assembler and distributor. UMC is the country’s largest and oldest 100% Filipino-owned automotive assembler and distributor and has over 60 solid years of experience in the local automotive industry. UMC introduced, assembled and distributed two globally known brands, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan, in the Philippines.
In 2014, UMC established Bayan Automotive Industries Corp. (Bayan Auto) to be the exclusive Philippine Distributor of BAIC vehicles in the Philippines. Commercial operations of Bayan Auto started in 2015. Bayan Auto is responsible for the distribution and sales of BAIC passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles, marketing, dealer operations, and aftersales service for BAIC vehicles in the Philippines. BAIC Philippines’ model line-up includes the BJ20 Crossover SUV, the versatile M50S, the luxury MPV M60, the X424 for off-road enthusiasts, the MZ40 and MZ45 mainstay mini-vans, the agile Freedom compact utility vehicle, and the H5 Bayanihan light truck. BAIC dealers and service centers are can be found in the NCR, Northern and Southern Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.
BAIC Group is the fourth largest automotive manufacturing group in China. It is primarily engaged in vehicle manufacturing, parts, service trade, development and reform and adjustment. With its headquarters located in Beijing and at the Turin Styling Center in Italy and production bases all over China, BAIC Group is one of the automotive groups in China with the most comprehensive portfolio of products, covering the full range from passenger to commercial vehicles.
In 2014, BAIC Group reached a sales volume of 2.4 million units and revenue of 50.4 billion USD. In 2017, BAIC Group ranked 137th in the Fortune Global 500 with production and sales volume exceeding 2.847 million vehicles. Today, BAIC ranks 124th in the Fortune Global 500. In the Philippines, BAIC is distributed by Bayan Automotive Industries Corporation (Bayan Auto).