Online survey: PH buyers want tinted windows, not new tech, in cars

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While carmakers are investing billions of dollars to add new technologies in their new vehicle models, it turns out that most of them are not being utilized by car owners.

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In fact, a new survey by car classified website Carmudi found that at least 20 percent of new vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features measured.

Carmudi analyzed data based on thousands of global listings uploaded to the website to determine the most in-demand features worldwide.

The Philippines is the only country where tinted windows made the list of in-demand car features. Twenty-seven percent cars sold on its site have tinted windows and 45 percent of cars in the site are equipped with advanced entertainment systems, followed by Indonesia at 36 percent and Vietnam at 34 percent.

One car feature that varied in terms of popularity worldwide was the alarm system. Indonesia posted the highest number with 57 percent users, followed by 48 percent in the Philippines. In Bangladesh and Pakistan, only 7 percent of vehicles sold on the site featured an alarm system.

Despite the survey results, there is no doubt that technology has contributed greatly to the growth of the automotive industry, according to Subir Lohani, managing director of Carmudi Philippines.

?Technology has transformed the driving experience of every motorists. Motorists nowadays are looking for vehicles that are smarter and innovative. The growth is due to the demand of needs of car buyers who are looking for cars that will change how they drive,? Lohani said.

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