Volkswagen Philippines has formally turned over the Touran which Pope Francis used during the Papal Visit last month.
Volkswagen PH President and CEO John Philip Orbeta handed the said Touran to Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, last January 29, 2015.
“It’s an honor and privilege for us to become part of His Holiness’ historic visit to the Philippines. Volkswagen’s reputation for reliability is very much reflected in the Touran and we are proud to donate this vehicle to the Manila Nunciature,” Orbeta said.
The Touran that bore the SCV 1 licence plate, the official registration plate of the Pope, shuttled the Pope to Malacañang Palace last January 16. The following morning, on January 17, the same Touran brought the Pope to Villamor Air Base where he flew to Tacloban City in Leyte.
The Touran was once again at His Holiness’ service in the morning of January 18 as it brought the Pope from the Apostolic Nunciature to the University of Santo Tomas where he held morning meetings with religious leaders and more than 20,000 young people.
The Touran is powered by a Euro 4 compliant, 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine that delivers 110 PS and 280 Nm of torque.