Another week, another batch of modern PUVs from Isuzu is ready to transport commuters safely and with less emissions.

After handing over 15 units of their PUVs in Bataan, Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) recently turned over 16 units of their PUVs to the Sampol-Bulac-Santa Maria-Meycauayan -Transport Service Cooperative (SBSMM-TSC) in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

Present during the ceremony were key officials from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Office of Transport Cooperatives (OTC), as well as from Centro Manufacturing Corporation (CMC).

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But before the actual passing on of the PUVs, an early motorcade motorcade was held which showcased the modern PUVs. The caravan began in Sampol, passed through Santa Maria, and ended at the San Jose del Monte Activity Center.

There, IPC executives led by executive vice president Shojiro Sakoda, Department Head of Fleet Sales Mario Ojales, and officers of Isuzu Quezon Avenue; turned over the new 16 units to SBSMM-TSC officers Chairperson Elizabeth D. Villacruz, and vice president Chairperson German Manao Jr.

Like the other PUVs that the company has turned over for the past several months, the 16 units they handed over are based off the QKR77 platform with the rear body designed and manufactured by CMC. These Class 2 PUVs come with air-conditioning, side-facing seats, automatic closing door, an automated fare collection system, Wi-Fi, GPS, LED monitors, as well as a CCTV security system.

Powering them is a 3.0-liter, Euro4 compliant 4JH1-TC turbo-diesel engine. It puts out 102 PS along with 230 Nm of torque and is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

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For SBSMM-TSC, having Isuzu's modern PUVs will mean a better commuting experience for those living in Bulacan. In addition, the transport cooperative will also reap the benefits of Isuzu's PUV-X program. In a nutshell, the said program will offer operators the 10-point advantage of having an Isuzu PUV.

These are: 1) Isuzu's proven reliability, durability and efficiency; 2) experienced body builders; 3)accredited accessories suppliers; 4) An unmatched 3 years or 150,000 kms warranty coverage; 5) nationwide dealership network of 43 outlets and counting; 6) expert truck executives to help customers; 7) nationwide parts availability, competent and trained service technicians, technical assistance from Japanese and Filipino engineers, and Isuzu Service Medic vans for roadside assistance anytime; 8) drivers and mechanics trainings; 9) extensive fleet management system, and; 10) all-around customer assistance.

With the government planning to replace jeepneys by June 2020, the constant turning over of new PUV units to transport groups is a good sign that the deadline may be met.