Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) recently turned over 16 units of modernized public utility vehicles (PUVs) to Sampol-Bulac-Santa Maria-Meycauayan-Transport Service Cooperative (SBSMM-TSC).
The modern Isuzu PUVs assembled using the Isuzu QKR77 platform with a rear body designed and manufactured by Centro Manufacturing Corporation, are Class 2 PUVs fitted with the air-conditioning system by CoolAire and a side-facing seat configuration. The Isuzu QKR platform is assembled in the Philippines and is equipped with a Euro IV-compliant 4JH1-TC diesel engine that delivers excellent fuel economy.
For SBSMM-TSC, a well-established transport entity in Bulacan that operates over 600 jeepneys, its acquisition of Isuzu modern PUVs will not only provide world-class transport to its riding public but will also make possible for the cooperative to reap the numerous aftersales advantages of IPC’s vaunted “PUV-X” program.
The 16 modern PUVs that SBSMM-TSC is now using are the latest additions in support of the government’s efforts to modernize all PUVs by June 2020, as embodied in the PUV Modernization Program (PUVMP) that envisions the replacement of some 200,000 PUVs nationwide 15 years and older with new, safe and environmentally-friendly vehicles.