Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) is displaying their latest public utility vehicle (PUV) prototypes at the 1st Philippine Auto Parts Expo. The expo, organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Philippine Parts Makers Association, Inc., will run from October 12 to 13, with IPC displaying 3 prototypes as their bids for the on-going PUV modernization program.
“These prototypes are a result of our thorough design development with the two leading body manufacturers in the country – CENTRO and Almazora. Our prototypes conform with the initial standards released by the DTI and we are happy with the outcome; but still we need to conduct series of tests to ensure passenger comfort,” said IPC president Hajime Koso.
Starting with IPC's first prototype Class II type jeepney, Isuzu used their existing NHR55 platform, but features a customized body on top, co-designed and manufactured by Almazora Motors Corporation. The Isuzu-Almazora prototype body still uses the current side-facing seating and standing orientation, is capable of carrying up to 30-passengers, and is air-conditioned. It still uses the NHR55's 4JB1-TC engine, which produces 91 PS and 196 Nm of torque.
Also under the Class II jeepney category, is Isuzu’s collaboration with Centro Manufacturing Corporation (CENTRO). The Isuzu-CENTRO prototype is underpinned by the yet to be launched Isuzu QKR77 platform, which runs a Euro IV compliant 4JH1-TC engine. Like the first prototype, the design maintains a side-facing and standing type cabin, capable of carrying 30-passengers. However, it will not have air-conditoning but instead have panoramic-type sie mirrors, which channels air into the cabin.
For their Class III category prototype, it uses a CENTRO designed body, ideal for longer routes within or outside the metro. It also uses the QKR77 platform and offers 23-seating capacity, all of which are front facing for better comfort. Although the display unit has no air-conditioning system, this body type can be fitted with one.