Maxus, a 123-year-old British car brand owned by SAIC Motor, has finally made its way to Manila under Ayala’s AC Industrials. The Maxus brand traces its British roots to as far back as the creation of the Leyland Steam Van in 1896, followed by the creation of Leyland Motors in 1907.
Leyland DAF Vans (LDV), a successor to Leyland Motors, launched the Maxus brand in 2004, and then in 2010, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC Motor) acquired the assets of the LDV Group and continued the Maxus brand. It now has distributorships in Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and Africa, among others. In the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, Maxus vehicles continue to be sold under the LDV brand. Being owned by SAIC Motor means it has access to the global resources and parts from brands such as Volkswagen and MG, which are SAIC’s assembly and R&D partners in China.
Maxus G10 – 1,680,000
At 5,168 mm long, 1,980 mm high, 1,928 mm, and a wheelbase of 3,210 mm, the Maxus G10 is a large MPV that can seat nine people in comfort. Its exterior looks great, with just the right amount of chrome to give it an elegant fascia. The wide three-bar grille is flanked by projector headlights, while the side is characterized by a sleek character line that runs throughout the length of the G10. Meanwhile, the interior is filled with creature comforts, ranging from leather seats, four captains chairs, 220V socket, climate control, 7-inch touch screen infotainment system, reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors, auto dimming rear view mirror, as well as ABS with EBD.
Under the hood of the G10 is a 1.9-liter inline-4 turbo diesel CRDI engine, producing 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque, sending power through the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic.
Maxus V80 Comfort – P1,570,000
The Maxus V80 was originally badged as an LDV. Measuring at 4,950 mm long, 1,998 mm wide, and 2,132 mm tall, the Maxus V80 is quite a large van. Maxus Philippines launched three variants of the V80, and the V80 Comfort we have here can seat thirteen people. Up front, the driver gets a 2-DIN radio with AUX, USB, and Bluetooth. Other amenities include front and rear air conditioning, as well as fabric seats. In terms of safety, all V80 models feature ABS with EBD, while only this Comfort model features rear parking sensors.
Maxus V80 Transport – P1,288,000
There’s also the V80 Transport, which can seat eighteen passengers. This set-up is ideal for UV Express and other utility van services. Elsewhere, the V80 Transport has the same amenities as the V80 Comfort. All the differences are from the seats, in which each row is now a single-piece bench seat, while the rearmost bench seats face each other.
Maxus V80 Flex – P1,190,000
Lastly, the V80 Flex is mainly built for cargo purposes. There are only three seats since the rest of the interior is dedicated for cargo. All Maxus V80 models have a cargo carrying capacity of 1.1 tons.
All Maxus V80 models are powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 turbo diesel engine producing 136 hp and 330 Nm of torque.
All Maxus vehicles follow a once-a-year maintenance interval, or every 10,000 kilometers for the G10 and every 15,000 km for the V80, whichever comes first. It also includes 24/7 roadside assistance, full parts support, on-site servicing for fleet accounts, as well as pick-up/delivery service for customers.
You may visit Maxus’ showroom in Greenfield District in Mandaluyong. By the end of the year, Maxus will be opening dealerships in Manila Bay ASEANA area, Quezon City, and Cebu.