Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) on October 27, 2019, flew to Bacolod to support and witness the LTFRB Modern PUV Caravan 2019. As IPC is considered as one of the country’s leading assembler and distributor of brand-new Isuzu trucks, the launch of their newly-built and designed modern Jeepney aims to provide commuters the comfort and safety which the old jeeps plying in the streets of Negros Island lack.
Unveiled in this PUV Caravan is the all-new Isuzu Class 2 Modern PUV NLR77 with the ideally sized 3.0 liter 4JH1-TC Euro 4 TurboDiesel engine. This Blue Power diesel engine has a 4-cylinder Turbo Intercooler with common-rail direct injection, which produces 106 hp @ 3,200 rpm and 230 Nm of torque from 1,400 to 3,200 rpm. Equipped with a large 75-liter tank, fuelling up the Isuzu Modern PUV will be few and far in between, letting it stay longer on the road to serve commuters.
The new PUV features a side-facing seat configuration that can accommodate up to 23 seating and standing passengers combined. The PUV has 3 different body types that are designed by body fabricators such as Almazora, Centro, and Santarosa. The interiors also provides modern fare collection system, dashcams and CCTVs.
At the venue were government proponents such as regional representatives of LTFRB and LGUs. Development Bank of the Philippines was also there to disseminate information that jeepney operators has the option of starting their own modern PUV transport cooperatives that can seek financial assistance from the government financing institutions.
As the caravan event coincided with the celebration of the Annual Maskara Festival, IPC also brought with them via RO-RO their latest Isuzu D-Max and Mu-X to the delight of the Maskara Fest Street dancers who eagerly posed and danced for Isuzu’s utility vehicles.