Isuzu PH donates D-Max pickup to GMA Kapuso Foundation
We Filipinos are known for our culture of bayanihan, a compelling tradition of camaraderie that helps make these trying times somewhat bearable. Two institutions from different industries recently showed that this deep-rooted value of community spirit can help us take a step toward achieving a common goal: fighting COVID-19.
The local arm of Isuzu Motors Ltd., Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC), turned over an Isuzu D-Max LS 4x2 AT pickup truck to one of its trusted partners, the GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) last April 16.
The donation will be used in the foundation’s ongoing “Labanan Natin ang COVID-19” nationwide campaign where it provides personal protective equipment (PPE) to public hospital health workers and border frontliners as well as grocery packs to indigent quarantined families.
Back in 2018, the exclusive assembler, importer, and distributor of Isuzu commercial and light commercial vehicles in the Philippines, forged a partnership with the media company. IPC donated one of the Japanese carmaker’s most-dependable utility pickup trucks—an Isuzu D-Max LS 4x4—to help over 600,000 individuals who are in calamity-stricken and underserved communities.
In a statement, IPC President Hajime Koso said, “We are delighted again to extend our support to GMA’s public service endeavors. Their philosophy of ‘Serbisyong Totoo’ closely resonates with our own corporate values and mantra on being ‘Your Responsible Partner’ not just when it comes to being behind the wheel but also in giving back to the community.”
He added, “We stand by our pledge to help Filipinos in need during these tough times where the country is still combating the pandemic.”
According to Koso, the Isuzu D-Max is known to be tough inside and out. It has made a name for itself for its on- and off-road capabilities and the IPC president hopes that the D-Max can give our volunteer aids an added confidence and mobility in reaching those who need help in remote and mountainous areas.
The D-Max is outfitted with a four-cylinder in-line Blue Power diesel engine with a turbo intercooler. Depending on the variant, the diesel mill can put out 150 or 190hp at either 350 or 450Nm of torque. The powertrain can also be mated to a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.
It's equipped with double-wishbone coil springs with a stabilizer at the front and long-span semi-elliptical leaf spring suspensions at the rear. They are supported by ventilated disc brakes up front and auto-adjust drum brakes at the back.
Currently, IPC offers the Isuzu D-Max in nine variants: 3.0 4X4 LS-E AT, 3.0 4X4 LS MT, 3.0 4X2 LS-A AT, 3.0 4X2 LS MT, RZ4E 4X2 LS AT, RZ4E 4X2 LS MT, 3.0 LT 4X4 MT, RZ4E LT 4X2 MT, and the RZ4E 4X2 Single Cab MT.
Photos from Isuzu