Maxus PH Competes for the 1st Time in 2019 STV Auto Rally
After its debut last June 5, Maxus Philippines immediately made its presence felt at the Phoenix Petroleum 2019 Sunshine Television (STV) Auto Rally Corporate Challenge (ARCC). Held last June 15 at Clark Global City in Pampanga, Maxus Philippines fielded three teams composed of members of the local motoring media on board two Maxus G10 multipurpose vehicles (MPVs) and a Maxus V80 Comfort 13-seater passenger van. I drove a white Maxus V80 together with fellow media representatives Alfred Mendoza and Ren Alcantara. Driving the G10s were Jason Tulio, Manskee Nascimento, and Van Bomediano in a white one while radio jock Jojo the Love Survivor and Raymond Tribdino were assigned to a grey G10. The ARCC, organized by the long-running Sunshine Television Ventures, which produces motoring TV and online programs "Motoring Today" and "Auto Focus," is an 'on time, all the time' auto rally exclusive among the country's automobile manufacturers and importers, and is the only motor sports competition where auto industry players openly compete against each other. The ARCC is a revival of the Sampaguita Rally, a popular motorsport discipline in the 1960s equivalent to the European Tulip Rally, wherein participants are required to travel distances on given timelines. Every second beyond or less than the prescribed travel time would mean a demerit and the team that acquires the least number of demerits wins. The rally runs on public roads, and participants are not exempt from traffic laws and regulations, thus road safety and road discipline are emphasized. Maxus Philippines chief Felipe Estrella III together with General Manager Reginald See even graced the event to see and get the inputs from the team. See was excited with the Maxus' participation in the event. "The 2019 STV ARCC was officially the first public event, after our brand debut, that Maxus vehicles were actually seen running on the roads. Staged with other competing vehicle manufacturers, our G10 and V80 were tested for their Max-performances," See said. "And with the 'Max-Safety' and 'Max-Efficiency' of the G10 and V80, our vehicles provided a 'Max-Enjoyable' ride and drive for our media team members," he added. The Maxus G10 is a nine-seater MPV that offers the double-layer welding technology that meets European MPV active and passive safety standards, is equipped with driver, front passenger and side airbags, three-point seatbelts for all seats, ISOFIX Child Seats, reverse camera, and front and rear parking sensors. The G10 is fitted with a McPherson suspension at the front and five-link coil springs at the rear, and chassis timing by Lotus and GM Pan-Asia for increased stability and better handling. Performance-wise, the Maxus G10 is powered by a Euro-4 1.9-liter diesel engine with VGT and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that can provide 148 hp and 350 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the Maxus V80--which comes in Comfort, Flex, and Transport variants--is powered by a 2.5-liter CRDI diesel engine with VGT. It also sports an Electric Step Board, making the passengers' ingress and egress from the vehicle easier more comfortable and safer. Being driven on the roads, it seemingly stands proud as it stands higher than the usual vans and is just a little lower than the provincial buses. What's fun is that it is still a van and and not a crammed uses, which means it still fits the Class 1 ratings in toll plazas.