In celebration of its 106th anniversary, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) Motor Show gathered local players in the commercial manufacturer industry to display in the LTO Motor Show held last April 24 to 27 in East Avenue, Quezon City.

With the theme “Pang Masang Transportasyon, Modelong Napapanahon,” Foton Motor Philippines, Inc. (FMPI), exhibited two of its recently-launched vehicles—the Foton Jeepney and the Foton TransVan HR.

With a length of 19.6ft, width of 6.5ft, and a height of 7.2ft, the Foton Jeepney body was built in collaboration with Centro Manufacturing Corp. It is powered by an ISF 2.8 CRDI, four cylinder, in-line, water cooling turbocharger Cummins engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox—the same powerplant of the Foton Tornado 2.2C light duty truck.

The Foton Jeepney is designed more closely to the conventional jeepney with its side-facing passenger seats and covered open air windows. It is also provisioned for standing passengers to further maximize the seating capacity. It also features room lamps and will be installed with a working beep card reader employing a tap-in-tap-out scheme—the first-ever programmed fare collection solution made for jeepneys in the Philippines.

“Foton has made sure that these models comply with the standards set forth by the DOTr’s PUV Modernization Program. This is Foton’s prototype of our version of the Euro IV jeepney and we are currently in the process of producing more options of different size and specifications,” said Foton Philippines President Rommel Sytin.

Another entry is the newest addition in Foton’s passenger vehicle line, the Foton TransVan HR.

Unlike the standard 13- and 15-seater TransVan measuring 4,850 x 2,020 x 2,000mm (L x W x H), the major revision of this variant is its high roof that looks alike with its Traveller cousin. The TransVan HR with 16 seats comes equipped with features such as front and rear air-conditioning, entertainment system, power windows, and power locks.

The TransVan HR is powered by a 4-cylinder in-line, turbo-charged, CRDI diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with a 2, 800cc displacement. It produces a 225Nm/1,800-2,000rpm. Compared to the Standard model of the TransVan, the TransVan HR is apparently more spacious with its 5,335 x 2, 020 mm (W), and 2, 250 (H) total body dimension. Standard safety items include brake assist and EBD.

“Our dynamic participation in the government’s project has been evident since day 1. We remain committed to providing safe, reliable, and multi-functional transport solutions for the benefit of more Filipino commuters, families and businesses.” Sytin closed.

Foton is Asia’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles including passenger vehicles, light duty trucks, heavy duty trucks, and heavy machinery. For more details, you may contact them at (02) 459-2121 / 0999-999-9998. You may also visit their pages at www.Foton.com.ph and www.facebook.com/FotonPhilippines.

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