Maxus, a brand from China that traces its roots to the United Kingdom, has found its way to the Philippines via Ayala’s AC Industrials. Its initial offerings are a nine-seater MPV and a spacious van.
The Maxus G10 is a nine-seater MPV that features four captain seats in the second and third rows, and a three-passenger bench seat in the fourth row. It’s powered by a 1.9-liter turbodiesel engine (148hp and 350Nm) mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
For comfort and convenience, this P1,680,000 MPV boasts cruise control, power-adjustable front seats, dual-sliding doors, front and rear air-conditioning, a six-speaker audio system, a seven-inch touchscreen display, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 220V power outlet.
For safety, it comes with front passenger and side airbags, antilock brakes, Isofix child seat anchors, parking sensors, and a backup/rearview camera.
Meanwhile, the Maxus V80 van is available in three variants. The top-of-the-line Comfort (P1,570,000) seats 13 passengers, making it an ideal family van. The V80 Transport (P1,288,000) can accommodate 18 people, which makes it a good option as a shuttle service vehicle. The V80 Flex (P1,190,000), on the other hand, has three seats; it’s designed for cargo-hauling and is targeted at small and medium enterprises.
The V80 is powered by a 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine (134hp and 330Nm), and is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
Maxus is the sixth automotive brand partner under AC Industrials’ wing, which includes Honda, Isuzu, Volkswagen, Kia, and KTM motorcycles.
The Maxus auto brand traces its British roots to as far back as the creation of the Leyland Steam Van in 1896, followed by the start of Leyland Motors in 1907. This company eventually expanded its products to include sedans, buses, and other commercial vehicles throughout its long history. Leyland DAF Vans (LDV), a successor company to Leyland Motors, launched the Maxus brand in 2004, and in 2010, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) acquired the assets of the LDV Group and continued the Maxus brand which has current distributorships in Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Africa, among others.
For after-sales support, Maxus Philippines is providing a periodic maintenance service (PMS) interval schedule of the first 5,000km and every succeeding 10,000km, or once a year, whichever comes first. It is also offering 24/7 emergency roadside assistance, a pickup and delivery service for customers, and on-site servicing for corporate fleet accounts.