LEADING truck body builder Centro Manufacturing Corp. showcased on Thursday new variants of its locally assembled minibuses – which it calls mikrobuses — and a wide array of hydraulic tailgate lifts at the 2016 Philippine International Motor Show.
Centro senior sales manager Vic Belisario said their new 26-seater mikrobus is locally converted from a Mitsubishi Canter FE71 light truck.
“It is retrofitted with an air suspension system for a smoother ride and will be called the Super Shuttle as it is perhaps going to be one of the biggest shuttle buses ever,” he said.
Centro also displayed its other mikrobus variants such as the Isuzu I-Van, which is derived from the Isuzu NHR light truck.
“The I-Van is now one of the more popular UV Express shuttles in the mass transport industry,” Belisario said.
He said they have also developed two new variants of their mikrobus model, the Mitsubishi L300 XV.
From the popular L300 Exceed chassis cab, “we have developed a one-piece mikrobus, the L300 XV passenger van. And from this basic model, we diversified to other variants like a fully-equipped ambulance and a school bus, both of which will be exhibited for the first time here at PIMS,” he said.
In the area of hydraulic equipment technology, Centro also showcased a one-ton capacity tailgate lift from Nippon Fruehauf, Japan’s number one tailgate lift manufacturer and seller.
For bigger and heavier loads, Centro introduced its truck-mountable crane from Cargotec, the Hiab ST-094 telescopic crane with four booms and a rated capacity of around 9.4 ton-meter.
Centro president Raphael Juan said the company is optimistic that with the projected growth of the Philippine economy and the upsurge in the manufacturing sector, its mikrobuses and cargo vehicles equipped with hydraulic tailgate lifts and truck-mounted cranes will be leading the way in moving people, cargo and commerce. RAADEE S. SAUSA