Unity Parol to light up toll roads
Over 200 unity “parols” will be displayed along the Skyway System, South Luzon Expressway, Star Tollway and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway this Christmas season, while four giant lanterns will light up each of the main toll plaza of said toll roads.
Tony Reyes, marketing manager of the Toll Road Group (TRG), said that the Skyway O&M Corp., Manila Toll Expressway Systems, Inc, Star Tollway Corp. and Private Infra Development Corp. designed the unity “parol” using the colors of Skyway, SLEX, Star and TPLEX, with the theme “moving in one direction.”
The TRG later on partnered with the lantern manufacturers of Gerona, Tarlac to make the unity “parols” and help provide additional livelihood for the community.
EV manufacturing plant ready for PH production
BEMAC Electric Transportation Philippines Inc., formerly known as BEET Philippines, announced recently that they have completed the assembly line at their Carmona manufacturing plant and that they are ready to commence the mass-production of electric vehicles (EVs).
Located in Carmona, Cavite, BEMAC Philippines is now on pre-production fine tuning to make sure of its ability to deliver 500 units of three-wheeled EVs per month, as projected by the company.
BEMAC’s Japanese engineers are currently in the country to train their local counterparts in the assembly the EVs. This will guarantee that the strict controls imposed by the Japanese company to its local EV subsidiary will be adhered to by the Filipino technicians and local parts manufacturing partners.
The company’s strong partnership with a top Japanese lithium-ion battery manufacturer has enabled both companies to extend full cooperation with their research and development departments making sure the compatibility between BEMAC’s VCU technology and the battery works seamlessly. The battery is the driving force behind a reliable EV on the road and it is the utmost desire of BEMAC to provide the best battery to power their EVs.
“We want only to give the Filipinos a reliable and safe EV product which they can proudly claim as made in the Philippines backed by Japanese technology,” Masato Oda, BEMAC president, said.
“We are the only EV manufacturer in the country who does a thorough testing of our product before actually rolling it on the streets.” Mr. Oda added. Product safety testing includes vibration test that will guarantee at least 10 years for its chassis or 100,000 km., slalom test, uphill and downhill run, water proofing and breaking capability often employed only by car manufacturers.
Given the reliability and long life of their product BEMAC is optimistic with the potential of replacing the aging, noisy and air pollution inducing traditional tricycles with their EV-trikes.
“Our business modeling showed that even with higher initial cost, our product is actually the lowest priced EV in the market today considering that we can guarantee longer battery, chassis life and with a very strong after sales support team ready.” Yvonne Palomar-Castro, BEMAC AVP, said.
Tricycle Operators and Drivers Associations (TODA) in areas like Metro Manila, Cebu and Boracay are showing interest in BEMAC EVs. Leading local companies who put value in greening their businesses are also interested in utilizing its cargo model suitable for delivery services.
BEMAC is expected to produce a minimum of 500 units per month or 6,000 units per year but is preparing to increase its production capacity to 1,000 units per month or 12,000 units per year starting from July of 2015.
Ayala AUTO FAIR showcases Honda, Isuzu and Volkswagen cars
The three automotive brands owned by the Ayala Corporation teamed up a fortnight ago to showcase their vehicles at the Ayala Triangle Garden in Makati. Dubbed as the first Ayala Auto Fair, cars from Honda, Isuzu and Volkswagen were displayed for everyone to see and test drive during the event held from November 26 to 28.
Taking center stage during the fair were the Volkswagen Beetle, Jetta, Polo, Touran, Tiguan, and Touareg. Honda, meanwhile, put on display the Brio, City, Jazz, CR-V, Civic, Accord, Pilot, and Odyssey. Isuzu, for its part, showcased the all-new mu-X, D-MAX, and Crosswind, as well as their N-series and F-series trucks.
Organized by the Ayala Automotive Holdings Corporation, the Ayala Auto Fair is aimed at further reinforcing Ayala’s strong presence in the local automotive industry.
The Ayalas own the distinction of establishing the first Honda dealership in the country in 1991. Under the banner of Honda Cars Makati, Inc., the company now has five strategically located branches in Metro Manila—Makati, Pasig, Alabang, Shaw, and Global City—making it the biggest dealer group in the entire network of Honda Cars Philippines.
In 1996, Ayala Automotive Holdings Corporation ventured into the world of diesel engine technology and opened the pioneer branch of Isuzu Automotive Dealership, Inc. located in Alabang. Catering to the growing demand for durable and fuel-efficient modes of transportation for business and personal use, IADI continuously forged ahead and opened three more dealerships in Luzon, namely, in Cavite, Pasig, and Rizal.
The year 2012 marked a very important year for Ayala Automotive Holdings Corporation as it bagged the distributorship of Germany-based Volkswagen in the Philippines. Set to deliver nothing but the best from Europe’s largest carmaker, Volkswagen Philippines acts as a conduit for the growing automotive demand in the country and houses these premium European cars in Bonifacio Global City and Quezon Avenue in Quezon City.