Solar Transport Automotive Resources Corporation, (STAR Corp.), the exclusive distributor of BYD vehicles in the country, recently announced their partnership with World Transport for their taxi fleet. The first BYD F3 taxi was presented to World Transport by STAR Corp. managing director Mark Andrew Tieng and Jose Paolo Soriano during simple blessing ceremonies held at the BYD Showroom in Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.
“These are exciting times for STAR Corp. as we roll out our first taxi fleet in the Philippines. The BYD F3 is designed for the Filipino commuting public, who deserve more space and comfort. It is fuel efficient and represents real value for money,” said Tieng.
The BYD F3 Taxi is a four-door compact sedan specially developed for fleet operations as it comes with provisions for a taxi meter, top mount light, and a “For Hire” Lamp. It is bigger, wider, longer and roomier than all other current taxi models resulting in a pleasant ride. Five occupants, including the driver, can fit inside the F3 comfortably with ample legroom and elbowroom. The F3 features a Euro 4 compliant 1.5-liter 473QE engine, which is an ultra-efficient aluminum power train that uses less fuel. It combines Variable Valve Lift and Exhaust Gas Recirculation technology to maximize power while minimizing impact to the environmental and reducing fuel consumption. With its five-speed manual transmission, shifting gears is smooth and effortless.
The F3 is also safer than other taxi cabs as it is equipped with Bosch two channel anti-lock brake system with non-stop monitoring Delphi EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), which together give its driver greater control during emergency braking. It also has full-size front and rear fog lamps, rear defogger, LED brake lights and a third LED high-mounted brake light to increase the safety level of boxers.
In addition to owning the reliable and safe BYD F3 Taxi, fleet owners will have access to excellent after sales service, a steady supply of original parts and accessories, as well as caring fleet account managers to assist in the maintenance of the F3 taxi fleet.
“With its high-quality and excellent performance, the F3 has had wide satisfaction ratings in several countries worldwide. In China, it is used as police cars in Guangdong, China by the Huizhou Police Station as well as the local social safety service vehicle since 2008. The F3 is also being used by the Chinese government and its judicial department in Henan, Xian and Shenzhen, China, as their service vehicles,” Tieng said.
“In other Asian countries, the Middle East, and even Latin America, the F3 is the car of choice for taxi fleet operations as well – in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2008; in Egypt, through their Financial Department of Cairo, where the F3 replaced 80,000 city taxi units in 2009, and in the Dominican Republic, which acquired 500 F3 taxis in 2010,” Tieng added.