VOLKSWAGEN Philippines has formally turned over to the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila the Volkswagen Touran multi-purpose vehicle which Pope Francis used during His Holiness’ visit to the country from January 15-19, 2015.
Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, received the night blue metallic seven-seater MPV from John Philip Orbeta, president and CEO of Volkswagen Philippines, the official importer and distributor of Volkswagen cars in the country.
Because of its understated looks, spaciousness and highly functional interior, the Touran was chosen as one of the official vehicles for the Pope, who is widely known for simplicity and humility. The Touran is powered by a Euro-4 compliant, 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine that delivers 110 Ps and an impressive torque output of 280 Nm.
The Touran that bore the SCV 1 licence plate, the official registration plate of the Pope, made its debut when it shuttled the Pope to Malacañang Palace last January 16. The following morning, the same Touran brought the Pope to Villamor Air Base in Pasay City, where took a flight going to Tacloban City in Leyte.
The Touran was used again by His Holiness in the morning of January 18, as it brought the Pope from the Apostolic Nunciature to the University of Santo Tomas in Sampaloc, Manila City, where he held morning meetings with religious le aders and more than 20,000 youths. Pope Francis departed back for Rome on January 19.
“It’s an honor and privilege for us to become part of His Holiness’ historic visit to the Philippines. Volkswagen’s reputation for reliability is very much reflected in the Touran and we are proud to donate this vehicle to the Manila Nunciature,” Orbeta said.