The newest automotive company in the country — Maxus Philippines — has shown that it has a caring heart. Last week, the company launched a feature that does not aspire to take a large chunk of the market.
The feature, the G10 Assist, aims to make mobility more convenient for the elderly and persons with disabilities (PWDs) – people we do not want to leave behind when we go on a road trip. Although that’s a small number of buyers in the large automotive market, the feature will bring benefits that can only be measured by the human heart.
Maxus PH, the sixth automotive brand partner under Ayala group’s AC Industrials, has shown a heart for the Filipino value of a strong family bond (that always includes the elderly), and recognizes the value of mobility to PWDs who want to be productive citizens.
With the G10 Assist, the elderly and the disabled will have an easier way to pursue career and leisure activities. A swivel seat at the second row next to the sliding door will slide out to the curb where the disabled person will sit and then be lifted to the cabin. When disembarking, the same seat will swivel to face the sidewalk, and slide out to deliver the person to the street level.
The programmable swivel lifting seat can be operated via remote control or through a mobile phone via an IOS app.
It has a position memory function, a path recover function, path obstacle sensor, door interlock, low-power detection and warning, mechanical manual function and anti-tip protection, Reginald See, general manager, explained during the launch.
The assist feature is offered in the G10, a 9-seater van that is powered by a Euro4 1.9L Turbo Diesel Common-rail Direct Injection engine. It has a 6-speed automatic transmission that produces 150 Ps of power and a 350 Nm of torque.
“With the G10 Assist, we can help our beloved family members with disabilities become more empowered and mobile, as the G10 Assist opens a world of new possibilities for them. “PWD” can now be enhanced to “PWeDe” as the G10 Assist MAXimizes transport options and MAXimizes assistance with a platform for them to live life to the max. MAX madali ang buhay pag may G10 Assist,” Felipe Estella, Automobile Central Enterprise, Inc. president, at the launching ceremony, said.
“Ask anyone who looks after a beloved elderly family member or someone who experiences difficulty with mobility. A conventional van, MPV, SUV, or sedan usually is not equipped to accommodate PWDs and their wheelchairs, which presents travel challenges. Boarding and disembarking them from their vehicles take considerable time and effort and these limitations further diminish their travel options,” he said.
Inside the cabin of the Maxus G10 are four captain seats, power adjustable seat for the driver and front passenger and flexible seating at the rear to provide a spacious luggage room.
Its safety features, which meet global standards, have been established by its integrated body structure, front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, 3-point seatbelts on all seats, ISOFIX, front and rear parking sensors, and rear camera, Mr. See explained.
The G10 is priced at P1,680,000, and the Assist device, as dealer option, is available at an additional cost of P399,800.
Mobile homes and food trucks
It is interesting that more people now choose to have specially-designed features in their vehicles to allow them to enjoy road trips.
An auto show that will exhibit mobile homes and food trucks has been organized by DMCI Homes’ Acacia Estates township in Taguig City. They will host the first AutoSpeed Show this weekend (Sept. 21-22).
The two-day event to be held at The Tent will feature vans converted into mobile living spaces and trailer homes complete with furnishings and elaborate amenities.
There will also be a display of recreational vehicles, classic cars, 4×4 off road vehicles, high-end motorcycles and food trucks which will be stationed around the premises of The Tent.
By Pinky Concha Colmenares