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  1. Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Quote Originally Posted by JJCarEnthusiast View Post
    hmmm meron na palang brand new locally assembled vehicles. (even though it have platforms from other established car companies.)

    sabi na nga ba, yung mga kinglong buses are of chinese origin. my instinct tells me that the design is rather chinese looking. hehehe though it's good that they do use Japanese engine and transmission. (not sure where ZF tranny and cummins engines originate.)
    Cummins is one of the biggest makers of Heavy Duty Diesel engines. Cummins is an American company.
    ZF on the other hand is one of Germany's biggest Transmissions and Driveline manufacturer. they supply gearboxes and driveline products to premium brands like Mercedes Benz, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover

  2. Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Try the following companies: Centro manufacturing, Inc. Almazora, StaRosa Motors, Del Monte.

  3. Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Why is it not one makes a Fiber Glass FB body? Be 1/2 be weight, no rust, quicker to produce, more stream line and the vehicle would use less fuel.

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    Jun 2007

    Truck company battles the giants

    Published on Thursday, 23 August 2012 00:00
    Written by IRMA ISIP

    Columbian Manufacturing Corp. (CMANC) yesterday said it is unfazed by competition from second-hand and brand-new buses sold at basement prices.

    Through its partner, Daewoo Global Bus Corp. of Korea, CMANC even thinks of exporting in the future.

    Mario Regis, general manager of CMANC, said the company has assembled 700 buses the past three years. It has signed a technical licensing agreement with Daewoo Global as exclusive official distributor, assembler and importer of Daewoo buses in the Philippines.

    Despite growing importation of completely built-up (CBU) units, CMANC said it supports completely knocked down (CKD) operations to create more jobs, and develop more products for both local and export markets.

    In the coming years and as the conditions and timing permit, Daewoo Bus Global is looking into introducing some alternative fuel variants such as compressed natural gas (CNG), hybrid, and electric buses.

    Regis said the market for locally-made buses, especially for a commuter city, is not that good because they have to compete with second-hand buses from Korea and brand-new units from China.

    CMANC’s locally-made Daewoo buses are priced at between P5 million and P7 million while second-hand imports cost below P2 million. Brand-new buses from China are remarkably lower at about P4 million.

    Regis said second-hand buses are now eating up 20 percent of the market for buses.

    “We offer operators buses that are reliable, fuel-efficient with good after-sales service that would ensure commuters better riding comfort,” Regis said.

    CMANC assembles buses in Sta. Rosa, Laguna using CKD packs and engines from Korea. The company produces stamped parts and builds bus bodies.

    According to Regis, other local components such as outriggers, tires and batteries are purchased from local sources.

    Regis said in the future, CMANC would bring in Daewoo’s technology for buses that run on compressed natural gas.

    “But for now, the infrastructure is not yet ready,” he said.

    Regis said CMANC’s partnership with Daewoo is proof of the local manufacturing industry’s growing presence.

    He said the healthy CKD operations in the Philippines have other players in the Asia-Pacific region sitting up and taking notice.

    In fact, Daewoo Bus’ head office in Korea is looking into introducing other eco-friendly models to serve both the local and export markets.

    CMANC currently has three bus models: BV115, BS106 and BF106.

    Regis said major bus operators are among CMANC’s main customers.

    At the 4th Philippine International Motor Show last week, CMANC showcased CMANC’s Philippine-made and designed bus model BV115, and for educational purposes the BS106 structural display unit.

    Established in 1955, Daewoo Bus is a global manufacturer of large buses.

    Through its global sales network and distributors in 60 countries, it supplies its products worldwide. Daewoo buses meet global quality standards for customer safety, comfort and even feature eco-friendly technology, according to Regis.
    Link:Truck company battles the giants

  5. Join Date
    Oct 2002
    At the end of the day... selling price vs overhead costs will dictate the winner.

    Problem with Philippines is the ridiculously expensive electricity with expensive labor costs. Plus the inability to take advantage of economies of scale with the tiny local market and the red tape if units were exported (plus the problem of the strong peso).

    Any proper businessman will see it clear as day.

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    Jun 2007


    The BV115 Daewoo Bus model provides great performance, fuel-efficiency, safety, and comfort to both driver and passengers alike. It has elegant styled exteriors and a comfortable, modern interior. It's also rugged and tough, made specifically for the Philippines' tropical climate and the roughest road conditions in the Philippines. Meanwhile, BS106 is powered by a 240 engine and its hollow steel frame is more lightweight but is still structurally durable.

    Source: The Korean bus that Pinoys made - Yahoo! News Philippines
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    Jun 2007
    Isuzu notes shift in preference of buyers to brand new trucks

    Published on Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00
    Written by IRMA ISIP

    As other truck manufacturers shift more and more to importation and despite the prevalence of second-hand trucks in the country, Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) is adding two more truck models to its lineup due to robust demand.IPC yesterday launched the Forward FRR and FVM medium-duty trucks at Isuzu Truckfest at the Le Pavilion, in a move to affirm leadership and take advantage of the market’s preference now on brand-new trucks.

    IPC president Nobuo Izumina said the company has noted a shift in preference of buyers specially entrepreneurs to buy brand-new trucks that they can rely on for 8 to 10 years.

    Takashi Tomita, executive vice president of IPC, said the company expects the newly launched 10.6-tonner FRR and 25-ton FVM trucks to sell very well as a new addition to the already bestselling light-duty trucks, the N and F series, all of which are assembled in the Philippines.

    IPC accounts for 70 percent of the light truck market and holds the number one position in the segment for the past 14 years.

    Tomita said Filipinos are now having second thoughts about used trucks that may be half the price of new ones but last them only two years.

    With new brand-new trucks, entrepreneurs experience less down time thus ensuring efficiency.

    “At at this moment 90 percent of the demand of trucks hers is occupied by second hand. Some are converted from right hand to left hand and that is not safe. We want customer to use brand new trucks. (We want to) change the market trend,” he added.

    IPC targets to sell 3,000 units of trucks, including its imported line, the heavy-duty E and C series.

    Joseph Bautista, assistant division head for sales of IPC, said at 3,000 units, the company still has the volume for local assembly even as other truck makers have increased importation of brand-new trucks which now enjoy zero tariff if imported from Japan.

    At 3,000 units, that is barely 8 percent of the truck market which is about 24,000 a year, mostly served by second-hand.

    Industry reports said companies like Mitsubishi, Hino, Fuso are taking advantage of the Japan-Philippines economic partnership agreement to import their trucks at zero duty rather than assemble them locally.

    Bautista said IPC is maintaining its completely knocked down (CKD) operations for light and medium duty trucks as assembly provides it the flexibility to make the trucks based on the specifications demanded by customers.

    He said even at zero tariff from Japan, trucks assembled from CKD remain competitively priced.

    Besides, he said, trucks that are imported completely built-up face capacity issues every now and then.

    Izumina said IPC would increase the sourcing of local parts, depending on the competitiveness in price and quality.

    For the trucks, all parts particularly engine and transmission are sourced from Japan with minimal parts only coming from local sources like batteries, tires, some pipings and tubings.

    “The local parts industry is still geared towards the passenger car segment,” said Bautista.

    Bautista said IPC trucks are in demand for construction, deliveries and for mining, especially the big trucks.

    He said even RORO services are a growing market.“The market is evolving. Customers want reliability,” he said.

    The Forward FRR, priced at P1.95 million is ideal for aluminum vans, compactors, mixers etc. Bodies are built by accredited IPC builders at an additional cost.The FVM , priced at P3.1 million, is ideal for up to 18-ton payload like carriers for softdrinks.IPC, which assembles 90 percent of the vehicles it sells locally, maintains as high as 35 percent in local content for its Asian utility vehicle, the Crosswind.The company targets to sell 13,000 units this year. Its plant in Sta Rosa has a capacity of 12,000 units but is using around 10,000. IPC has 500 employes.

    source:Malaya Business News Online - Philippine Business News | Online News Philippines - Isuzu notes shift in preference of buyers to brand new trucks

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