Isuzu ends Crosswind production, to build next gen jeepney


ISUZU Philippines Corp. (IPC) plans to produce the next generation jeepney as it ends Crosswind production next year.

IPC president and Chief Executive Officer, Hajime Koso, told reporters Thursday the car company will present a prototype of the next-gen jeepney to the government next month in a bid to join the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program of the Department of Transportation.

IPC is also seeking incentives from the government for the production of PUVs under the modernization program like subsidizing certain portion of the production.

Koso said IPC will be phasing out its manufacturing of Crosswind models since the government requires cars to be Euro 4 compliant.  

Under the PUV Modernization Program, the government will build low or zero emission jeepneys to lessen air pollution.

The modernization program will also phase out some 200,000 jeepneys which are over 15 years old and replace them with next generation PUVs.  (Kris Crismundo/PNA)