Philippine Daily Inquirer



Ayala’s AC Industrial­s tapped the ASEAN-CHINA FTA anew when they launched on June 5, 2019 in Manila, the 9seater Maxus G10 MPV and the Maxus V80 in three variants: family van, cargo hauler, shuttle bus. Maxus thus ventured into a segment dominated by the Toyota Hiace, Hyundai Grand Starex and Nissan NV350 Urvan, none of which are made in China.

On the other hand, Maxus is not a Chinese brand. Maxus has a 123-year history originatin­g from the Leyland Steam Van in Britain in 1896, followed by its inclusion under the Leyland Motors aegis in 1907. Over the years, Maxus became a leader in the design and production of internatio­nal commercial vehicles, and was finally acquired by Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporatio­n (SAIC) in 2010.

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