Gaz Group, one of the leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles in Europe, signed an agreement on cooperation with Eastern Petroleum to roll out next generation buses in the Philippines.
Eastern Petroleum chairman and chief executive Fernando Martinez said the partnership with Gaz, which exports to more than 40 countries and a part of Basic Element, one of Russia’s leading diversified industrial groups, would allow them to aggressively participate in public transport modernization.
Martinez said more than 200,000 units jeepneys and vans were due for immediate replacement in the next five years under the government’s Fleet Modernization Program.
“The Gaz Group products fully comply with the environmental standards of the Philippines and also meet all requirements for comfort and safety. Moreover, Gaz Group has modern solutions for transporting low-mobility citizens, which fully fits the social needs of the modernization program,” Martinez said.
Eastern Petroleum, under the agreement receives rights for distribution and after-sales service of Gaz’s light commercial vehicles in the Philippines, including exclusive rights to sell Gazelle Next 17-seater minibus and Gazelle Next Cityline 20-seater bus.
The companies agreed that Gaz Group would supply the Philippines reliable and modern Gazelle Next buses, which fully meet the requirements of the fleet modernization program of the government.
The Gazelle Next family is a line of light commercial vehicles that combine high functionality and modern technical solutions. The Gazelle Next range includes trucks, utility vehicles, vans and minibuses. Gazelle Next are equipped with diesel, gasoline or gas engines
The first stage of the government’s modernization program will replace until 2023 more than 200,000 units―minibuses, medium and large buses―with new buses, and more than 150 new bus routes will be launched.