The 2014 Isuzu D-MAX 4×4 wowed spectators once again, in this year’s edition of Isuzu Philippines Corporation’s (IPC) off-road driving activity. For its fourth leg, it was the Cagayan de Oro audience who witnessed the D-MAX’s unmatched capabilities and value-for-money proposition last June 6 to 8, 2014.
This year’s edition of the D-MAX 4×4 Drive Series is the third and the biggest mounted by Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) as it features five locations in key cities across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The first two editions were held in 2008, and took place on three locations, and in 2010, which traveled across four areas.
“This year’s D-MAX 4×4 Drive Series has five locations, and it is notable that Cagayan de Oro has always been included in the event since it began,” said IPC President Nobuo Izumina during the activity’s opening. “The reason is quite obvious; I can stand on any road here and count to three, and I will surely see an Isuzu vehicle pass by. Cagayan de Oro is like a mini-Isuzu land!
The Cagayan de Oro leg of the D-MAX 4×4 Series was held at the city’s Pueblo Business Park in Pacific Street (at the back of SM City), where there were 13 stations specially designed to demonstrate the specific capabilities of the D-MAX’s various off-road driving features. The obstacles included 40-degree hill climb done in first gear and in second gear; 40-degree hill climb with a stall midway up; 40-degree descent without braking; lateral climb mount; driving over “elephant holes;” tackling trail ruts; camber right and camber left sides up in 45-degree angles; traversing a roundabout cone; lateral descent ditch crossing; driving over cross axle articulation rails; and going on a steel inclined plane with rollers. In each of the stations, the D-MAX’s power, maneuverability and traction were put to the test.
Meanwhile, Davaoenos and other guests still have a chance to catch the 2014 D-MAX 4×4 Drive Series as it holds its fifth and final leg from June 20 to 22, 2014 at the Dakudao Estate, Kilometer 6, J.P. Laurel Avenue (beside SM City Lanang) in Lanang, Davao City.