'End of an Era' as the mighty AUVs make final run this 2017

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'End of an Era' as the mighty AUVs make final run this 2017
The AUV workhorses are set to ride off into the sunset.

The Isuzu Crosswind, Mitsubishi Adventure and the L300 are being retired this year, following the scheduled phase out of select car models that couldn’t comply to the government's stricter fuel emission standards.

Having shifted to Euro 4 emissions standard since last year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has set a December 31, 2017 deadline for the initial (new car) registration of these vehicles and other non-Euro 4 compliant vehicles in the country.

By January 2018, only cars equipped with Euro 4 compliant engines will be allowed to enter the market, as the DENR will no longer accept Euro 2 Certificates of Conformity (COC) as a basis of initial registration with the Land Transportation Office or LTO.

This means all new Euro 2 standard vehicles which haven't been registered cannot be registered anymore.


New engine needs new parts, new assemblies

The AUVs cannot just replace their engines with Euro 4 engines. If so, car manufacturers will need to change most of the vehicle's parts and assemblies. The new engine will need new transmissions, new exhaust systems, and new modified engine supports and chassis. The brakes will have to be changed, too, to accommodate faster speeds. And because almost every parts and assemblies will have to be new, a new onboard diagnostics system would have to replace the old ones.


Replacement vehicles

According to Top Gear Philippines, the Adventure will no longer be sold beginning next year. But, the good news is, there's a replacement—sort of—coming for the Adventure. Mitsubishi Motors haven't pegged its name yet, but it will certainly be an MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) in the likes of the Suzuki Ertiga, Toyota Avanza and the Honda Mobilio.

As for Isuzu, they said they will be offering a line-up of Euro 4 emissions compliant vehicles by the time the government deadline arrives.


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