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March 12, 2018

Russian Commercial Vehicle Brand, GAZ, Enters the Philippines

GAZ Group, the leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles (CVs) in Russia has officially started selling its models locally through its official Philippine distributor, Gazelle Motors Corp. GAZ is now selling its NEXT minibus and NEXT Citiline frame bus in the country through its own dealer network.

The GAZelle NEXT Minibus can be used as a tourist bus or company shuttle thanks to its 17-seater capacity. The design of the NEXT Minibus can also accommodate standing passengers as well and can be a starting point for various specialized vehicles such as public utility vehicles (PUV), transport for people with disabilities, school buses, and airport shuttles.

Meanwhile, the GAZelle NEXT Citiline frame bus can carry up to 19 passengers. Compared to the Minibus, it’s shorter in length but wider in width. The NEXT Citiline is equipped with comfortable passenger seats with railings that allow passengers to comfortably and safely move around the passenger compartment. The NEXT Citiline also features a large window area for additional comfort.

Both of these offerings are powered by a Cummins 2.8-liter ISF turbodiesel engine making 150 horsepower and 330 Nm of torque. It passes Euro 4 emissions standards as well.

Sales and aftersales service of GAZ vehicles will be provided by dealer centers across the Philippines (Pasig, Cavite, Subic, Cebu, General Santos City, and Davao) and a network of 35 fully-trained and accredited aftersales service centers provided by partners Rapide and Payless.

Gazelle Motors Corp. is a subsidiary of Eastern Petroleum, a large diversified business that’s among the top 1,000 corporations in the country. It’s actively participating the in the state’s PUV modernization program.

Last September 2017, the GAZ Group and Eastern Petroleum signed a distributorship agreement bring in the GAZ brand and its vehicles into the country.


  1. It might look odd at first but they seem to have a much bigger interior than the typical jap vans.

    1. Probably has the same interior space as a Ford Transit Connect in other countries.

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