A popular brand in Central Luzon, but vaguely known in Metro Manila, Haima Philippines has made its mark in the lucrative car market up north, securing a hold without so much as making a squeak in Manila. Under the helm of the Laus Group of Companies, China-sourced Haima became a byword among the Capampangan and Ilocano clients, thanks to its very affordable bantam cars.

One of the more popular Haima model is the HAIMA V70 MPV A/T. It’s unique right off the bat; with an Estate body profile with a higher floor clearance, it’s very practical in both highways and narrow rural roads. It’s not a run-of-the-mill make but actually has higher quality than its contemporaries.Exterior

Basically, it’s a long wagon with a taller roof height. Equipped with roof racks and moonroof, it lends a more sporting look, the body lines swoop from the front to the rear in a no-nonsense form. No sharp corners here, just a flowing form that emits an aerodynamic shape. One thing that sets it apart is the big chrome grille. It’s a “love it or hate it” feature. Admittedly, this is what sets the V70 apart from its brethren.

Interior

The interior is smartly spread for maximum comfort. The seats, clad in brown leatherette are just right, not too narrow, comfortable with visible support. The second row is a pair of seats with a console in the middle, a nice touch actually. The front console features an AC vent for the second row. The third row features a bench seat that folds for more cargo space.

The shifter console holds a control knob in the middle, reminiscent of european sedans. However, don’t let it fool you, its one of three volume and mode control of the AM/FM Radio, 8-inch Touchscreen, MP3 Player with 4 speakers. The other two are the steering wheel button and manual control on the unit itself.

Engine

The 1.5-liter, DOHC,16-Valve, Multi-Point Injection, iVVT Turbocharged gasoline engine is mated to 6-Speed, Automatic( with Manual shifting). Power is at 156ps / 5,500rpm, with torque at  220 Nm @ 1,800-4,000 rpm. The combination is impressive at minimum load, but you can feel the strain at full load (6 adults), but its just logical, with only 1.5-liter displacement. The suspension is comfortable enough but bottoms out when at full capacity.

The rim/tire combination (205/60/16) gives the Haima V70 a handsome profile. Maybe a set of 17s with taller profile can give this the additional bling it deserves.

Safety Features

  • Driver and Passenger airbags
  • Concealed Front Passenger seat Air Bag
  • Adjustable Overspeeding warning
  • Front seatbelt: 3-point with pretensioner
  • Rear seatbelt: 3-point x 3
  • Electronic Door Locks
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS )with Electronic Brake-force distribution
  • Immobilizer
  • Security alarm
  • Automatic unlock in Collision
  • Electronic Stability Program ESP
  • Traction Control Program
  • Hill Start Assist System
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Automatic Fuel Cut-off after collision
  • Furel tank anti-rollover valve
  • ISOFIX Anchorage points

Price (as tested) Php 999,000

The V70 is an excellent choice for an MPV. It both practical for single or 7 passengers, or fold the rear seats for big cargo space. It has car-like dimensions with minvan space; You’d be hard pressed to find a better combination.

For more information, visit www.haima.com.ph

or contact:

The Laus Group Corporate Center,

2nd Floor, Jose Abad Santos Ave.,

San Jose, City of San Fernando, Pampanga

 Phone :
+63 45 963 2641
+63 45 963 2611

Text/Images by Earl Manalansan

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