Exclusive: Sarao scion designs modern jeepney for school thesis

See if you like how it looks
by Vernon B. Sarne | Aug 6, 2014

Sarao Prototype-1

Early this year, our test drive editor Jason Dela Cruz was notified by Facebook that he had been tagged in a photo posted by his friend Jackie Sarao, the grandson of Sarao Motors founder Leonardo Sarao. When he checked the image, what Jason saw impressed him: a modern-day interpretation of the Philippine jeepney. Sarao Motors, as you know, has been forever synonymous with jeepneys like Porsche has been synonymous with sports cars.

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It turned out the vehicle in question was the young Sarao's thesis for his Industrial Design course at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Jason brought this up with our editorial team, and we made arrangements for the MPV--called the Sarao Prototype-1--to be included in this month's Green Issue.

On June 17, Sarao Motors gave Top Gear Philippines an exclusive preview of the Prototype-1, which uses a 4.2-liter six-cylinder diesel engine from a Nissan Patrol. For a comprehensive story on how Jackie put together this vehicle, get a copy of our August 2014 issue.

Anyway, we can only imagine what the reaction of Jackie's professor was when he first laid eyes on the Prototype-1. How do you not give this the highest possible grade?

Jackie graduated last month. But the study continues on whether there's a commercial future waiting for his Sarao Prototype-1. What do you think? Check out the exclusive photos below.

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Photos by Alfred Mendoza

 

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