First look: The Isuzu D-Max-based Popemobile for Pope Francis's visit

For pontiff's arrival next week
by Vernon B. Sarne | Jan 10, 2015
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As you know, the universally adored head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, is visiting the Philippines on January 15 to 19. A major part of his itinerary is his scheduled stop in calamity-stricken Tacloban, but he will of course be making rounds in Metro Manila as well. Expected to transport him during these road trips is the Popemobile, a white-colored custom vehicle that features an open or see-through portion from which the Pope may wave at crowds of the Catholic faithful who will be lining the streets just to catch a glimpse of His Holiness.

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For months now, people have been speculating as to which specific vehicle will serve as the Popemobile for this latest papal visit. You may recall that Francisco Motors built a Popemobile for Pope John Paul II's Philippine visit in 1995. The questions now are: Who is going to make Pope Francis's ride for his Manila trip, and what is the vehicle going to be?

Now it can be told: Gencars Inc., a company owned by former Ambassador Antonio Cabangon-Chua and which runs Isuzu dealerships in Makati, Batangas and Laguna, is providing Pope Francis his Popemobile. This time around, the Popemobile is based on the Isuzu D-Max (but of course). As you can see from these photos, Gencars had to remove the rear portion of the D-Max's double-cab passenger space in order to make the cargo bed more spacious for the Pope.

This D-Max Popemobile will reportedly be used by the Pope in Tacloban, while a jeepney-based Popemobile is said to have been prepared for his Metro Manila rounds.

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We still don't know what the exact technical specifications of this D-Max Popemobile are, but one thing is for sure: The pickup's association with Pope Francis will surely do wonders for the Isuzu workhorse's popularity in our predominantly Catholic market. Count on it.

 

Isuzu D-Max Popemobile

Isuzu D-Max Popemobile

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Isuzu D-Max Popemobile

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