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Top Gear Philippines Philippine Car News - First locally-assembled Scania truck rolls off production line

BJ Mercantile, the official dealer of Scania trucks in the Philippines, is getting ready for the launch of its showroom in February by completing the assembly of the first Scania truck in the Philippines, a Scania G360 tractor head. By "assembly," we take it to mean the act of simply putting together ready-made sections of the truck.

"The vehicle was easy to assemble," said BJ Mercantile operations manager Cyril Vizcayno. "The process given was easy to follow, and the experience is similar to putting together toy building bricks."

According to BJ Mercantile, the truck is only the first of 30 units it will assemble to meet initial orders when the Scania showroom opens along EDSA in Balintawak, Quezon City.

Prior to assembling the trucks, BJ Mercantile flew its mechanics to Malaysia to undergo training at the truckmaker's ASEAN regional office. In preparation for its after-sales service, the local firm's technical team, headed by technical services manager Mark Glenn Pangan, also flew to Malaysia to attend the system diagnosis and preventive maintenance training. Lastly, to ensure quality control and training, Scania Brazil process engineer Gustavo Caetano visited to supervise and provide technical support.

"Scania hopes to make a big impact in the local transport sector in terms of safety, reliability and fuel efficiency," said BJ Mercantile vice president Leilani Lim Tan. "We are very excited to see the trucks hit Philippine roads soon."

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