The Xpander is Mitsubishi Motor’s latest compact 7-seater MPV which was launched in the Philippines just last year. But do you know that the said MPV is already being used as a taxi in Butuan City?
As shown below, an Xpander taxi was seen plying the streets in Butuan City. It is owned by Balangay Transport Service Cooperative (BALTRANSCO).
Majority of taxi units are either Toyota Corolla Altis or Toyota Vios. A few are Avanza, Innova and the diesel-run Tata Indigo. Some Chevrolet Sail units are also observed in Cagayan de Oro. But these models have been in the market for several years already. The Xpander is still relatively new in the country with four variants costing from P999,000 to P1.175 Million (from MMPC website).
Several brand new taxi units of BALTRANSCO arrived last week in Butuan. Watch below.
As someone in Butuan jokingly say, “taxi lang ang Xpander dre“.
photo by Robert Kwan Jr