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Mind over matter. We often hear this phrase used to describe achievements over monumental odds. For persons with disabilities (PWDs), this is an everyday mantra, especially in our society where public infrastructure hasn’t really been designed with their ease of mobility in mind.
This is the kind of world a PWD like Camille Cu has to work herself around in. Though her body may be limited in movement, her sharp mind more than makes up for it. The 47-year-old is a kick-ass software developer.
Camille found herself in the auto market on the lookout for a reasonably priced multi-purpose vehicle or a van spacious enough to accommodate her and her family, loads of baggage, and her wheelchair. She found that the vans from leading manufacturers had clearances that were too high—making ingress and egress difficult—and had too little space inside. Furthermore, retrofitting these vehicles to make them more PWD-friendly went beyond her family’s budget.
“Although I have good upper body strength, it would still be difficult for me to enter these vans without any handicap accessibility modifications,” observed Camille.
When she saw the Maxus G10 Assist, Camille knew this was it for her. “The vehicle came with the built-in motorized lift, and yet the price was still comparable to conventional vans. The four bucket seats were comfortable, with extra space at the back for my wheelchair.”
“The Maxus G10 Assist checked a lot of the boxes I and my family required, which made us willing to try out a new brand,” Camille said.
Camille’s family bought the G10 Assist in January 2020. However, shortly after, the pandemic struck and the community quarantines ensued, limiting the entire household’s movements. Nonetheless, Camille said she uses the MPV for her regular doctor’s appointments, and she and her family could still enjoy quick day trips south of Metro Manila once a week on board the G10 Assist, which has now logged in just below 6,000 km.
It’s obvious what Camille’s favorite feature in the G10 Assist is. “The best feature is the lift, of course, but sometimes I feel it should move faster. It’s slow, and I keep on looking at the back to see how many cars are waiting for me to get in. I like to do things fast and not waste time. Sometimes I feel like jumping off it.”
Camille reveals her family has other cars. But the G10 Assist has become their main vehicle, with the others used as backups.
The G10 was introduced in mid-2019 by Maxus Philippines, an Ayala-backed company. The MPV featured a 9-seat configuration with spacious interiors, highlighted by adjustable seating for all seats, which includes four captain’s seats in the second and third rows and 60:40 split rear bench seat with tumble, flexible and spacious luggage room, 7-inch touchscreen radio with USB and Bluetooth and 6-speaker system, a 220-volt power supply, and front and rear air-conditioning system.
It was positioned as a family MPV powered by a Euro4 1.9-liter diesel engine equipped with VGT charger mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that produces a maximum 148 hp of power at 4,000rpm and a maximum torque of 350 Nm at 1,800 to 2,600rpm.
Afterwards, the G10 Assist was introduced. According to Maxus Philippines, the G10 with Assist package is ideal for the elderly and persons with walking difficulties, and also for recovering patients who need assistance getting into and out of the vehicle, as it comes with the programmable swivel lifting seat at the second row, conveniently beside the sliding door. This seat swivels to face the sidewalk, slides out and can be lowered down to street level so that the passenger can easily take the seat, or disembark. The programmable swivel lifting seat is easy to operate via seat switch, remote control or even through mobile phone.
The Maxus G10 variants’ prices start at P1.790 million, while the Maxus G10 Elite AT Assist goes for P2,189,800.
Now, if only Camille could program the lifting seat to move just a tad faster…

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