Almost a year to the day since we reviewed their L3 compact sedan, particularly its oft-misunderstood dual-clutch transmission (DCT), BYD Philippines partners up with a major car-rental player and makes the model available for short-term use, chauffeur-driven or otherwise. Read our story on why BYD’s DCT is a next-gen gearbox and you might want to take out the BYD L3 on a test drive of your own. Just remember, a DCT has more affinity with a manual gearbox than it does with a ‘matic … and that’s a good thing.
Press Statement by Solar Transport Automotive Resources Corp., “National Car Rental partners with BYD Philippines,” 2016:
Manila, 26 April 2016–SOLAR TRANSPORT AUTOMOTIVE RESOURCES CORP., (STAR Corp.), the exclusive distributor of BYD vehicles in the Philippines, announced today their partnership with National Car Rental Philippines, the international premium brand that offers a variety of vehicle options and business transportation solutions. National Car Rental Philippines will be adding new BYD L3s among their lineup of vehicles.
The BYD L3 sedan is powered by a 1.5L GS-I, which is equipped with a 16-valve SOHC, fuel injected gasoline engine that produces a maximum power of 107 hp at 5,800 rpm and maximum torque of 145 N-m at 4,800 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission), which is 15-percent more fuel efficient than traditional automatic gearboxes.
The L3 comes with a smart keyless entry; dual-mode power sunroof; projector-type halogen headlights; rear windshield defogger; leather interior; push/stop start button; front and rear reading lamp; six-way adjustable driver seat with lumbar support; onboard entertainment system with seven-inch touch-screen monitor, AM/FM, CD, DVD, AUX, USB, SD card and map.
“Auto manufacturers have looked at car rental companies as a showcase where potential customers can test-drive the cars. The L3 is very spacious and comfortable. I’m sure that the customers of National Car Rental will not be disappointed,” said BYD Philippines managing director Mark Andrew Tieng.
“The L3 also has some of the best safety features which include six airbags (dual front, side and curtain); anti-lock Brake System (ABS and EBD); anti-theft system/engine immobilizer; rear parking radars; and side impact beams and front fog lamps to name a few,” added Tieng.
National Car Rental Philippines began its operations in 1978 with a group of respected businessmen spearheaded by locally renowned Architect Cresenciano de Castro. The brand is owned by St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, a privately held company which, through its regional subsidiaries, also owns and operates the Alamo Rent A Car and Enterprise Rent-A-Car brands.
National Car Rental Philippines offers airport transfer; pick-up and drop-off services; chauffeur-driven daily car rental; self-driven car rental; and company auto leasing. Their branches are in NAIA 1, Poblacion, Makati City and Boni Ave. in Mandaluyong City. Their website is nationalcarph.com with Tel. no. 890 3252.
“Our clients range from local individuals to top business firms and international reservations. Our goal is to deliver and provide quality vehicles and services. The L3 will be perfect for our clientele most especially the growing local Asian market and other business owners alike,” said National Car Rental Philippines president Michael Rafael H. de Castro.