Geely PH partners with NLEX Corp. to help tourism industry bounce back

Updated Nov 15, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

A timely partnership amid the relaxed travel restrictions.

Now that the quarantine restriction in the National Capital Region (NCR) has been lowered to Alert Level 2, out-of-town trips are more favorable as it is now relatively safer. Geely Philippines took the time to explore some of the finest spots up north through its partnership with the NLEX Corporation.

Geely Okavango on the road

Geely Okavango

Dubbed as the NLEX Lakbay Norte, the partnership aims to revive the tourism industry after hitting rock bottom when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country last March 2020. The media familiarization tour showcases destinations and culture highlights in North and Central Luzon. This November, Pampanga was chosen to be the travel destination.

“Ever since, Geely has been putting a high premium on safety for its vehicles. We’ve always been vocal about equating value with safety by putting our minds [to] the drivers and passengers in every vehicle we introduce to the market. We want to give them peace of mind in every Geely drive,” said SGAP President and CEO Yosuke Nishi.

Geely Okavango on the road

Geely supports the local economy

One of the vehicles Geely Philippines showcases is its largest offering, the Okavango. Considering that children are now allowed to go out, the Okavango is capable of hauling Filipino families with its 7-seating configuration. It also offers a panoramic sunroof so passengers can enjoy the outdoor ambiance.

For a safer drive on long trips, the Geely Okavango is installed with safety features such as six airbags, an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), 360-degree view camera, hill descent control, hill start assist, electronic stability control, and tire pressure monitor.

Meanwhile, NLEX Corporation President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista expressed his delight over their partnership with Geely Philippines. He said, “we are happy with the partnership with Geely as we both strive to provide safe and convenient travel to the public, as well as support economic recovery through tourism.”

NLEX toll gate

NLEX Lakbay Norte's story continues

The toll road company continues to find ways to make traveling more convenient. One of which is the construction of the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road that will connect Sta. Mesa and Caloocan Interchange. This aims to provide better access to areas up north without running through heavy traffic in Manila.

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Know more about Geely Okavango 2023

Geely Okavango

The Geely Okavango 2023 is the first seven-seater from Geely Philippines for the Philippine market, which also makes it the biggest model in the lineup so far. Its quirky name was taken from the Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa and the 1,000th World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO. Despite its unibody platform, Geely’s third model for Filipino customers is actually longer and wider than mainstream contenders in the truck-based midsize SUV category, measuring 4,835mm long, 1,900mm wide, and 1,785mm high. Ground clearance, however, is at a rather low 194mm.   

The Geely Okavango’s price Philippines ranges from Php 1,503,000 for the base Comfort variant to Php 1,765,000 for the range-topping Urban Plus. Rivals in its segment include the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Nissan Terra, Isuzu D-Max, and Ford Ranger

₱ 1,218,000 - ₱ 1,765,000

Rex Sanchez

Rex Sanchez


Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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