A multicab is a small light truck in the Philippines that is usually used as public transport. Just like jeepneys, they have fixed routes. Although, there are multicabs that serve as taxicabs where passengers go exactly where they want, as a tricycle might. Aside from being a mode of mass transportation, it can also be customized for other purposes such as a pickup truck or a private van.
Multicabs can be found throughout the Philippines. It can be found in urban areas such as Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao. A multicab is lightweight, narrow and small and can navigate through narrow streets. With seating capacity of around 11 to 13, the passenger space also tends to be cramped relative to a van. There are also multicabs that have a seating capacity less than 11. Small multicabs typically have three-cylinder engines. In Tacloban, there are plans to convert the multicab engines into rechargeable batteries for sustainable energy.
A multicab is about as comfortable as a jeepney, and usually has a cleaner and less noisy engine. A group travelling by multicab may hire a multicab for a day (e.g. for family use) and pay the daily fee, while optionally buying food and drink for the driver. A multicab is typically assembled in a factory in the Philippines with surplus parts from Japan and South Korea, in contrast to jeepneys, which are usually hand-made. Popular makes are Suzuki models such as, Suzuki LMM 376 and Suzuki Every 660, or more rugged cousin, the Suzuki Scrum. Multicab models sometimes also using Daihatsu Hijet S100. The key of a certain model of a multicab can open a locked car.
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