Ateneo, Volkswagen mobility partners for UAAP Season 86

The Ateneo Blue Eagles drove Volkswagen vehicles to and from games of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 86 3×3 Basketball Tournament held May 2 to 5 at Ayala Malls Manila Bay.

As the Ateneo Blue Eagles’ official mobility partner for UAAP Season 86, Volkswagen offered its most popular German-engineered models to the Ateneo men’s and women’s 3×3 basketball teams—the subcompact crossover T-Cross and the Lamando executive sedan.

“Volkswagen Philippines proudly supports the Ateneo men’s and women’s 3×3 basketball teams in UAAP Season 86,” said Volkswagen Philippines chief operating officer Josh Altarejos.

“The Ateneo Basketball team’s pursuit of excellence is a trait Volkswagen’s German-engineered lineup equally projects. With the Ateneo Blue Eagles’ championship pedigree, we are confident that they will positively impact the sport this year, in the same way the Volkswagen brand creates fun and memorable experiences for its owners everywhere,” added Altarejos.

“We are thankful for the partnership and mobility boost provided by Volkswagen Philippines,” said Ateneo athletic director Emmanuel Fernandez. “The 3×3 Basketball Tournament highlights a different way of playing the country’s most popular sport. Driving worry-free to and from the games with the three stand-out and stylish Volkswagen models will give them the additional confidence they need going into the tournament. Together with Volkswagen Philippines, we aim to embody excellence in our game this year,” shared Fernandez.

Youthful exuberance

Projecting a fun and dynamic vibe, the Volkswagen T-Cross is an ideal ride for the youthful and energetic Ateneo Blue Eagles. Its everyday practicality is matched by a unique and distinctive design that combines European maturity with modern dynamism and a desire for adventure.

With its raised seat position, the interior of the T-Cross creates a feeling of freedom and versatility. Its folding rear seat provides plenty of space for passengers, luggage, and spontaneous plans, and when folded down, cargo space expands from 329 to 1,319 liters.

And it also comes with a host of amenities, such as its 9.2-inch infotainment system equipped with Apple CarPlay, the active info display for the driver, and the USB-C ports for rear passengers, just below the rear air conditioning vents.

With 113 PS and 145 Nm of torque from its 1.5-liter 180 MPI BlueMotion engine, fun drives around town are now easier and more efficient than ever.

The Volkswagen T-Cross 180 MPI AT SE retails for ₱1,340,000.

From left: Altarejos, and Team Ateneo’s assistant director for operations of the university athletics office Mickey Gavino, women’s coach PJ Navarro, men’s team captain Alonzo Luna, women’s team captain Sandra Villacruz, men’s coach Nico Salva, student-athlete services assistant of the office of college athletics Trina Aligada, and AVP for student activities and leadership formation Marie Joy Salita

Driven to excellence

The Volkswagen Lamando is an executive sedan that exudes success and celebrates accomplishments, a perfect match for the Ateneo Blue Eagles.

Endowed with 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque from a 1.4-liter turbocharged 280 TSI mill, the Lamando makes driving a confident and elegant affair by maximizing fuel efficiency and performance. Its smooth 7-speed DSG transmission makes for responsive and lively moments behind the wheel.

The Lamando’s comfortable ride is highlighted by its spacious interior kept cool with its Climatronic dual-zone air conditioning system, which comes equipped with a pollen filter and rear air conditioning vents. Adaptive cruise control and a panoramic sunroof make it a true German-engineered, premium sedan.

Priced from ₱1,619,000 to ₱1,753,000, the Volkswagen Lamando 280 TSI DSG in SE and SEL variants, respectively, are flagship-level statements of German design, quality, and engineering.

All German-engineered Volkswagen Philippines models are covered by a once-a-year periodic maintenance service (or every 10,000 km, whichever comes first), a 3-year, or 100,000-km, vehicle warranty, and free one-year 24/7 emergency roadside assistance (ERA) for customers’ peace of mind.