Car manufacturers have taken a very proactive stance towards the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP). Hyundai has been one of them, among very vocal about their support for the Program. It's great news for commuters too as their “weapons” of choice have begun rolling out of their factories.
To get things started, the first five units of their Modern Jeepney Class 2, based off of the Hyundai HD50S, were turned over to Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI)’s commercial vehicle dealerships. The said modern PUVs were assembled in partnership with Del Monte Motor Works, Inc. (DMMWI).
“Since we began our Commercial Vehicle business in 2016, we have strongly supported PUV Modernization, as we are excited about the many new ways we could serve Filipinos. At last, we are thrilled to see our vision and our promise come to life! We forged this strong partnership with Del Monte since we share the same aim – give jeepney operators and commuters a safer, more efficient, and convenient mode of transport,” said Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, HARI President and CEO.
Narciso Morales, President of DMMWI was at the turnover ceremony, as well. Confident in their plants’ capacity to meet the stringent standards of Hyundai, he made sure to set everyone’s minds at ease. “We have been in this business for 70 years… with six plants all over the country… Combining Korean technology and Del Monte’s experience in the manufacturing sector, we are determined to accomplish HARI’s projected target,” Morales said later in the evening.
It is worth noting that both Hyundai’s Class 1 and 2 buses have recently received their Certificates of Compliance from the Department of Transport. This simply means that they are ready for use and deployment nationwide.
While we have yet to see the production units of the Class 1 bus, the Class 2 is more than ready to see duty. The HD50S-based platform is powered by a 2.9-liter Euro 4-compliant CRDi engine that provides better fuel efficiency, reliability, and cleaner emissions. It is designed for enhanced stability and power-to-weight ratio, boasting a 3,415-millimeter wheelbase. The Class 2 vehicle also features roof-mounted air conditioning, AFCS, Wi-Fi, GPS tracking, CCTV cameras, 7-inch monitor, and speed limiter. It can accommodate 22 seated passengers + 1 driver as well as 8 to 10 standing commuters.
The PUVMP really is for the greater good of all. With such modern and cleaner solutions to public transportation, why not give the Program a chance, right?