Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) has always been supportive of the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP). Only a few days after reaffirming their commitment at the Roads & Traffic Expo, Hyundai’s Modern Jeepney Class 1 and 2 have officially received Certificates of Compliance from the DOTr.
That means that both variations of the modern jeepneys are now ready to see action.
For the Modern Jeepney Class 1 which is based on the H-100, it is Hyundai’s take on the iconic “King of the Road”. The company says that it is proudly people-centric, fuel efficient, and innovative. It received its COC after undergoing dimensional testing by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It is capable of seating 12 occupants, while boasting of increased fuel economy and a more stable drive, it will also be equipped with features such as CCTV, digital signboard, optional Wi-Fi router, and two automated fare collection systems (AFCS) for convenient payment. Power is sourced from a 2.5L CDRi Euro 4 compliant engine, which makes it environment friendly.
As for the bigger Modern Jeepney Class 2 which sits on the HD50S model, it will feature a roof-mounted air conditioning, AFCS, Wi-Fi, GPS tracking, CCTV cameras, 7-inch monitor, and a speed limiter. It is likewise powered by a Euro 4 compliant engine albeit with a bigger 2.9L power plant. Mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, it will provide better fuel efficiency, reliability, and cleaner emissions.
“Hyundai innovation does not stop adapting to the call of the times. We are not only in the business of cars—we’re in the business of mobility. More than just delivering innovative products, we continue to rethink our business model, connect with people and institutions, and are open to new perspectives and new ways of thinking and doing things,” said Maria Fe Perez-Agudo, HARI president and CEO.
With the modernization program (seemingly) in full swing, it’s good news to see that the new options are getting the government’s stamp of approval. Next, we hope to see more transport groups come into the fold and give modernization and Mother Nature a chance.