During the Hyundai Power Solutions Mobility Expo, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc., (HARI) revealed its new modern PUV alongside their complete lineup of commercial vehicles (CV). Hyundai says their modern take on basic transport represents the brand’s idea of the Philippines’ future of public transportation, which is safer and more comfortable.
“The debut of the new Hyundai Modern Jeepney reflects the company’s steadfast commitment to support the government’s Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP). We believe that fleet modernization is an important step towards the economic progress of the Philippines, and we have been working closely with the Department of Transportation to ensure that this vision becomes a reality,” said HARI president and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo.
Hyundai’s modern PUV was styled by the ‘young minds’ of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Architecture and Interior Design and the UP College of Engineering. It will be built in collaboration with coachbuilder Del Monte Motor Works, Inc., which will be assembling the body and retrofitting the interior components. Hyundai Motor Company’s Research and Development Center in South Korea has lended their technical expertise for the project.
Not much technical detail was revealed regarding Hyundai’s Modern PUV. However, they did mention that it will use a Euro-IV CRDi engine for better fuel efficiency, reliability and cleaner emissions. HARI also says that it has better stability, an optimized height-weight ratio and improved power-to-weight ratio. Features such as cashless payment (Beep), WiFi, GPS tracking, CCTV cameras and a speed limiter come standard as mandated by the Department of Transportation (DOTr). Furthermore, it also has side entrance doors which are safer compared to the rear entry seen on the jeepneys running around the street.
For their entry to the PUVMP, Hyundai has already allocated 800 units to various trasnportation groups in the country. Hyundai aims to supply the first 400 units of its modern PUV to the key transport cooperatives all around the country – specifically the Public Transport Alliance of General Santos.
The Korean marque hopes to have its first fleet of modern PUVs on Philippine roads by the first half of 2019.