Hyundai modern jeepneys delivered, displayed

    Hyundai modern jeeps being turned over.
    Modern jeepneys are part of the shuttle system and are given priority in the transportation system, post-ECQ. (Handout photo)

    HYUNDAI recently released its own version of the modern jeepney as it turned over several units of the Class 2 modern jeepney to the Public Transport Alliance of Gensan (PTAG). Two weeks later it showcased its full lineup including the H-100 Class 1, the HD50S Class 2, and debuted the HD50S Class 3 at Negoshow Oro in Laguna.

    The two events promote the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP).

    PTAG President Robert N. Cang said that 15 out of the 326 units ordered were already turned over. PTAG, one of the country’s major transport cooperatives, comprising 11 groups and around 2,000 individual members, is the first Mindanao transport cooperative to comply with the national PUVMP in the region.

    At the Negoshow Oro in Laguna, 16 more transport cooperatives signed MOUs with HTB Calamba for 1,708 units of the modern jeepney Class 2 and 570 units of the modern jeepney Class 3 or a total of 2,278 units. To date, HARI has penned over 2,000 units orders of its modern jeepney line with various transport groups across the country.

    The PTAG turn over ceremony took place in General Santos City Oval Plaza with Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Atty. Martin B. Delgra III; DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Atty. Mark Steven Pastor; LTFRB Region XII Director Col. Paterno Reynato Padua (ret.), and representatives from Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) Commercial Vehicles Division as guests.

    In his speech, DOTr Asec. Pastor expressed confidence that the government program is gaining traction as operators, drivers, and commuters alike are realizing the economic, social, and environmental benefits of modernizing the local public transport system.

    “We are happy to start 2020 strong in our commitment to support the PUVM. We made sure that the units reached GenSan safe and sound through their 1,230-kilometer journey from the Hyundai Logistics Center in Laguna,” HARI President and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo warmly said explaining that the new jeepneys will be a part of the RORO system of province.

    The Hyundai Class 2 modern jeepney is built on the HD50S platform and 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. It also features roof-mounted air conditioning, AFCS, Wi-Fi, GPS tracking, CCTV cameras, 7-inch monitor, and speed limiter and can accommodate 22 seated passengers as well as up to ten standing commuters.