On July 4, 2019, Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI), expressed its support for the Philippine government’s efforts in bringing the Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) in the country up to modern standards. The PUV modernization program (PUVMP) reached a milestone during its caravan from Quezon Memorial Circle to Clark, Pampanga, with multiple brands fielding their modern jeepneys. Among these vehicles was Hyundai’s entry, a Class 1 Hyundai Modern Jeepney.
The caravan is set to continue on and will run from July 2019 to February 2020. A total of four phases was or will be held throughout the year, with the first phase completed in SM City Clark Pampanga. The motorcade will move to hit other key cities and municipalities in North Luzon until August. Phase two will begin in September to go through Southern Luzon. Phase three will happen in November and will be in the Visayas. Phase four will cover the Mindanao region between January and February 2020.
The caravan’s goal is to introduce the vehicles that are participating in the PUVMP to potential participants and transport groups outside of Metro Manila, and its theme moving forward is “Arangkada ng Pagbabago Tungo sa Kaunlaran.”
Hyundai’s Class 1 modern jeep features a modified H-100 body running on a 2.5L CRDi Euro 4 diesel engine. A total of 12 passengers can sit comfortably, and the PUV is fully compliant with PUVMP specifications. It uses an automated fee collection system, CCTV, GPS, LED signage, WiFi, and a speed limiter/buzzer. These coupled with basics such as air conditioning, make this modern jeep a safer and more comfortable ride for commuters in and out of the Metro.