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From left: Del Monte Motor Works, Inc. President Atty. Narciso Morales; and HARI President and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo.

Isuzu Philippines Corporation last week turned over 17 modern PUVs to the Metro Valenzuela Transport Service Cooperative or Metroval TSC, adding to at least 100 units to various transport cooperatives around the country.
The new PUVs’ route will be around Valenzuela – eight units for Malanday-Pier, four units for Malanday-Divisoria, three units for Malanday-Recto, one unit for Malanday-Sta Cruz, and one unit for Meycauayan-Monumento. This is according to Metroval TSC, Celso Ensila Jr., Metroval TSC chairman.
The 17 PUVs were assembled using the Isuzu QKR77 platform, with the rear body designed and manufactured by Almazora Motors Corp.
IPC said the units are all air-conditioned Class 2 PUVs with a side-facing seat configuration.  The Isuzu QKR platform is assembled in the Philippines and is equipped with Euro IV-compliant 4JH1-TC Diesel Engine that delivers excellent fuel economy.
The new PUV body is compliant with Philippine National Standards (PNS 2126:2017), with the passenger cabin providing more space for passengers to move easily inside, IPC said.
The modern PUV’s body has a passenger door at the right side, facing the sidewalk, panoramic windows and windshields, full-body insulation, and automatic door closer.
IPC has designed the modern PUVs with various accessories such as WiFi, GPS, CCTV, LED displays and automatic fare collection system enabling cashless operations.
One of the first routes to have the Isuzu modern PUV was the Senate building at the CCP Complex to Taft Avenue route.
The government aims to modernize all PUVs by June 2020, and envisions the replacement of some 200,000 PUVs nationwide 15 years and older with new, safe, and environment-friendly vehicles.
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The face of the King of the Road has changed with more auto companies rolling off variants of the modern jeepney.
The most recent were the five units of the HD50S Modern Jeepney Class 2 from Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) which were turned over by Del Monte Motor Works Inc. (DMMWI).
HARI president and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, at the roll off ceremony, said: “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.”
Equally proud of the Modern Jeepney units was Narciso Morales, DMMWI president, who welcomed guests from HARI and from Hyundai’s nationwide dealership network to their assembly facility.
“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,” he said.
DMMWI was established in 1950 to promote Filipino engineering ingenuity through skilled craftsmanship of durable bodies for trucks and buses. Del Monte also assembled Hyundai’s initial Class 2 prototype unveiled during the opening ceremonies of the Hyundai Power Solutions Mobility Expo held at the LausGroup Event Centre in San Fernando, Pampanga.
The Hyundai Modern Jeepney Class 2 built on Hyundai’s HD50S platform, is powered by a 2.9-liter Euro 4-compliant CRDi engine, and with a 3,415-millimeter wheelbase.
The Class 2 vehicle also features roof-mounted air conditioning, AFCS, Wi-Fi, GPS tracking, CCTV cameras, seven-inch monitor, and speed limiter. It can accommodate 22 seated passengers plus one driver and space allows for eight to 10 standing commuters.
The roll-off ceremony followed the signing of a memorandum of agreement between HARI and DMMWI to formalize their partnership. DMMWI will assemble Class 2 Modern Jeepneys for local transport cooperatives as part of the PUV modernization program.
HARI is the official distributor of Hyundai passenger cars and commercial vehicles in the Philippines.
By Pinky Concha Colmenares

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